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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This is partly due to the country’s embrace of sustainable tourism, which encourages development. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 The original 26-year-old cutoff was also partly due to the ages of participants included in studies used for the vaccine's approval. Korin Miller, SELF, "The HPV Vaccine Is Now FDA-Approved for People Over 26: What You Need to Know," 9 Oct. 2018 This is partly due to the fact that some hospitals simply charge more for the same things. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fed up by crazy hospital bills, state makes passive-aggressive T-shirts," 27 Sep. 2018 The flourishing of these and similar start-ups is partly due to a recalibrated Silicon Valley, an outgrowth of a broader reckoning with the gender biases amid venture-capital funds and other institutional forces. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Breastfeeding Movement Is Experiencing a Tech Revolution—Here's How It's Helping New Moms," 11 Sep. 2018 That’s partly due to more students receiving graduate degrees and a graduation rate that improved from just over 49 percent in 2016 to almost 51 percent in 2017. Scott Travis,, "FIU ranked second-best university in Florida," 3 July 2018 For more on cryptocurrencies, watch Fortune’s video: Enthusiasm for virtual currencies has waned this year partly due to a string of cyber heists, including the nearly $500 million theft from Japanese exchange Coincheck Inc. in late January. Fortune, "Cryptocurrencies Tumble After $32 Million South Korea Exchange Hack," 19 June 2018 While crow's-feet are partly caused by genuine smiles, dermatologists say they can be curbed by religiously using sunscreen and antioxidant serums. Loren Savini, Allure, "Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles? No, and "Resting Bitch Face" Doesn't Prevent Them," 10 Oct. 2018 That, according to Surface spokesman Ryan Day, is partly the reason for the two models. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft plans to make you pay more to rotate the Surface Hub 2, just to drive you crazy," 24 Sep. 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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