Main definitions of full in English

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  • 1Containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space.

    ‘waste bins full of rubbish’
    ‘she could only nod, for her mouth was full’
    ‘the hotel is full up’
    • ‘Lessons also will be offered in the winter term - good to know if your desired class is full this term.’
    • ‘Our grey bin was only half full at the end of one week which theoretically means we will now only fill it once a fortnight.’
    • ‘Be sure to keep your mouth too full to talk.’
    • ‘Casey blushed, her hands full, not being able to reciprocate, but grinning as much as her anyway.’
    • ‘The Opera House was far from full and yet the noise throughout the performance was quite amazing.’
    • ‘The weekly show became a hit, and the club was often full beyond the legal limit.’
    • ‘Angelique went to the room where the computer was and saw a carton full of empty beer bottles.’
    • ‘By the time I swung through the door, the room was nearly full.’
    • ‘Once your children realise that a full piggy bank represents money to spend or save, the meaning will sink in.’
    • ‘The supply truck tows a water trailer and carries full water cans for direct exchange.’
    • ‘Even if the stadium is only half full at 4pm next Sunday, Dublin's semi-final should go ahead.’
    • ‘Shamed by his actions, Adam dropped his head as he poured himself a full glass of whisky.’
    • ‘Take one teaspoon of the solution from the bottle and put it into the pitcher full of water and leave it for thirty minutes.’
    • ‘By the weekend it was a joy to see both churches almost full to capacity.’
    • ‘With most of the city's hotels full, it meant a night in emergency accommodation.’
    • ‘Off he went this morning, laden with two huge bundles of magazines and a bag full of empty yoghurt pots.’
    • ‘The result will be more prisons full with thousands of young working class people.’
    • ‘Although both flights were completely full, the level of service was quite satisfactory.’
    • ‘She was going to ride the same bus as us, but this one was too full, so she was placed on the second bus.’
    • ‘When our tummies were well and truly full we went to do some more shopping.’
    filled, filled up, filled to capacity, filled to the brim, brimming, brimful, topped up
    crowded, packed, crammed, cramped, congested, crushed, solid, solid with people, full of people, full to capacity, full to bursting, overfull, teeming, swarming, overcrowded, thronged
    occupied, taken, in use, engaged, unavailable
    well stocked, well supplied, filled, loaded, packed, burdened, stuffed, crammed, stacked
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    1. 1.1 Having eaten to one's limits or satisfaction.
      ‘she just ate till she was full up’
      • ‘But no matter how fattening, you just won't feel full at the end.’
      • ‘He patted his stomach again, sighed, and leaned backward, as if he were so full he could not sit up straight.’
      • ‘The pair can only put up a token protest before they are full, warm, content and asleep.’
      • ‘A high fibre meal gives the sensation of being quickly full and satisfied.’
      • ‘Overall we had a very good time even though we were absolutely full by the time they left.’
      • ‘Of course, we all had far too much to eat, and ended up flopped on the settee feeling full but satisfied for the rest of the night.’
      • ‘She was so full, so full she felt like she couldn't hold on, and she didn't know what to do.’
      • ‘How good one feels when one is full - how satisfied with ourselves and with the world!’
      • ‘Basically, people feel fuller after a protein-rich meal.’
      • ‘It is believed that eating mainly high-GI foods leads to greater snacking since the body does not feel as full for long.’
      • ‘There was plenty to fill us without adding extra vegetables and afterwards we were too full for dessert.’
      • ‘She's full, and oh so satisfied, if only you could see the smile on her face.’
      • ‘A warming, nourishing and satisfying dish that didn't leave me too full.’
      replete, satisfied, well fed, sated, satiated, full up, full to bursting, having had enough
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    2. 1.2full of Containing or holding much or many; having a large number of.
      ‘his diary is full of entries about her’
      • ‘Although I'm one of only two to have stayed put it feels like I'm in a whole new office full of familiar old faces.’
      • ‘There is a whole fenced-off garden full of cats of varying sizes and colours up by the church.’
      • ‘It's now full of empty pages, but I'll outnumber them by written ones, just you wait and see just you wait.’
      • ‘This actually has some cheese flavour and the egg custard is well made, but it's full of too many overpowering chives.’
      • ‘However, most of them are empty while the arcades and sidewalks are full of motorcycles.’
      • ‘There was a time when the future seemed to be full of limitless possibilities.’
      • ‘Lillesand is a beautiful little town full of wooden houses with white picket fences and gardens overflowing with roses.’
      • ‘The grounds surrounding are full of discarded carrier bags containing rubbish thrown from cars as they pass.’
      • ‘They are full of exquisite period details, from the accents to the frocks.’
      • ‘It was the happiest day of my life and my life has been full of happy moments.’
      • ‘They resume their association and suddenly the world is full of endless possibilities.’
      • ‘These days, even the brief breathing space of the close season is full of tales of tragedies foretold.’
      • ‘The whole area was full of tourists looking lost, families looking bored and yuppies looking drunk.’
      • ‘Turn a corner and we were faced with a whole street full of quite beautiful patisserie shops.’
