Main definitions of full in English

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

    ‘wastebaskets full of rubbish’
    ‘she could only nod, for her mouth was full’
    • ‘By the weekend it was a joy to see both churches almost full to capacity.’
    • ‘Casey blushed, her hands full, not being able to reciprocate, but grinning as much as her anyway.’
    • ‘Even if the stadium is only half full at 4pm next Sunday, Dublin's semi-final should go ahead.’
    • ‘Angelique went to the room where the computer was and saw a carton full of empty beer bottles.’
    • ‘Shamed by his actions, Adam dropped his head as he poured himself a full glass of whisky.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was going to ride the same bus as us, but this one was too full, so she was placed on the second bus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although both flights were completely full, the level of service was quite satisfactory.’
    • ‘The Opera House was far from full and yet the noise throughout the performance was quite amazing.’
    • ‘The result will be more prisons full with thousands of young working class people.’
    • ‘Take one teaspoon of the solution from the bottle and put it into the pitcher full of water and leave it for thirty minutes.’
    • ‘Lessons also will be offered in the winter term - good to know if your desired class is full this term.’
    • ‘When our tummies were well and truly full we went to do some more shopping.’
    • ‘With most of the city's hotels full, it meant a night in emergency accommodation.’
    • ‘By the time I swung through the door, the room was nearly full.’
    • ‘Be sure to keep your mouth too full to talk.’
    • ‘Off he went this morning, laden with two huge bundles of magazines and a bag full of empty yoghurt pots.’
    • ‘The weekly show became a hit, and the club was often full beyond the legal limit.’
    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 or drunk to one's limits or satisfaction.
      See also full up below
      • ‘There was plenty to fill us without adding extra vegetables and afterwards we were too full for dessert.’
      • ‘The pair can only put up a token protest before they are full, warm, content and asleep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Basically, people feel fuller after a protein-rich meal.’
      • ‘She was so full, so full she felt like she couldn't hold on, and she didn't know what to do.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A high fibre meal gives the sensation of being quickly full and satisfied.’
      • ‘How good one feels when one is full - how satisfied with ourselves and with the world!’
      • ‘He patted his stomach again, sighed, and leaned backward, as if he were so full he could not sit up straight.’
      • ‘Overall we had a very good time even though we were absolutely full by the time they left.’
      • ‘It is believed that eating mainly high-GI foods leads to greater snacking since the body does not feel as full for long.’
      • ‘But no matter how fattening, you just won't feel full at the end.’
      replete, satisfied, well fed, sated, satiated, full up, full to bursting, having had enough
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    2. 1.2full ofpredicative Containing or holding much or many; having a large number of.
      ‘his diary is full of entries about her’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We share a computer and have a small study that's full of my books but we share the space.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that summer is one sexy season full of people shedding tensions and clothes.’
      • ‘The Brixton show was an empty one, full of teasing highs and promises that never quite materialised.’
      • ‘There was a time when the future seemed to be full of limitless possibilities.’
      • ‘There is a whole fenced-off garden full of cats of varying sizes and colours up by the church.’
      • ‘Turn a corner and we were faced with a whole street full of quite beautiful patisserie shops.’
      • ‘That usually meant that his head was full of empty worries and unrealistic plans.’
      • ‘This actually has some cheese flavour and the egg custard is well made, but it's full of too many overpowering chives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was the happiest day of my life and my life has been full of happy moments.’
      • ‘The grounds surrounding are full of discarded carrier bags containing rubbish thrown from cars as they pass.’
      • ‘Before you buy a whole house full of polyester carpet, though, try to see a room with it.’
      • ‘They are full of exquisite period details, from the accents to the frocks.’
      • ‘It's now full of empty pages, but I'll outnumber them by written ones, just you wait and see just you wait.’
