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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Thousands lost water access, because the city’s water system relies partly on electrical pumps. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Millions Were Left Without Power in Argentina and Uruguay After an 'Extraordinary' System Failure. How Did it Happen?," 17 June 2019 People who drove to the Rocky Beach parked on the edge of the asphalt, one set of tires partly on the road, the other on the Rocky Beach rocks. Mary Grimm, The New Yorker, "Back Then," 17 June 2019 Trump seemed to blame Fed policy partly on personnel. Jeanna Smialek,, "Trump renews attacks on Fed, putting central bank in a bind," 10 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter The prospects for a quick economic recovery depend partly on the banks Ms Gandhi nationalised. The Economist, "In its second term, will India’s ruling coalition be bolder about reform?," 8 June 2019 The two nations signed an agreement that even Trump acknowledged was based partly on Mexico’s promises to take tougher action, but with few clear requirements. Noah Bierman,, "Trump claims victory, but the U.S.-Mexico pact is a compromise, and tentative," 8 June 2019 Yet Turok and colleagues argue partly on the grounds of causality that only real values of lapse make physical sense. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning," 6 June 2019 Hammurabi’s Code was based partly on Sumerian laws but prescribed its own harsher penalties for some offenses, including death or mutilation for crimes by commoners resulting in bodily injury. National Geographic, "Who was Hammurabi?," 22 Apr. 2019 Seabrook was convicted partly on the testimony of the man who persuaded him to invest in the hedge fund run by Platinum Partners. Fox News, "Ex-union boss at Rikers Island jail convicted of corruption," 15 Aug. 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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to take the place or position of

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