      • ‘Before you buy a whole house full of polyester carpet, though, try to see a room with it.’
      • ‘We share a computer and have a small study that's full of my books but we share the space.’
      • ‘The Brixton show was an empty one, full of teasing highs and promises that never quite materialised.’
      • ‘I also find out that said house is decked out in assorted Victorian styles and is full of period features.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that summer is one sexy season full of people shedding tensions and clothes.’
      • ‘That usually meant that his head was full of empty worries and unrealistic plans.’
    3. 1.3full of Having a lot of (a particular quality)
      ‘she was full of confidence’
      • ‘It seems to be a magical day full of hope and anticipation for the great future to come.’
      • ‘At the top of the tree, a huge osprey nest that should have been full of life lay empty and deserted.’
      • ‘Stepping outside your comfort zone helps you confront your fears and show you that life's full of possibility.’
      • ‘Selby started the second half full of determination and were rewarded with a McDonald penalty kick to the corner.’
      • ‘The lower middle class in the towns now felt their individual lives to be full of possible danger and uncertainty.’
      • ‘Its a story of the French Revolution, and a period piece full of courtly intrigue and a love story.’
      • ‘I feel full of energy, despite fighting off a cold, and have lost 3lbs in weight.’
      • ‘Over the past few years the floodlit competitions for the younger age group were full of excitement.’
      • ‘Conventions could be managed, but the party managers' mediation of these crowds was full of risk.’
      • ‘We left Chichi to its extraordinary mix of high religion and high commerce and returned to Antigua full of anticipation.’
      • ‘Set near a nameless Korean village, the shots are full of poise and beauty.’
      • ‘This is an action - packed thriller, full of verve, violence, courage and fantastic imagery.’
      • ‘He left behind him a long life full of achievement and plenty of friends.’
      • ‘I won't lie to you but the past two days have been packed full of wild danger and excitement.’
      • ‘Never in England had anything been so full of flavour.’
      • ‘The dancers in Trisha Brown's troupe are superb, full of talent and strength.’
      • ‘This makes for a happy learning environment and happy children full of life.’
      • ‘The effect is a sharp contrast in time and space, full of humour or satire.’
      • ‘Being still so full of energy and excitement, I didn't understand the reason for her expression.’
      • ‘The Glitterati have managed to produce an album full of strength without overpowering you.’
      abounding in, bursting with, brimming with, rich in, possessed by
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    4. 1.4full of Unable to stop talking or thinking about.
      ‘they had their photographs taken and he was full of it’
      • ‘She was full of it, spouting out a load of rubbish she probably read in The Sun.’
      • ‘At the moment he's full of his various building schemes.’
    5. 1.5full of Filled with intense emotion.
      ‘his heart was full of hate’
      • ‘There is nothing that pleases the Father more, than to see His children full of joy and thankfulness!’
      • ‘This is music full of loathing, both for itself and for the audience.’
      • ‘And then her heart was too full; she could not find any more words.’
      • ‘That was many years ago, but to this day she is still full of guilt and shame.’
      • ‘Her face was blank, but her eyes were full of heartbreak and anger.’
      • ‘May your lives together be full of the joy that you bring to others.’
      • ‘He stormed out of the room full of rage.’
      abounding in, bursting with, brimming with, rich in, possessed by
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    6. 1.6 Involving many activities.
      ‘he lived a full life’
      • ‘Here is a woman who has lived a rich and full life, but who has not given up her creativity.’
      • ‘I knew I didn't want to palm my baby off with anyone who would babysit so I could continue with my full and hectic social life.’
      • ‘Your life can be rich and full because of the many ways you have of expressing your potentials.’
      • ‘George led a full and rich life that has touched and brought joy to many of us.’
      • ‘I just think it's important that he continue to feel useful and that we all do our best to ensure that he lives a full and productive life.’
      • ‘He believes the treatment will ultimately pay for itself in that it will help patients lead a fuller, more normal life.’
      • ‘His full schedule leads him around the world, partnering some of the most famous singers of our time.’
      • ‘Life there seemed so rich and full, and I was enjoying it all so much and on the way up, as it were, in my career.’
      • ‘Under the expert tutelage of former sailors, the young people had a very full programme indeed.’
      • ‘It's objective is to see that each person can live full and satisfied lives as equal citizens.’
      • ‘When not on the slopes, she has been attacking school work and enjoying a full social life.’
      • ‘It may be a busy life that Barb leads, but it's certainly a full and rich one as well.’
      • ‘I choose to believe that I will live as full a life as anybody else.’
      • ‘The aim of BGWS is to encourage young people to fulfil their potential, by living full lives as active citizens.’
      • ‘For David, revolutionary politics was just one part of a rich and full life.’
      eventful, interesting, exciting, lively, action-packed, noteworthy
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    7. 1.7NZ, Scottish, Australian informal Drunk.
      ‘we were all pretty well full when the van rolled into Mittagong’
  • 2attributive Not lacking or omitting anything; complete.

