par·​tial·​ly | \ ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce partially (audio) \

Definition of partially

1 : to some extent : in some degree was only partially successful The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
2 archaic : in a biased manner : with partiality

Examples of partially in a Sentence

I guess I'm partially responsible for what happened. He only partially explained his reason for leaving. The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
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Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, keep it in a partially open, loose or perforated plastic bag, or something more breathable, such as a grocery store produce bag or a Vejibag, in the high-humidity (crisper) drawer. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 July test of a hypersonic weapon capable of partially orbiting Earth before reentering the atmosphere and gliding on a maneuverable path to its target. Arkansas Online, 3 Dec. 2021 Real estate values, commuting times, supply-chain operations, and more will revert only partially to pre-pandemic norms in coming months. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 3 Dec. 2021 And her path to fame was partially written in the same stars that birthed her interstellar being. Joey Nolfi,, 3 Dec. 2021 Instead, the vaccines instruct our cells to manufacture SARS-CoV-2’s spike, a protein that normally decorates the virus’s surface, and parade those spikes in front of immune cells, partially simulating an infection. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 Dec. 2021 But police officials said the shooting outside of a crowded pharmacy was witnessed by a number of people and at least partially recorded on surveillance footage. NBC News, 1 Dec. 2021 Multiple players were unavailable in the summer and part of the preseason due to injury and that was partially responsible for some of the issues Oregon had at the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas last week. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 1 Dec. 2021 Yet the government has never accessed those rights, even though they were granted for products based partially on government funding by the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of partially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of partially was in the 15th century

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7 Dec 2021

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“Partially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of partially

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

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