      • ‘Lillesand is a beautiful little town full of wooden houses with white picket fences and gardens overflowing with roses.’
      • ‘They resume their association and suddenly the world is full of endless possibilities.’
      • ‘However, most of them are empty while the arcades and sidewalks are full of motorcycles.’
      • ‘I also find out that said house is decked out in assorted Victorian styles and is full of period features.’
    3. 1.3full ofpredicative Having a lot of (a particular quality)
      ‘she was full of confidence’
      • ‘I won't lie to you but the past two days have been packed full of wild danger and excitement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The lower middle class in the towns now felt their individual lives to be full of possible danger and uncertainty.’
      • ‘The Glitterati have managed to produce an album full of strength without overpowering you.’
      • ‘At the top of the tree, a huge osprey nest that should have been full of life lay empty and deserted.’
      • ‘Conventions could be managed, but the party managers' mediation of these crowds was full of risk.’
      • ‘He left behind him a long life full of achievement and plenty of friends.’
      • ‘Being still so full of energy and excitement, I didn't understand the reason for her expression.’
      • ‘Over the past few years the floodlit competitions for the younger age group were full of excitement.’
      • ‘Never in England had anything been so full of flavour.’
      • ‘We left Chichi to its extraordinary mix of high religion and high commerce and returned to Antigua full of anticipation.’
      • ‘This is an action - packed thriller, full of verve, violence, courage and fantastic imagery.’
      • ‘Stepping outside your comfort zone helps you confront your fears and show you that life's full of possibility.’
      • ‘Set near a nameless Korean village, the shots are full of poise and beauty.’
      • ‘The dancers in Trisha Brown's troupe are superb, full of talent and strength.’
      • ‘Selby started the second half full of determination and were rewarded with a McDonald penalty kick to the corner.’
      • ‘It seems to be a magical day full of hope and anticipation for the great future to come.’
      • ‘The effect is a sharp contrast in time and space, full of humour or satire.’
      • ‘This makes for a happy learning environment and happy children full of life.’
      abounding in, bursting with, brimming with, rich in, possessed by
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    4. 1.4full ofpredicative Completely engrossed with; unable to stop talking or thinking about.
      ‘Anna had been full of her day, saying how Mitch had described England to her’
      • ‘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. 1.5 Filled with intense emotion.
      ‘she picked at her food, her heart too full to eat’
      • ‘Her face was blank, but her eyes were full of heartbreak and anger.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘May your lives together be full of the joy that you bring to others.’
      • ‘He stormed out of the room full of rage.’
      • ‘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.’
      abounding in, bursting with, brimming with, rich in, possessed by
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    6. 1.6 Involving a lot of activities.
      ‘he lived a full life’
      • ‘When not on the slopes, she has been attacking school work and enjoying a full social life.’
      • ‘Here is a woman who has lived a rich and full life, but who has not given up her creativity.’
      • ‘His full schedule leads him around the world, partnering some of the most famous singers of our time.’
      • ‘Your life can be rich and full because of the many ways you have of expressing your potentials.’
      • ‘It may be a busy life that Barb leads, but it's certainly a full and rich one as well.’
      • ‘He believes the treatment will ultimately pay for itself in that it will help patients lead a fuller, more normal life.’
      • ‘Under the expert tutelage of former sailors, the young people had a very full programme indeed.’
      • ‘The aim of BGWS is to encourage young people to fulfil their potential, by living full lives as active citizens.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I choose to believe that I will live as full a life as anybody else.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘George led a full and rich life that has touched and brought joy to many of us.’
      • ‘It's objective is to see that each person can live full and satisfied lives as equal 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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  • 2attributive Not lacking or omitting anything; complete.