    ‘a full range of sports facilities’
    • ‘One producer did not want to be named because full details of the film are being kept secret.’
    • ‘I do not have the full details of the name of the officer who granted the permit to the individual concerned.’
    • ‘The suspended activists have the full support of the union, regionally and nationally.’
    • ‘Around the start of the year the council took back full responsibility for property services.’
    • ‘Make sure your full name, address and daytime contact number are written clearly on the email or postcard.’
    • ‘This is because pears have to be eaten ripe to get anything like the full range of their taste and texture.’
    • ‘His assurances that his editors would have full control was an outright lie.’
    • ‘The full product range includes pasteurised and unpasteurised cow, goat and sheep's milk cheeses.’
    • ‘Whatever the truth of the matter, we hope to be in a position to divulge the full facts next week.’
    • ‘Access to the full text of an article may be dependent on your having a subscription to the journal.’
    • ‘I am confident that I can finish the half marathons that I've got lined up, but still a bit daunted by doing the full one.’
    • ‘Now, few Americans admit to anything but full support for their president.’
    • ‘The police claimed to have full details of their names and residences.’
    • ‘Next week we will have the full list of names of the squad and mentors.’
    • ‘In addition the full balance of all outstanding monies under your tenancy will become immediately payable and due.’
    • ‘A full list of the names and events for the swimming will be printed next week.’
    • ‘She later carried out a full postmortem examination at Cork University Hospital.’
    • ‘Then, in that lawsuit, he would be entitled to full documentary disclosure.’
    • ‘Such steps are needed, but they should rapidly become mandatory if full compliance is lacking.’
    • ‘Soon, we had the full set of fingerprints and Holmes had the photographer position his camera in front of the wall safe.’
    comprehensive, thorough, exhaustive, all-inclusive, all-encompassing, all-embracing, in depth
    abundant, plentiful, ample, copious, profuse, rich, lavish, liberal
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    1. 2.1 (often used for emphasis) reaching the utmost limit; maximum.
      ‘he reached for the engine control and turned it up to full power’
      ‘John made full use of all the tuition provided’
      • ‘Once it reached full speed it was so loud that Taylor held his fingers to his ears to block the sound.’
      • ‘The best medical advice is it could take six weeks at least for him to be anything near back to full health.’
      • ‘The operation means he will be unable to train for two weeks, while it could take up to three months before he reaches full fitness.’
      • ‘She stopped pacing and pulled herself up to full height, facing him with flashing eyes.’
      • ‘Judging by the election results, they seem to have taken full advantage of their position.’
      • ‘The result is that many people do not reach their full potential while studying.’
      • ‘As we shall see, British company law makes full use of the range of possible answers.’
      • ‘Services are not expected to return to full capacity until later this week.’
      • ‘The engines continually operated at full speed to keep the ship in position.’
      • ‘So far, no one has ridden the wave at anything approaching its estimated full height.’
      • ‘I wish Ian well, and hope the change of school will motivate him to reach his full potential.'’
      • ‘Around 70 special constables are also needed to take the force to full strength.’
      • ‘The captain gave an order for full speed and all hands jumped to their positions.’
      • ‘Other brokers would have also perceived that this stock has reached its full value and will not buy.’
      • ‘Taking full advantage of its less regulated cable status, the TV company went all out to make the series a truly adult sitcom.’
      • ‘I know she just wants us to do our best all the time, she wants us to reach our full potential all the time.’
      • ‘The county council insists the dump has another three years to go before its full capacity is reached.’
      • ‘It should create up to 1000 new jobs in the New York area as it reaches full production early the following year.’
      • ‘Karen experienced a quiet 1979, but returned to full strength in 1980.’
      • ‘Tim Henman is confident of returning to full fitness after undergoing surgery on his injured shoulder.’
    2. 2.2 Having all the privileges and status attached to a particular position.
      ‘the country applied for full membership of the European Community’
      • ‘Through its full membership of the EU, it has transmogrified into a modern European state.’
      • ‘He had applied to be a firefighter but had not gotten full firefighter status as of yet.’
      • ‘Only when the refugees are granted ELR or full refugee status can they work in this country.’
      • ‘He had also joined a pistol club, which later refused him full membership.’
      • ‘He said the road to full EU membership was long and time was needed to complete the process.’
      • ‘It took over five years for Austria, Sweden, and Finland to progress from application to full membership.’
      • ‘They had full refugee status, meaning they could find work and get somewhere to live.’
      • ‘The importance of the EEA is declining as its members assume full membership of the European Community.’
      • ‘For Marshall, citizenship expresses full membership in the national political community.’
      • ‘People in Indonesia gain the status of full adults through marriage and parenthood.’
      • ‘She says the move to make women full members is ‘positive’ - and she hopes to be one of the first.’
      • ‘People entitled to full membership must have served in the British armed forces or voluntary reserves.’
      • ‘The table tennis centre of excellence at Millthorpe School has been upgraded to full club status by the ETTA.’
      • ‘In May this year he was granted full immigration status and his family joined him.’
      • ‘Another name change is looming as the college intends to apply for full university status later this year.’
      • ‘Austria would prefer Turkey to get a preferential partnership rather than full membership.’
      • ‘Hitler rewarded the two panzer groups with advancement to full army status.’
      • ‘Whether pushing for observer status or full membership, the bid is a difficult one.’
      • ‘The party is their first since the Friends of Assisi House were granted full charity status.’
      • ‘Baptism implies full membership of the Church and must never be separated from that understanding.’
    3. 2.3 (of a report or account) containing as much detail or information as possible.
      ‘a full report of the conference’
      ‘fuller descriptions of these varieties are available elsewhere’
      • ‘Magistrates said they wanted full reports on him and said they must consider prison.’
      • ‘For a fuller description and statistical analysis of these polls, see the website.’
      • ‘If the account is full and accurate, then it's outrageous that West should be punished.’
      • ‘Section 2 of that report provides a full account of the law enforcement and security forces in Jamaica.’
      • ‘She says she was blackmailed into stealing this money and she gave the police a full account of what was involved.’
      • ‘I will be interested to read the full report and see whether it makes any specific proposals.’
      • ‘Implementation of the plans is also dependent on a full archeological survey being carried out on the effected area.’
      • ‘The news coming out of the beta customers is positive so I await with interest the full announcement after the Summer.’
      • ‘Mr Price could not have complained if Andrew had set out the full description of the account in the registration form.’
      • ‘No doubt his full account will appear in the list of best-sellers, to coincide with his release.’
      • ‘Our local daily newspaper didn't bother reporting the full story, even when march organizers held a press conference to tell it.’
      • ‘They have conducted a very full and detailed investigation, and they have furnished me with a full report.’
      • ‘When all the money is in and checked there will be a full account delivered.’
      • ‘The full report is published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.’
      • ‘In due course a full report will be submitted to Glasgow Zoo and the appropriate authorities.’
      • ‘They stated that they wanted those individuals to give a full account of their actions in court.’
      • ‘The bank responded by saying that if you gave a full account of the costs, it would meet them.’
      • ‘And only now, a century or so later, are we given a full account of her life.’
      • ‘A full report of the winners, sponsors etc. will appear in this column next week.’
      • ‘They will have to publish the full report, so that will put it all in perspective.’
    4. 2.4 Used to emphasize an amount or quantity.
      ‘he kept his fast pace going for the full 14-mile distance’
      • ‘I've got the full eighty-five thousand dollar grant to fund my research.’
      • ‘This effort took a team of engineers the better part of a full year to figure out.’
      • ‘Even then, the prime minister has a full month to name his cabinet before the assembly vote.’
      • ‘She came to her full five foot six inches then and glared daggers at him.’
      • ‘Yet that is at least a full percentage point less than savers can earn in similar US dollar deposits.’
      • ‘The terrifying sounds lasted for a full three hours before dying down completely.’
      • ‘Rates were raised by a full percentage point in just five months.’
      • ‘There is a huge difference between running a half-marathon and the full 26.2 mile distance.’
      • ‘It was low tide and in the far distance, perhaps a full mile away, lay the distant glint of the sea.’
      • ‘Gerhard drew himself up to his full five feet ten inches and looked up at the annoying man.’
      • ‘As it's almost a full percentage point above the base rate, it's an offer worth taking advantage of while it lasts.’
      • ‘For which other sport can you play for a full five days and still reach no satisfactory resolution?’
    5. 2.5 (of a covering material in bookbinding) used for the entire cover.
      ‘bound in full cloth’
      • ‘Each volume is sewn and bound in full cloth and printed in a classic typeface on cream-wove, acid-free paper.’
  • 3(of a person's figure or part of the body) plump or rounded.

