par·​tial·​ly | \ ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce partially (audio) \

Definition of partially

1 : to some extent : in some degree was only partially successful The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
2 archaic : in a biased manner : with partiality

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Examples of partially in a Sentence

I guess I'm partially responsible for what happened. He only partially explained his reason for leaving. The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
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Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s immigration policies immediately followed, and were partially informed by, the Obama administration’s efforts to deport millions of the undocumented, which also broke up untold numbers of families. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Our Frightening Moment Was Years in the Making," 8 Jan. 2020 Anyone who has John Mulaney pegged as America’s most wholesome comedian is only partially correct. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "John Mulaney Is Not So Square," 7 Jan. 2020 Behind the dining room, the expansive kitchen is partially visible behind a scrim. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "New Dallas steakhouse lands on list of ‘11 most beautiful new restaurants in America’," 7 Jan. 2020 The Department of Justice partially joined the lawsuit in August and filed its own complaint this week, according to court records and a news release from Fischer’s lawyers. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Feds accuse Community Health Network of Medicare fraud," 7 Jan. 2020 And when Iran approached Kubecka, UN sanctions had been partially lifted with the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) in 2015—though US sanctions remained in place. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Iran courted US security expert for years, seeking industrial hacking training," 7 Jan. 2020 Many homes and buildings in southern coastal towns partially crumbled or sustained serious damage., "Emergency Declared as Deadly New Quake Terrifies Puerto Rico," 7 Jan. 2020 Amanpour’s show is on PBS, which may partially insulate it from the market. Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020 The building, partially owned by Mr. Trump, does not carry his name, draws no protesters and has never garnered the president’s attention on Twitter. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "For Trump Organization, Office Skyscrapers Make Up for Lagging Hotels," 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of partially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of partially was in the 15th century

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11 Jan 2020

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“Partially.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of partially

: somewhat but not completely : to some extent or in some degree

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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