partly

adverb
part·​ly | \ ˈpärt-lē How to pronounce partly (audio) \

Definition of partly

: in some measure or degree : partially

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Examples of partly in a Sentence

The project failed partly because of a lack of funds. What you say is only partly true.
Recent Examples on the Web Oregon’s failure to produce thriving startups is partly due to the tech industry’s consolidation in major hubs, such as Silicon Valley and Seattle. oregonlive, "Flir, one of Oregon’s last homegrown technology companies, sells for $8 billion," 4 Jan. 2021 Many around the world looked toward 2021 with hope, partly due to the arrival of vaccines that offer a chance of beating the pandemic. Author: Frank Jordans, Derek Gatopoulos, Anchorage Daily News, "New Year’s revelry around the world muted by pandemic as curtain draws on 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 Many around the world looked toward 2021 with hope, partly due to the arrival of vaccines that offer a chance of beating the pandemic. Time, "New Year's Revelries Are Muted by Coronavirus as the Curtain Draws on 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 Many around the world looked toward 2021 with hope, partly due to the arrival of vaccines that offer a chance of beating the pandemic. Arkansas Online, "New Year's revelries muted by virus as curtain draws on 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 The consolidation was recommended partly due to declining enrollment but mostly to provide better learning spaces and technology, Gurka said at the time. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "North Royalton schools Superintendent Greg Gurka to retire June 1, led school rebuilding campaign," 29 Dec. 2020 The delay in Congress to renew COVID-19 relief aid was due partly to a dispute between Democrats and Republicans over how much supplemental unemployment benefits should be. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Unemployed workers in Connecticut -- many living on the edge -- see relief after President Trump finally signs coronavirus pandemic stimulus," 28 Dec. 2020 The psychiatrist who gave the initial diagnosis, which Delta paid for, years later was forced by Illinois regulators to stop practicing medicine partly due to improprieties involving commercial-pilot screening for the carrier. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Chief Had Helped Delta Retaliate Against Whistleblower, Administrative Judge Rules," 27 Dec. 2020 While that’s partly due to state mandates, many patrons are avoiding large indoor gathering spots out of health concerns, even with strict capacity limits. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "COVID threatens 'the cultural water cooler' of small movie theaters. Will they survive a slow holiday season?," 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of partly

1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of partly was in 1523

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16 Jan 2021

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“Partly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partly. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for partly

partly

adverb
How to pronounce partly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of partly

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

partly

adverb
part·​ly | \ ˈpärt-lē How to pronounce partly (audio) \

Kids Definition of partly

: somewhat but not completely I was partly to blame for the argument.

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