    ‘she had full lips’
    ‘the fuller figure’
    • ‘Here are some hair tips that can work for minimizing fuller face shapes.’
    • ‘I wear stylish clothes and have a good full figure.’
    • ‘The boys are all in stripy dungarees and they are the spit of each other - with a mop of white blond hair, full cheeks and big blue eyes.’
    • ‘He lifted her by the waist, her curves full and voluptuous as he edged her towards the bed.’
    • ‘He is described as thickset, in his mid 50s with a full face.’
    • ‘She was very full figured, he was forced to admit as he held her around the waist.’
    • ‘Her own size seven body was full and firm, but it was nowhere as curvaceous as Nicola's.’
    • ‘The young man''s large eyes and full lips make his face look androgynous.’
    • ‘She was a pretty woman, with a slightly pointed face, a small upturned nose, and full ruby-red lips.’
    • ‘Her lips weren't too full, but they weren't too small, either.’
    • ‘Those with fuller busts should opt for swimwear which offers maximum support.’
    • ‘Her figure was full, her hips were round and strong, and her hair was long, a black cascade which caressed the backs of her thighs.’
    • ‘Consider an Argyle Merino turtleneck to balance fuller hips.’
    • ‘Many other stores are now catering for the fuller figure.’
    well rounded, rounded, round, plump, buxom, shapely, ample, curvaceous, voluptuous, womanly, junoesque, rubensesque
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    1. 3.1 (of the hair) having body.
      ‘volumizing products coat each strand, making hair appear thick and much fuller’
      • ‘For full lashes in a flash, add a brush of mascara on the upper and lower lashes.’
      • ‘Make sure that everybody thinks that you have the thickest and fullest eyelashes in the whole world.’
      • ‘She tossed her full long blond hair over her shoulder, her red lips curving into a smirk.’
      • ‘Her raven black hair was full and lustrous, reflecting the unpredictable writhings of the candle flames.’
      • ‘For example, if you have full hair worn close to the face try thinner, lighter frames.’
      • ‘Short hair tends to look fuller than long hair.’
      • ‘His hair was still full and a shade of light gray that stood in sharp contrast with the dark suit he wore.’
    2. 3.2 (of a garment) cut generously with gathers or folds or so as to fit loosely.
      ‘the dress has a square neck and a full skirt’
      • ‘The first outfit she tried on was a pink shirt like her own except it had full sleeves on both sides.’
      • ‘That's the mainstream style now: sort of fitted at the waist, and fuller in the leg.’
      • ‘She can ride even in a full court gown, in fact she can ride better in a dress than in pants.’
      • ‘It was a pale blue silk dress with a square cut neckline, fitted sleeves and a very full skirt.’
      • ‘Her skirts appeared unfashionably full, thanks to the numerous petticoats she was wearing.’
      • ‘She had on a light green full shirt, with a dark green tunic that brought out the color in her eyes.’
      • ‘Her favorite was the pale blue one with the navy pinstripes and full skirt.’
      • ‘The full skirt of her red gown fell about her feet like a crimson pool.’
      • ‘There was a full blouse with a tunic that went over top, and a pair of plain cotton britches.’
      • ‘She pulled on her white robe with full sleeves and set her feet into her slippers.’
      • ‘Narrow hips are a must if you're going in for a full pleated skirt.’
      • ‘Her gown had three full layers of delicate silk, all purple with pink on the middle layer.’
      • ‘The third gown was a very fashionable emerald green, with a squared neck and a full skirt.’
      • ‘Traditional American shirts tend to be fuller in the torso, which might cause your shirt to bulge when tucking.’
      • ‘The length of the short should hit the shapeliest part of your leg and not be too full or too tight.’
      • ‘She was the last to come out on stage and she was dressed in a very long, full cloak.’
      • ‘She truly felt like royalty whenever she fingered the bell sleeves and full skirt.’
      • ‘Rochelle stood up, careful not to chip her polish, and ran her hand down the full skirt.’
      • ‘They are wearing long very full skirts which were last fashionable in Victorian times.’
      • ‘The fabric was printed with a simple design, and the full skirt accentuated her tiny waist.’
      loose-fitting, loose, baggy, easy-fitting, generously cut, roomy, voluminous, capacious, billowing
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    3. 3.3 (of a sound) strong and resonant.
      ‘this season's sopranos produced a full but translucent sound’
      ‘her voice had become fuller’
      • ‘How is it that so full a sound can come out of one tiny girl and her guitar.’
      • ‘The dynamics are mixed and it builds well but most of the time it's soft and thin or thick and full sound.’
      • ‘With a very full sound and varied music mix the lads are sure to go from strength to strength.’
      • ‘With two trombonists, they have a characteristic full sound down low on the music scale.’
      • ‘The music makes excellent use of the two channels and sounds quite full and developed.’
      • ‘Steady As A Rock puts the rich, full and heavy bass higher still in the mix, where it sits just as the title indicates.’
      resonant, rich, sonorous, deep, full-bodied, vibrant, fruity, clear, loud, strong
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    4. 3.4 (of a flavour or colour) rich or intense.
      ‘any unpasteurized cheese will have a fuller flavour than its treated counterpart’
      • ‘Use the best olive oil you can afford for this dressing because the full flavour will make all the difference.’
      • ‘The salmon was imported from Norway and had that full flavour from the fjords.’
      • ‘Fantastic, pure, rich, full nose of fruit and caramel, with an almost minty overtone.’
      • ‘Those with a mature palate are more likely to enjoy the full flavour.’
      • ‘Very clean and full with a biscuity flavour and subtle hints of citrus fruits on the nose.’
      • ‘Very full and rich and dry with beefy tannins, this wine is of the type to drink with food only.’
      • ‘Once fermented on their skins, these wines were golden in colour, full in flavour and aroma.’
      • ‘Her hair was the richest, fullest red, and it spread across her shoulders like a cresting wave.’
      • ‘This one has intense raspberry and blackberry fruit with a full, rich finish.’
      • ‘It's good meat, full flavoured with a little touch of sweetness and smoke.’
      • ‘Colors come across full and balanced, with blues and greens balancing nicely.’
      • ‘Body is not related to wine quality, balance being more important in a wine than whether it is full or light bodied.’
      • ‘In summer I serve them at room temperature, but you don't get the full flavour if they're chilled.’
      • ‘Warm them very slightly in the oven before serving, to bring out their full flavour.’
      • ‘They need slow heating to bring out the full flavour, but overheating makes them bitter.’
      • ‘The full palate is rich in white peaches and not overly aggressive on the mousse which leaves a creamy, lengthy finish.’
      • ‘The chick is born out of the egg with full colours and is perhaps the only bird in the world born as such.’
      • ‘She explained that to get the full taste of a whiskey you need to add a little water.’
      • ‘I love the rich full flavour of livers and think of them as a real treat despite their being inexpensive.’
      • ‘She was sick of her life, so she thought she could change it if she dyed her hair a full, unadulterated brown.’
      • ‘Let the berries hang on the branches a few more days to develop their full sweetness and aroma.’
      rich, intense, deep, heavy, vivid, strong, vibrant, bold, warm
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  • 1Straight; directly.

