full

adjective
\ ˈfu̇l How to pronounce full (audio) also ˈfəl \

Definition of full

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : containing as much or as many as is possible or normal a full hamper often used with of a bin full of corn
2a : complete especially in detail, number, or duration a full report gone a full hour my full share
b : lacking restraint, check, or qualification full retreat full support
c : having all distinguishing characteristics : enjoying all authorized rights and privileges full member full professor
d : not lacking in any essential : perfect in full control of your senses
e(1) : completely occupied by runners came to bat with the bases full
(2) : having three balls and two strikes a full count
3a : being at the highest or greatest degree : maximum full speed full strength
b : being at the height of development full bloom
c : being a full moon : completely illuminated the moon is full tonight
4 : rounded in outline a full figure
5a : possessing or containing a great number or amount used with of a room full of picturesfull of hope
b : having an abundance of material especially in the form of gathered, pleated, or flared parts a full skirt
c used as an intensive to emphasize the large size of an amount won by a full four strokeswas a full 3 months late with her payment
d : rich in experience a full life
6a : satisfied especially with food or drink He was full after eating the large supper.
b : large enough to satisfy a full meal
7 archaic : completely weary
8 : having both parents in common full sisters
9 : having volume or depth of sound full tones
10 : completely occupied especially with a thought or plan full of his own concerns
11 : possessing a rich or pronounced quality a food of full flavor
full of it
: not to be believed

full

adverb

Definition of full (Entry 2 of 5)

1a : very, extremely knew full well they had lied to me
b : entirely swung full around— Morley Callaghan
2 : straight, squarely got hit full in the face

full

noun

Definition of full (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : the highest or fullest state or degree the full of the moon
2 : the utmost extent enjoy to the full
in full
1 : to the requisite or complete amount paid in full
2 : to the fullest extent : completely read the book in full

full

verb (1)
fulled; fulling; fulls

Definition of full (Entry 4 of 5)

intransitive verb

of the moon : to become full

transitive verb

: to make full in sewing

full

verb (2)
fulled; fulling; fulls

Definition of full (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

: to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by moistening, heating, and pressing

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Adjective

full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it. a full schedule complete applies when all that is needed is present. a complete picture of the situation plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification. given plenary power replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety. replete with delightful details

Examples of full in a Sentence

Adjective The plane was carrying a full load of passengers. The theater was full to capacity. We bought a full set of dishes. They waited for three full months. He has a full array of stereo equipment. The soldiers were wearing full combat gear. This will be his first full season with the team. His theories have not yet found full acceptance. I hope that you'll give us your fullest cooperation. Please give me your full attention. Adverb The cup was filled full to the brim. The ball hit him full in the chest. He kissed her full on the lips. Noun the account is now paid in full
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tate, who travels full-time around the country to sell exotic butterfly art, said he was disappointed at the size of the crowd. Jessica Rodriguez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2021 Brown said earlier this summer that in the next year, AMSP will expand into three full-time cars, with the likelihood of that addition coming ahead of the 2023 campaign. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Sep. 2021 The resulting financial slide led to layoffs for more than one-third of the fairgrounds’ staff of 158 full-time employees in October 2020. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 Muschamp initially came aboard as a defensive analyst and was promoted to a full-time job as special teams coordinator in late July. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 18 Sep. 2021 Cleaning, preparing, pricing, and uploading items, then interacting with prospective buyers and sending the items on their way can be a full-time job in itself! Sara Zeff Geber, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 The conservancy projects the theater would generate an economic impact to San Antonio of nearly $240 million in the first 10 years, with about 1,000 full-time jobs in the construction phase and 170 jobs supporting maintenance and operations. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 But getting those stories took nearly the full-time effort of three reporters over a year, trips to 14 states and legal challenges mounted by parent company Gannett. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 The roles also include full-time workers with health, vision and dental insurance, as well as a 401(k) and up to 20 weeks paid parental leave. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All sizes will be available, including twins from $99, fulls ($149), queens ($199) and kings ($299). Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, 27 Feb. 2020 When in their feeding grounds, a gray whale typically eats about 1.3 tons of food — mouth-fulls of crustaceans, worms, shrimp and small, schooling fish — per day, according to researchers. Anchorage Daily News, 25 Jan. 2020 The idea of the world's greatest young talent moving to Bayern and playing under Pep Guardiola back in 2013 was one full of promise, but never was a fruitful situation in reality. SI.com, 16 Oct. 2019 My mother was crabbing at the end of the pier, dropping her steel net full of chicken guts Into the murky water, shimmering in July heat. T. R. Hummer, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2019 The Voyager probe of course famously bore a plaque that depicted our location in the galaxy as well as a golden record full of music and sounds from Earth. Shannon Stirone, Wired, 4 Oct. 2019 Scoring hat fulls of goals in quick succession might fill up most of Lewandowski's bitesize highlight reels, but the Poland international has actually been one of the most consistent goalscorers in recent years. SI.com, 27 Sep. 2019 Isabel is a beautiful full of heart and love young women. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 9 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, their families have been arriving in waves, but their reunions, fulls of tears, have so far only been allowed through a window. Anna Werner, CBS News, 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of full

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (1)

1785, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for full

Adjective, Adverb, Noun, and Verb (1)

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fol full, Latin plenus full, plēre to fill, Greek plērēs full, plēthein to be full

Verb (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French fuller, fouler to full, trample underfoot, from Medieval Latin fullare, from Latin fullo fuller

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The first known use of full was before the 12th century

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21 Sep 2021

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“Full.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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full

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of full

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: containing or holding as much or as many as possible
: not lacking anything : complete in number, amount, etc.
: not limited in any way

full

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of full (Entry 2 of 2)

: as much as possible : entirely or completely
: directly or squarely

full

adjective
\ ˈfu̇l How to pronounce full (audio) \
fuller; fullest

Kids Definition of full

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : containing as much or as many as possible or normal a full glass a full bus
2 : complete entry 1 sense 1 I waited a full hour.
3 : not limited in any way full power a full recovery
4 : plump and rounded in outline a full face
5 : having much material a full skirt

Other Words from full

fullness noun

full

adverb

Kids Definition of full (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : very entry 1 sense 1 You know full well you're wrong.
2 : completely Fill the glass full.

full

noun

Kids Definition of full (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the highest state, extent, or degree I enjoyed school to the full.
2 : the complete amount paid in full

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