par·​tial·​ly | \ ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē \

Definition of partially

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

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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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Fiat Chrysler and Juventus are both partially owned by Exor, the investment holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family. Chuck Schilken,, "Union plans walkout of Fiat Chrysler workers to protest Juventus' signing of Cristiano Ronaldo," 12 July 2018 Firms like Awesomeness and Complex Media (both partially owned by Verizon through its joint venture with Hearst) struck expansive deals to distribute content on the app, resulting in shows like teen drama T@gged and docuseries QB1. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "After Go90's Collapse, Who's Buying "Snackable" TV Now?," 12 July 2018 One of the programs — known as the risk corridor program — required the federal government to partially offset insurers' losses by health insurers if the people who bought health plans required more care than projected. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Health insurers file suit for billions of dollars from federal government over Affordable Care Act commitments," 2 July 2018 Idaho Power partially owns three coal plants in Oregon, Nevada and Wyoming. Heather Kennison, idahostatesman, "What's it like to rely on renewable energy? Look at life in Idaho.," 26 June 2018 The Bunkhouse Group, led by Liz Lambert, who runs the Austin Motel and a number of other properties, has been a pioneer in this movement, and is now partially owned by the Standard Group. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Motel revivalism: How hipster hoteliers created a new roadside attraction," 22 June 2018 Everything Is Love, which was recorded under the name The Carters, was released exclusively for sale or stream to members of the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns. Melissa Locker, Time, "How to Listen to Beyoncé and Jay Z's New Album If You Don't Have Tidal," 18 June 2018 Outside of his commitments at Bottega Veneta, Maier maintains an eponymous brand of womenswear, menswear, and eyewear (which partially owned by Kering) and is famed in the fashion community for his eye for architecture and interior design. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Tomas Maier Is Exiting Bottega Veneta After 17 Years," 13 June 2018 Al Arabiya is believed to be at least partially owned by Saudi Arabia's government. Fox News, "The Latest: Saudi TV channels say assault on Hodeida begun," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of partially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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very full or close together

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