    ‘she turned her head and looked full into his face’
    • ‘It was as if the angel of death had looked me full in the face - and then passed me by.’
    • ‘Instead he planted it full in the solar plexus, lifting the man clear of the floor.’
    • ‘I took Eve in my arms and kissed him full on the lips.’
    • ‘He had not been able to brake his car in time and had run full into him.’
    • ‘Ariadne looked back at the Minotaur, with interest, and laughed ‘full in his face’.’
    • ‘Erin cracked a smile and kissed him full on the lips.’
    • ‘And with that, he bent down and kissed me full on the lips.’
    • ‘Alex stopped his packing and looked the princess full in the face.’
    • ‘His pillow missed Gary and hit Will full in the face.’
    • ‘It was Brown who foiled the striker, spreading himself to take Beattie's shot full in the chest.’
    • ‘At the door she turned and looked him full in the eye, her strange dark gaze burning him to the core.’
    directly, right, straight, squarely, square, just, dead, point-blank
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  • 2Very.

    ‘he knew full well she was too polite to barge in’
    • ‘I'm doing what I can but I know full well I could do more.’
    • ‘It was limiting, but I also knew full well going into it what my responsibility as an actor was going to be.’
    • ‘The queer present negotiates with the past, knowing full well that the future is at stake.’
    • ‘As a career politician, he knows full well how to work his image.’
    • ‘She understands full well that even when some men are given every option to embrace the role of Mr. Mom, they may still need a push.’
    very, perfectly, quite, extremely, entirely
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    1. 2.1archaic Entirely (used to emphasize an amount or quantity)
      ‘they talked for full half an hour’
      • ‘Live full four-score years on this earth and heading to start another one when the Good Lord say ‘Come on, now, step aside and give somebody else a chance!’’
      • ‘He weighed full fifteen stone.’


the full
  • 1The period, point, or state of the greatest fullness or strength.

    • ‘It would be very easy, even in the full of your health, to fall off a bike and that's exactly what happened.’
    • ‘So many of those who were killed in the attacks were right in the full of their lives.’
    1. 1.1 The state or time of full moon.
      • ‘The moon is past the full, and she rises at nine.’
    2. 1.2Irish The whole.
      • ‘He summoned the full of his eloquence in persuasion.’
      • ‘His mug was waiting by the stove. He poured himself the full of it and stirred in three spoons of sugar.’


  • 1West Indian with object Make (something) full; fill up.

    ‘he full up the house with bawling’
    • ‘Shouldn't there be a simple html page for official announcements, instead of fulling up your forum database with useless posts?’
    • ‘Next thing, them going get up one morning and go to the seaside and want to full up the basket and empty the sea.’
    • ‘While I was at the pump today, there was a bloke fulling up his Hummer.’
    • ‘Once the ports are fulled up, any one trying to log on will get rejected with username and password.’
    • ‘At first, I was sick of fulling up buckets and pouring the water into the sink.’
    • ‘My Sundays for the next two weeks are fulled up too.’
    • ‘I am fulling up my tank every 2 weeks, and that's only letting it get down to the 1/2 mark.’
    • ‘The 24-27 dates turned out to be Memorial Day weekend & Reno is fulled up that weekend.’
  • 2with object Gather or pleat (fabric) so as to make a garment full.

