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
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
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Recent Examples on the Web
The coastline of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, will be getting a new addition in 2026: the sparkling exterior of Bentley Motors' first residential building, rising above a skyline full of luxury condos and hotels.—Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 3 Feb. 2023 Not too long after, Palmer shared a more grounded and intimate pregnancy shoot full of cozy ribbed knits and neutral tones.—André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 3 Feb. 2023 Hers is an ordinary life, in the end, full of small, extraordinary grace notes.—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 3 Feb. 2023 Someone recently came into the shop with a box full of random lighthouse figurines.—Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2023 There’s something exciting about walking up to a parking lot full of stuff people have plucked from their homes in order to declutter and make a few bucks at a flea market.—Kari Barnett, Sun Sentinel, 3 Feb. 2023 Democrats are already honing their pitch on what will set them apart on a ballot full of fellow Democrats.—Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2023 This seasonal take on chips and dip is full of deep, rich flavors and perfect for cold-weather entertaining.—Christopher Michel, Country Living, 2 Feb. 2023 In eight episodes, Freeridge manages to be funny, sweet, and full of mystery.—Nicole Froio, refinery29.com, 2 Feb. 2023
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 See More
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Middle English ful, full, fol, going back to Old English full, going back to Germanic *fulla- (whence also Old Frisian ful, fol "full," Old Saxon full, Middle Dutch vol, Old High German fol, Old Icelandic fullr, Gothic fulls), going back to Indo-European *pl̥h1nó-, verbal adjective from the base *pleh1- "become full," whence also Old Irish lán "full," Welsh llawn (with length secondary if the proposed law shortening pretonic vowels in Celtic is valid), Latin plēnus (with -ē- from -plēre "to fill"), Old Church Slavic plĭnŭ, Russian pólnyj, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian pȕn, Lithuanian pìlnas, Sanskrit pūrṇáḥ, Avestan pərəna-; *pleh1- appears with varying ablaut and suffixation in Latin plēre "to fill" (from *plēi̯e-), verbal adjective plētus, Greek pímplēmi "(I) fill," plêto "(it) has become full," Armenian lnowm "(I) fill," Sanskrit pr̥ṇā́ti "(s/he) fills"
For another presumed development of *pleh1- see poly-. Regarding the currency of the verb plēre in Latin see note at complete entry 1.
Middle English ful, full "completely, entirely, very, quite," going back to Old English, derivative of fullfull entry 1
Middle English fulle "the whole amount, satisfactory amount," going back to Old English fulla, derivative of fullfull entry 1
Middle English fullen "to full (cloth), trample down, oppress," borrowed from Anglo-French fuller, foler, fouler "to full (cloth), press (grapes), trample under foot, oppress," going back to Late Latin fullāre "to full (cloth)," verb derivative from the base of Latin fullōn-, fullō "fuller (of cloth), launderer," of obscure origin
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2