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

    ‘she had full lips’
    ‘the fuller figure’
    • ‘She was very full figured, he was forced to admit as he held her around the waist.’
    • ‘I wear stylish clothes and have a good full figure.’
    • ‘He lifted her by the waist, her curves full and voluptuous as he edged her towards the bed.’
    • ‘Here are some hair tips that can work for minimizing fuller face shapes.’
    • ‘Her lips weren't too full, but they weren't too small, either.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many other stores are now catering for the fuller figure.’
    • ‘Those with fuller busts should opt for swimwear which offers maximum support.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Consider an Argyle Merino turtleneck to balance fuller hips.’
    • ‘He is described as thickset, in his mid 50s with a full face.’
    • ‘She was a pretty woman, with a slightly pointed face, a small upturned nose, and full ruby-red lips.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘For full lashes in a flash, add a brush of mascara on the upper and lower lashes.’
      • ‘For example, if you have full hair worn close to the face try thinner, lighter frames.’
      • ‘Her raven black hair was full and lustrous, reflecting the unpredictable writhings of the candle flames.’
      • ‘His hair was still full and a shade of light gray that stood in sharp contrast with the dark suit he wore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Short hair tends to look fuller than long hair.’
    2. 3.2 (of a garment) made using much material arranged in folds or gathers, or generously cut so as to fit loosely.
      ‘the dress has a square neck and a full skirt’
      • ‘She pulled on her white robe with full sleeves and set her feet into her slippers.’
      • ‘The first outfit she tried on was a pink shirt like her own except it had full sleeves on both sides.’
      • ‘She had on a light green full shirt, with a dark green tunic that brought out the color in her eyes.’
      • ‘There was a full blouse with a tunic that went over top, and a pair of plain cotton britches.’
      • ‘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 can ride even in a full court gown, in fact she can ride better in a dress than in pants.’
      • ‘That's the mainstream style now: sort of fitted at the waist, and fuller in the leg.’
      • ‘She truly felt like royalty whenever she fingered the bell sleeves and full skirt.’
      • ‘The fabric was printed with a simple design, and the full skirt accentuated her tiny waist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are wearing long very full skirts which were last fashionable in Victorian times.’
      • ‘Her favorite was the pale blue one with the navy pinstripes and full skirt.’
      • ‘Rochelle stood up, careful not to chip her polish, and ran her hand down the full skirt.’
      • ‘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 was the last to come out on stage and she was dressed in a very long, full cloak.’
      • ‘Narrow hips are a must if you're going in for a full pleated skirt.’
      • ‘The full skirt of her red gown fell about her feet like a crimson pool.’
      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.
      • ‘Steady As A Rock puts the rich, full and heavy bass higher still in the mix, where it sits just as the title indicates.’
      • ‘With two trombonists, they have a characteristic full sound down low on the music scale.’
      • ‘The dynamics are mixed and it builds well but most of the time it's soft and thin or thick and full sound.’
      • ‘The music makes excellent use of the two channels and sounds quite full and developed.’
      • ‘With a very full sound and varied music mix the lads are sure to go from strength to strength.’
      • ‘How is it that so full a sound can come out of one tiny girl and her guitar.’
      resonant, rich, sonorous, deep, full-bodied, vibrant, fruity, clear, loud, strong
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    4. 3.4 (of a flavor or color) rich or intense.
      • ‘The full palate is rich in white peaches and not overly aggressive on the mousse which leaves a creamy, lengthy finish.’
      • ‘Warm them very slightly in the oven before serving, to bring out their full flavour.’
      • ‘It's good meat, full flavoured with a little touch of sweetness and smoke.’
      • ‘I love the rich full flavour of livers and think of them as a real treat despite their being inexpensive.’
      • ‘The salmon was imported from Norway and had that full flavour from the fjords.’
      • ‘The chick is born out of the egg with full colours and is perhaps the only bird in the world born as such.’
      • ‘Use the best olive oil you can afford for this dressing because the full flavour will make all the difference.’
      • ‘Body is not related to wine quality, balance being more important in a wine than whether it is full or light bodied.’
      • ‘Fantastic, pure, rich, full nose of fruit and caramel, with an almost minty overtone.’
      • ‘In summer I serve them at room temperature, but you don't get the full flavour if they're chilled.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was sick of her life, so she thought she could change it if she dyed her hair a full, unadulterated brown.’
      • ‘Very clean and full with a biscuity flavour and subtle hints of citrus fruits on the nose.’
      • ‘Those with a mature palate are more likely to enjoy the full flavour.’
      • ‘This one has intense raspberry and blackberry fruit with a full, rich finish.’
      • ‘Colors come across full and balanced, with blues and greens balancing nicely.’
      • ‘She explained that to get the full taste of a whiskey you need to add a little water.’
      • ‘Let the berries hang on the branches a few more days to develop their full sweetness and aroma.’
      • ‘They need slow heating to bring out the full flavour, but overheating makes them bitter.’
      • ‘Her hair was the richest, fullest red, and it spread across her shoulders like a cresting wave.’
      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’
    • ‘He had not been able to brake his car in time and had run full into him.’
    • ‘Instead he planted it full in the solar plexus, lifting the man clear of the floor.’
    • ‘And with that, he bent down and kissed me full on the lips.’
    • ‘At the door she turned and looked him full in the eye, her strange dark gaze burning him to the core.’
    • ‘His pillow missed Gary and hit Will full in the face.’
    • ‘It was as if the angel of death had looked me full in the face - and then passed me by.’
    • ‘I took Eve in my arms and kissed him full on the lips.’
    • ‘It was Brown who foiled the striker, spreading himself to take Beattie's shot full in the chest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alex stopped his packing and looked the princess full in the face.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘He weighed full fifteen stone.’
      • ‘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!’’


