Definition of partly in English:



  • To some extent; not completely.

    ‘the result is partly a matter of skill and partly of chance’
    ‘you're only partly right’
    • ‘The turnout was so good partly because of the weather and partly because the event is so well known now.’
    • ‘This is partly to cut out the noise and vibration from passing trams and traffic.’
    • ‘She had not agreed to it, although in a statement she admitted partly blaming herself.’
    • ‘It is clear from the Council report into the progress of the scheme that it has partly backfired.’
    • ‘This is partly because most of us have better things to do than fill in forms.’
    • ‘The causes of asthma are not fully known but it is partly an allergic condition.’
    • ‘It is partly for this reason that he is refusing to rush any recruitment moves.’
    • ‘The land was excluded from the original plans because it is partly in the city's green belt.’
    • ‘He is right that things are better than they were, but this is partly a reflection of how bad they got.’
    • ‘When I moved to Scotland it was partly to do with wanting to enjoy the Scottish culture.’
    • ‘I think in general people found it very funny and that indeed was partly the intention.’
    • ‘This is partly based on grounds of public safety on the advice of the relevant authorities.’
    • ‘This is partly because the squad has so many young players, but it is also a testimony to his quality.’
    • ‘The land is partly designated for housing, partly for education and is part open space.’
    • ‘I felt partly responsible for the big day because I had introduced them on a night out.’
    • ‘Which is very poor given that serving food is partly how they make their living.’
    • ‘It is low because as well as being affected by the dry summer, it was partly drained for repairs.’
    • ‘She is currently working on her third novel that will be partly based in the North of England.’
    • ‘It was where I grew up, and so it follows that it must be a place that at least partly shaped who I am today.’
    • ‘It was partly greater familiarity with the soundtrack that made me enjoy it more.’
    to a certain degree, to a certain extent, to some degree, to some extent, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, in part, partially, a little, somewhat, not totally, not wholly, not entirely, not fully, relatively, moderately, half, in some measure, comparatively, slightly
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