part·ly | \ˈpärt-lē \

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.

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Confidence: Medium Monday should be partly sunny and muggy with highs mainly in the lower 90s. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Seasonably warm today with a stray shower possible; more humid this weekend," 12 July 2018 Sunday and Monday will be warmer: Sunday is predicted to have a high of 85 with partly sunny skies, followed by a nighttime low of about 68. John Hilliard,, "Beachgoers warned of ‘moderate’ rip current risk," 12 July 2018 This is partly because the intensity of the sunlight is far higher without the Earth’s atmosphere absorbing large amounts on its way through to the surface. Charles W. Dunnill, Scientific American, "Method of Making Oxygen from Water in Zero Gravity Raises Hope for Long-Distance Space Travel," 10 July 2018 This is partly because China is much poorer than the U.S. on a per capita basis. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "How Trump Plans to Change the World," 9 July 2018 Today, for instance, Her Majesty was not at her great-grandson's christening, which could be partly why Meghan and Harry were so free with their affection. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Show Off Some PDA at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 The elimination of the late fee was partly a financial calculation. Cornelius Frolik, ajc, "Since Ohio library ended late fees, more materials getting returned," 6 July 2018 On a partly sunny afternoon in late January 2018, a small gaggle of reporters scuffed at the Goss Stadium turf waiting for media day to begin. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Inside Luke Heimlich's senior season with the Oregon State baseball team," 8 June 2018 Discussions between Uzabase and Quartz reportedly began in the fall and were rooted partly in Umeda’s early admiration of Quartz. Paul Mozur,, "Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business news startup, is sold to Japanese firm," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of partly

1523, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of partly

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


part·ly | \ˈpärt-lē \

Kids Definition of partly

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

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