    ‘a straight piece fulled into a small band at the top’
    • ‘Her skirt was white, fulled and gathered and looked as if the entire milky way had fallen upon it.’
  • 3US dialect no object (of the moon or tide) become full.

    ‘fulling moon aloft doth ride’
    • ‘This gross darkness held till about one o'clock, although the moon had fulled but the day before.’
    • ‘The September moon fulls on the 20th at 24 minutes past midnight, and is called the harvest moon.’
    • ‘I have cured many cases of goitre with Iodine, giving a powder every night for four nights, after the moon fulled and was waning.’


  • full and by

    • Close-hauled but with sails filling.

      • ‘Eagle was sailing full and by under her uppers, lowers, and course sails, plus the headsails.’
      • ‘For example, in a fresh gale, a well-conditioned man-of-war could just carry in chase, full and by, treble-reefed topsails, etc.’
      • ‘We are steering full and by and watch securing gear round the decks.’
  • be full of it

    • informal Be lying or talking nonsense.

      ‘don't listen to a word she says, she's full of it’
      • ‘He was full of it when he was explaining why he withheld information from the inquiry.’
      • ‘She was full of it, spouting out a load of rubbish she probably read in the tabloids.’
      • ‘Now you're contradicting yourself, and that tells me that you're full of it.’
      • ‘He is full of it on his economic policies.’
      • ‘"They were good salesmen, but they were full of it," says a plumber.’
  • full of oneself

    • Very self-satisfied and with an exaggerated sense of self-worth.

      ‘he'd always been very full of himself’
      • ‘I watched the jerk swagger away, full of himself.’
      • ‘You're so full of yourself and your own ideas there's no room for me to teach you anything.’
      • ‘Most who've met him - and some who haven't - describe him as brash and arrogant, full of himself, and prickly.’
      • ‘That just didn't go with a roomful of elegantly dressed people - even if they are too full of themselves and in need of some puncturing.’
      • ‘You might need to guard against becoming too full of yourself or overly self-interested, however.’
      • ‘At the same time, don't bow and scrape before the vulgar, even when they are proud and full of themselves.’
      • ‘We were strong, arrogant and so full of ourselves.’
      • ‘He was entirely full of himself and his opinions.’
      • ‘The irony is that when we are most full of ourselves is when we are least aware of how full of ourselves we are.’
      • ‘She is just a little too full of herself and seems to want a lot of attention.’
  • full of years

    • archaic Having lived to a considerable age.

      ‘he died far from his native Champagne and full of years’
      • ‘One was older than the other and she died full of years quietly in her bed surrounded by devoted friends and family.’
      • ‘A year short of his eightieth birthday, Gideon Ousely died - full of wisdom, full of years, full of grace.’
      • ‘A Tory life peer died recently, full of years, and there was a four-column piece about his achievements which, however, noted that.’
      • ‘But he has passed from the living of earth, full of years, and full of honors, to the rest of the patriarchs.’
      • ‘Polite, meticulous, full of years, full of laughter, full of stories big on mistakes, false friends and hairbreath escapes this is how I remember Charles Bryan ‘Blackie’ Harris.’
      • ‘Goldwater died in 1998, full of years, respected by people in both major parties and by millions of independents.’
      • ‘He died at Philadelphia, full of years and honours, at the age of eighty-four, on the 17th of April, 1790.’
      • ‘Son of a king, father of a king, Gaunt was the grand old man of his nation, full of years and wisdom.’
      • ‘Our revered friend has been gathered unto his fathers, full of years and full of honours.’
      • ‘The greatest, Edward Elgar, had been the first to die, full of years and loaded with honours, at his home in Worcester on February 23.’
  • full on

    • 1Running at or providing maximum power or capacity.

      ‘he had the heater full on’
      • ‘I was driving full on back from Tesco, and at the traffic lights, in the car next to me, was Prince Edward.’
      • ‘There will be another show on 19 July: the last one was superb, with the air-conditioning full on - like a great southeasterly blowing in from the sea.’
      • ‘Screaming, she went downstairs to her mother, who noticed the redness of her legs, but while she did so she left the tap full on.’
      • ‘Then, invariably, the children would scream for more, so my wife and I would just turn the heating full on and chain-smoke until the kids wanted to go home.’
      • ‘We heard guitars full on in both left and right directions!’
      • ‘The oven tap had been turned full on, and there was a big fat paw print next to it.’
      • ‘Without telling me, they turned the gas full on.’
    • 2So as to make a direct or significant impact.

