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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But, Daisy also said that Sophie is partly based on a historical person called Caroline Norton. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Actress Lily Travers Talks About the Duchess of Monmouth's Passionate New Romance," 18 Feb. 2019 The issue partly boils down to the way researchers analyze their results. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 This is partly why his moves on trade don’t make much sense in concert—a tariff on foreign cars may result in a lift for domestic automobile production, but a tariff on foreign steel does nothing to encourage car manufacturers in America. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Big Trade War Bluff," 5 July 2018 Citi economists expect a cut in rates for the standing lending facility as early as this month, partly due to looming producer-price deflation risks. WSJ, "China’s Muted Inflation Likely to Spur Policy Easing," 15 Feb. 2019 While the drive to eliminate cash is fueled partly by capitalism’s impulse to wring waste out of the system, it is also propelled by consumers’ desire to make their lives easier. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 The Supreme Court nominee ran up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt partly by purchasing Washington Nationals tickets, according to the Washington Post. Joe Knowles,, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got into debt buying Nationals tickets," 12 July 2018 Now, with PianoFight almost four years into its Taylor Street venue, more than 200 local writers, performers and directors participate, drawn partly by the low barrier to entry. Lily Janiak,, "The long tail of ShortLived VII, audience-judged theater competition at PianoFight in SF," 7 July 2018 Leaders headed off the petition by urging GOP lawmakers to not sign it, partly by crafting the compromise package the House rejected Wednesday. Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro,, "House rejects Republican immigration bill, ignoring Trump," 27 June 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 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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