part·​ly ˈpärt-lē How to pronounce partly (audio)
: in some measure or degree : partially

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 The difference in the case of the pope is partly because the conversation with Herzog was confidential, Israeli insiders said. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 This has to do, partly, with why we are fascinated by heroes in the first place. Mark Travers, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Its walkable nature is partly what has made Tokyo a destination rivaling Paris or New York for street photography. Simbarashe Cha, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 At its peak in October 2020, the Chinese tech giant was valued at more than $850 billion, before a slump that was partly the result of a tech crackdown in China. Clarence Leong, WSJ, 29 Nov. 2023 That won't be known until the IPO is closer at hand and its underwriters — Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley — set the stock price, based partly on demand from investors as well as the company's financials, such as its profitability and growth prospects. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 28 Nov. 2023 In his commercial work, Doherty works digitally, but all the images in the book were shot in 35-mm. film, a technical choice that the photographer appreciates, partly, for its unexpectedness. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2023 Hormones are partly to blame, but the growing fetus also places strain on your blood vessels. Amanda Gardner, Health, 28 Nov. 2023 Jackson Ryan’s travel for this story was partly funded by the ISTA Science Journalist in Residence Program. WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of partly was in 1523

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“Partly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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part·​ly ˈpärt-lē How to pronounce partly (audio)
: in some measure or degree : not completely
a statement that is only partly true

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