      ‘the recession has hit us full on’
      • ‘He was very close to me, and I straightened my back, meeting his smouldering gaze full on in pure defiance.’
      • ‘He felt as if he had just hit a brick wall full on, the pain was incredible.’
      • ‘Then suddenly the realization of what was happening hit me full on.’
      • ‘Finally I looked up, he had been staring at my elbow, but then he met my gaze full on.’
      • ‘The frantic tone caused her to roll out of bed immediately, hitting the floor full on.’
      • ‘Writer/director Scott Roberts goes straight up, full on, hands off the wheel with his debut feature and you can't help admiring the energy.’
      • ‘Colin gazed at his brother full on, disbelief apparent in his gray eyes.’
      • ‘By lucky chance, a shaft of sunlight coming though the high stained glass windows struck Tom's burnished medals full on and then reflected them back into the chairman's face.’
      • ‘I got out of my car and the heat just hits me, full on.’
      • ‘Paddy O'Callaghan expressed the view that the problem would have to be dealt with full on and he believed that a regulated system would have to be introduced and enforced.’
      • ‘‘What are you looking at me for?’, he grinned, meeting my glower full on.’
      1. 2.1informal Not diluted in nature or effect.
        ‘this is full-on ballroom boogie’
        • ‘That alone is worth saluting, as are the top-shelf graphics, print-like layout and overall spirit of full on music exuberance.’
        • ‘But his voice is all wrong for the full on Dr. Doom effect.’
        • ‘Bottom line: go see it, and strap yourself in for one hell of a good movie - full on non-stop, beautifully-filmed action.’
        • ‘It is funny to see the different fashions - everything from shorts and jackets to full on winter gear - hat, gloves, scarf.’
        • ‘Well, we plan on bringing the guys back from Cuba next summer for a full on festival tour.’
        • ‘Since all the vegetation has been removed the Canada geese have full on access to the back parking lot and are trying to come into the back door of the bird store.’
        • ‘I note that the BBC report solicits comment from a number of sources - all of which happen to be anti-smoking people who want the government to go for full on prohibition.’
        • ‘Anyway, the current play - the one with the gritty, northern, and therefore tragic second half is absolutely crammed with really good, full on, grown up swearing.’
        • ‘Somehow, someone has given them my travel itinerary and they are waging a full on attack while I am incapable of traveling out there to rearrange and rectify the situation.’
        • ‘Whether you are looking for a fixed price menu at £13.50, for a two course meal or a full on gastronomic delight, this little place is sure to satisfy all appetites.’
        • ‘I didn't want a full on relationship with anyone… why would I?’
  • full out

    • 1As much or as far as possible; with maximum effort or power.

      ‘he held his foot to the floor until the car raced full out’
      • ‘Clonaslee Tidy Towns committee are working full out in an effort to enhance the appearance of the village before judging in the national competition takes place.’
      • ‘I ran full out down the main corridor.’
      • ‘I try to do what my doctor says and skip certain steps, like arabesque, but I feel like I'm being lazy unless I do everything full out.’
      • ‘She full out smacked my shoulder and I bounced away from her, grinning and saying, ‘You'd look cute.’’
      • ‘One night as I laid in bed, I cried, I full out cried.’
      • ‘I always go full out and I was definitely going full out in white heels.’
      • ‘You and players like you truly make us baseball fans appreciate all the more those players who go full out every day, hurt or not, and never complain.’
      • ‘His smirk disappeared and he was full out glaring at me.’
      • ‘She joined as a dancer in 1974 and began doing character and mime roles in 1976, which she still does, although she stopped dancing full out in 1985.’
      • ‘One 15-year-old ballet student made this mistake in her summer program last year by dancing full out before her body had adjusted to four classes a day.’
      to the maximum, flat out
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    • 2Printing
      Flush with the margin.

      • ‘Paragraphs starting ‘full out’ may be indistinguishable from the previous paragraph if the latter ends with a full, or almost full, line.’
  • full steam (or speed) ahead

    • With as much speed or energy as possible.

      ‘just turn right and keep going full steam ahead’
      ‘it's full steam ahead with the business of government’
      • ‘You can see they feel that this is a much better nomination, that they want to move ahead, full steam ahead.’
      • ‘Even though interviews are going full speed ahead, we don't have that many candidates.’
      • ‘Permission was finally granted this summer for the brewery to go ahead and the glass worker has been going full steam ahead since July.’
      • ‘Even with the routine that I've established and roaring full steam ahead, I'm always rushed and need every single minute of my half-hour break to get everything done.’
      • ‘And just ahead, partisan politics is moving full steam ahead here in Washington.’
      • ‘It's still full steam ahead and there's no reason why we would want to change that.’
      • ‘I keep telling myself to throw myself into my life - full steam ahead and all that - but I am paralyzed and I don't know why.’
      • ‘The red cones were thrown aside, traffic signs uncovered and it was full steam ahead for the new £47.9 million A650 Relief Road.’
      • ‘A British Waterways press officer said: ‘It is now full steam ahead to make the canal navigable for the beginning of July.’’
      • ‘It shouldn't have been withdrawn in the first place but now we have got it we are full steam ahead.’
  • full to the brim

  • in full

    • 1With nothing omitted.

      ‘I shall expect your life story in full’
      • ‘The family can speak English so everyone is listening to my side of the conversation, which will be repeated in full the moment I hang up.’
      • ‘The information was unfiltered, police briefings given in full, speeches unedited for sound-bites.’
      • ‘The inset shows the full experiment with numbers denoting the four steps described in full in the text.’
      • ‘Whole paragraphs, like the following one, are worth quoting in full for their vivid illumination of an age.’
      • ‘The question over whether McCabe's sums will indeed add up will only be answered once his report is published in full tomorrow.’
      • ‘She explained the story in full to her mother, who sounded somewhat shocked and appalled.’
      • ‘The controversy surrounding its announcement to the press was unfortunate and is documented here in full.’
      • ‘The reply, printed in full in Ireland's Own, has gone down in history as have the names of the people involved.’
      • ‘The text of Mrs Davidson's letter is reproduced below in full, and my reply is reproduced below that in full as well.’
      • ‘The hospital also comes across looking bad, but their side of the story hasn't been told in full.’
      in its entirety, in total, without abridgement, without omission, unabridged, uncut, fully
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      1. 1.1To the full amount due.
        ‘their relocation costs would be paid in full’
        • ‘But nobody can legitimately argue that he didn't pay his dues in full.’
        • ‘Now Bernie has only a matter of days to go before his dues are paid in full and he's determined to leave Las Vegas to make a fresh start in life.’
        • ‘While the cost of Noel's surgery will be met in full, he will incur expenses associated with his stay in England.’
        • ‘The council say that the increase reflects the fact that the last financial year was the first in which new levels of allowances were paid in full.’
        • ‘When the end of the term is reached, the outstanding loan amount must be repaid in full.’
        • ‘The work had taken 30 minutes, and the trader had been paid in full.’
        • ‘The obvious risk is that the fund will not have grown sufficiently to pay back your capital amount in full.’
        • ‘She added she got rid of all her credit cards except one but admitted she doesn't always pay off the balance in full every month.’
        • ‘Or, they could reach an arrangement with the trustees if they could not afford to settle any deficit in the scheme in full.’
        • ‘I hope you can launch an investigation into this, and I also look forward to my tickets being refunded speedily, and in full.’
      2. 1.2To the utmost; completely.
        ‘the textbooks have failed to exploit in full the opportunities offered’
        • ‘According to Government sources, it is important that the development plan is implemented in full.’
        • ‘The case has already been mentioned twice within the High Court and is expected to proceed in full within six months.’
        • ‘Our stance and programme is rehabilitation to assist them to exploit their potential in full.’
        • ‘Lawyers were seeking the interim release order until their case is heard in full, on June the 23rd.’
        • ‘By March, however, it is intended to start implementing the bye-laws in full.’
        • ‘The panel's recommendations have been accepted in full, the Minister added.’
        • ‘Jefferson's program would have destroyed the new republic if implemented in full.’
        • ‘Write a complex, long-winded law that few people really understand in full.’
        • ‘This they say will allow children to have a better opportunity to benefit in full from the education system.’
        • ‘There are a lot of people who want to live decent lives, and for them we want to see peace, in full.’
  • to the full

