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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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 This is partially because my lips get dry very easily — especially during the winter — which doesn't exactly set them up for success when layered with a coat of matte red paint. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Glow Recipe Launched A Lip Treatment — & Here’s Our Honest Review," 11 Feb. 2020 In other words, the drift was partially because of the pulsar tumbling as it was dragged along in the swirl of spacetime surrounding its white dwarf companion. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Bizarre Cosmic Dance Offers Fresh Test for General Relativity," 30 Jan. 2020 More than a dozen cities across China have been either fully or partially locked down by authorities, impacting nearly 60 million people. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Chinese officials crack down on wildlife markets as coronavirus outbreak nears 3,000 cases," 27 Jan. 2020 However, in the state semifinals, Panther quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson, a University of Texas signee, suffered a partially torn left anterior cruciate ligament which kept him out of the state title game. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Brook hires Duncanville DC John Towels III as new football head coach," 20 Jan. 2020 Jackson partially tore his left ACL in the state semifinals and missed the state championship, but the four-star recruit will have a chance to play for Texas this coming fall. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "SportsDayHS 2019 all-area football teams: See full first- and second-teams for defense, offense," 9 Jan. 2020 Microsoft Surface Pro 7: For the User On-The-Go There's a reason people really dig the line of Surface Pro laptops—and that's partially because the device is so versatile, perfecting the art of the laptop/tablet combo. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "When (and How) To Buy Your Next Laptop," 15 Dec. 2019 In Vietnam, Trump rejected Kim's calls for broad sanctions relief in exchange for partially surrendering the North's nuclear capabilities. Kim Tong-hyung,, "North Korea may have tested underwater-launched missile ahead of new nuclear talks with U.S.," 2 Oct. 2019 In Hanoi, Trump rejected Kim's calls for broad sanctions relief in exchange for partially surrendering its nuclear capabilities. NBC News, "North Korea fires missile days before resuming U.S. talks," 2 Oct. 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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22 Feb 2020

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“Partially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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