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 This coincided with a rise in fertility rates, partly because of more births among older women, who had earlier postponed them. The Economist, "A British baby boom grows up," 5 Sep. 2019 Another owner backed away from major remodeling plans in 2014 after the Coastal Commission pushed back, partly because of the seawall. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Agreement clears Laguna couple to appeal ruling against seawall, though other efforts are dropped," 23 Aug. 2019 In his report , Mueller said his team declined to make a prosecutorial judgment on whether to charge Trump, partly because of a Justice Department legal opinion that said sitting presidents shouldn't be indicted. Calvin Woodward, Fortune, "Fact-Checking Trump Claims and Mueller Hearing," 24 July 2019 Bale endured a difficult campaign last season, partly because of injuries. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Gareth Bale appears close to leaving Real Madrid as his agent calls Zinedine Zidane a 'disgrace'," 21 July 2019 County Commissioner Bill Hutson said there has been a 40 percent increase in the number of foster care children in the past year, partly because of the opioid crisis. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Children’s Center of Medina County celebrates new building," 20 July 2019 Kopechne, who was originally from Pennsylvania and grew up in New Jersey, headed south to Montgomery after graduating from Caldwell College partly because of her interest in the civil rights movement, Kashatus said. Mike Cason |,, "Before Chappaquiddick, Mary Jo Kopechne inspired students in Alabama," 18 July 2019 The American Cetacean Society says pilot whales are often involved in mass strandings partly because of their social nature. USA TODAY, "Saving whales, Manson murder house: News from around our 50 states," 17 July 2019 Israeli right wing fury against Our Boys has been partly because of its emphasis on the death of a Palestinian boy, while the Israeli victims are mentioned but not as prominently onscreen. Ayelet Gundar-goshen, Time, "Netanyahu's Dangerous Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against HBO Show 'Our Boys'," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of partly

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


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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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