    • To the greatest possible extent.

      ‘enjoy your free trip to Europe to the full’
      • ‘He said also there had to be commitment to use the facility to the full in order to make the venture a success.’
      • ‘I also had to swear to work hard for first class honours, while participating to the full in university life.’
      • ‘He farmed all his life until his retirement a few years ago, and he was a man who enjoyed those years to the full.’
      • ‘I have always said that I prefer to experience feelings to the full rather than shy away from them.’
      • ‘The service will of course be available for everyone and it is hoped that it will be used to the full.’
      • ‘It puts a lot of pressure on people to be other than they actually are which stops them living and enjoying their lives to the full.’
      • ‘Matthew, the youngest of three children, was described by his father as a livewire who lived life to the full.’
      • ‘The environment is stimulating and every boy has the opportunity to develop his potential to the full.’
      • ‘Every young person must be allowed to develop his or her skills and creativeness to the full.’
      • ‘She also told the magazine that she intends to experience her visit to the Glastonbury Festival to the full.’
      fully, thoroughly, completely, to the utmost, to capacity, to the limit, to the maximum, for all one's worth, with a vengeance, with all the stops out
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Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vol and German voll.




Main definitions of full in English

: full1full2



[WITH OBJECT]often as noun fulling
  • Clean, shrink, and felt (cloth) by heat, pressure, and moisture.

    ‘weaving and fulling were all formerly part of the normal domestic scene’
    • ‘The best of them all was surely broadcloth, which in the eighteenth century was a superfine grade of woolen cloth that was fulled, or shrunk, napped, and shorn so that it was the consistency of felt but with a smooth surface.’
    • ‘The site also bears signs of industrial activity in the medieval era and Mr Stone believed it could have been associated with dyeing and fulling.’
    • ‘These organic sources were supplemented by wind and water, which powered mills to grind corn or crush seeds, to power fulling mills in the woollen industry and bellows in iron furnaces.’
    • ‘Wool fabric could then also be fulled, a process which ‘thickened’ the cloth with fullers earth.’
    • ‘According to mill historian Martin Watts, the double mill is likely to have served a dual function, with one mill building used to grind corn and the other used for another purpose such as cloth fulling.’
    • ‘On one town plan dating to 1610, an area north-west of the mill was known as Tenter Bank, and tenter frames were used for stretching cloth after it had been fulled and dyed.’
    • ‘Leading cloth-manufacturing centres such as Stamford and Lincoln were overtaken by a host of newer ones sited in villages and towns near fast-flowing streams and rivers that ran the fulling mills.’
    • ‘Note that if the piece is fulled excessively, the fabric will lose its desirable, flexible texture.’
    • ‘The company expanded into Georgia, building two manufacturing plants in Dublin for weaving and fulling of wool.’
    • ‘Felting and/or fulling require heat, agitation and/or alkalinity.’
    • ‘Once the cloth had been fulled, it then underwent an operation called ‘raising’.’
    • ‘A grain mill until the Black Death, it was then converted to fulling, but rebuilt to handle grain at the beginning of the 15th century.’
    • ‘In the later Middle Ages, power began to be applied to industry, notably to cloth manufacture, first in fulling, then to other processes.’
    • ‘I will describe the process that I used for fulling my woollen dyed material.’
    • ‘Fast flowing water and raw materials such as wool and wood made Ambleside a natural home to industry such as fulling mills - mills which removed sheep oils from woven cloth corn, wool, flax and bobbin mills.’
    • ‘All of our hand-dyed wool is pre-felted or fulled and ready for use.’
    • ‘If used without fulling, the fabric will likely pill and shed fiber until it falls apart.’
    • ‘Fingers, hands, and the washboard supply the pressure, a process called fulling, and the warm soapy water shrinks the fibers into a compact form.’
    • ‘New types of cloth, lighter woolens, for instance, and changes in style, or introduction of mechanized fulling might change the locus of textile industries for which women provided much of the by-labour.’
    • ‘Cloth manufacture employed a large number of townsmen in its various stages (e.g. shearing, carding, combing, spinning, weaving, fulling, felting, dyeing, cutting).’


Middle English: probably a back-formation from fuller, influenced by Old French fouler ‘press hard upon’ or medieval Latin fullare, based on Latin fullo ‘fuller’.