partly

adverb
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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This is partly because context matters: O’Rourke is no longer a foil to a nationally recognizable Republican in a political race that could swing an infamously red state to blue. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke's Thirst-Trap Politics Won't Work on Me in the 2020 Democratic Primary," 9 Apr. 2019 This was partly a result of a blue wave, since Democrats are simply more likely to support stricter gun laws. German Lopez, Vox, "How the Parkland shooting changed America’s gun debate," 26 Dec. 2018 No independent outsiders know yet, which is partly why scientists are so disturbed. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Q&A on scientist’s bombshell claim of gene-edited babies," 28 Nov. 2018 But my job is partly to be the conservative guy that keeps reminding people that bad things can happen. Fox News, "Kevin Hassett talks corporate tax cut, rising wages," 24 Sep. 2018 The design is simple and compact, partly because the ProMaster City is smaller than the the full-size ProMasters often used for conversions. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Prefab camper van kits cost $13,500," 26 July 2018 This is partly because using a lab is more practical than taking study participants outdoors, but also so participants will not know if they are grounded or not - to avoid a placebo effect. Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Yet the American flag is so visceral partly because the symbol is so contested. Michael D. Breidenbach, The Atlantic, "Raising the American Flag Made in China," 4 July 2018 The new species is partly Denisovan, likely born from two of the three species' divergences. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Might Have Discovered a New Human Ancestor With DNA Analysis," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of partly

1523, in the meaning defined above

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partly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of partly

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

partly

adverb
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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