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.

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Growing up in Dearborn in the late 1950s, comedian Thom Sharp became a rabid Detroit Tigers fan, partly because of one player who became a Sunday legend of sorts among his fellow baby boomers. Bill Dow, Detroit Free Press, "How Tigers' Charlie Maxwell became 'Sunday Charlie,' one sabbath blast at a time," 14 July 2019 That is partly because of signs that the government’s economic policies are starting to work. The Economist, "Argentina’s main presidential candidates are ignoring the biggest problems," 12 July 2019 While there has been some increase in the number of producers under age 35 – partly due to how the census now defines them – this group remains vastly outnumbered. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "Farmers grow the food. But who’s helping new farmers put down roots?," 9 July 2019 The situation arose partly because of the way DeSantis’ predecessor, Scott, made nearly 80 appointments in the waning days of his term without consulting DeSantis. Gray Rohrer,, "Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked out 215 of Rick Scott’s appointments, but 157 didn’t go anywhere," 1 July 2019 Profits took a hit partly because of one-time charges involving its European business and Rexall, a Canadian drug store chain McKesson acquired in 2016. Fortune, "McKesson," 1 July 2019 Elephants have long captivated our attention, partly because of their sheer size and majesty. Paul Manger, Quartz Africa, "Elephants evolved larger brains partly thanks to climate change, say scientists," 28 June 2019 That’s partly because the Facing History New Tech High School shares Mooney’s older building, Gordon said, and would have to be moved to add more students there. Patrick O'donnell,, "New Tremont Montessori school, Karamu House partnership preferred by Cleveland school board," 19 June 2019 This evening is predicted to be partly cloudy, and will cool off to a low of around 57, with winds of 6 to 11 miles per hour., "Portland metro Sunday weather: Expect mostly sunny skies for Father’s Day," 16 June 2019

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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 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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