the full
  • 1The period, point, or state of the greatest fullness or strength; the height of a period of time.

    • ‘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.
      • ‘His mug was waiting by the stove. He poured himself the full of it and stirred in three spoons of sugar.’
      • ‘He summoned the full of his eloquence in persuasion.’


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

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

    • ‘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.

    • ‘I have cured many cases of goitre with Iodine, giving a powder every night for four nights, after the moon fulled and was waning.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 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.’
      • ‘We are steering full and by and watch securing gear round the decks.’
      • ‘For example, in a fresh gale, a well-conditioned man-of-war could just carry in chase, full and by, treble-reefed topsails, etc.’
  • full of oneself

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

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

    • archaic Having lived to a considerable age.

      • ‘A Tory life peer died recently, full of years, and there was a four-column piece about his achievements which, however, noted that.’
      • ‘Goldwater died in 1998, full of years, respected by people in both major parties and by millions of independents.’
      • ‘One was older than the other and she died full of years quietly in her bed surrounded by devoted friends and family.’
      • ‘Our revered friend has been gathered unto his fathers, full of years and full of honours.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Son of a king, father of a king, Gaunt was the grand old man of his nation, full of years and wisdom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He died at Philadelphia, full of years and honours, at the age of eighty-four, on the 17th of April, 1790.’
      • ‘But he has passed from the living of earth, full of years, and full of honors, to the rest of the patriarchs.’
      • ‘A year short of his eightieth birthday, Gideon Ousely died - full of wisdom, full of years, full of grace.’
  • full on

    • 1Running at or providing maximum power or capacity.

      ‘he had the heater full on’
      • ‘Without telling me, they turned the gas full on.’
      • ‘We heard guitars full on in both left and right directions!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was driving full on back from Tesco, and at the traffic lights, in the car next to me, was Prince Edward.’
      • ‘The oven tap had been turned full on, and there was a big fat paw print next to it.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 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.’
      • ‘I got out of my car and the heat just hits me, full on.’
      • ‘‘What are you looking at me for?’, he grinned, meeting my glower full on.’
      • ‘Then suddenly the realization of what was happening hit me full on.’
      • ‘The frantic tone caused her to roll out of bed immediately, hitting the floor full on.’
      • ‘He felt as if he had just hit a brick wall full on, the pain was incredible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally I looked up, he had been staring at my elbow, but then he met my gaze full on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Colin gazed at his brother full on, disbelief apparent in his gray eyes.’
      1. 2.1informal (of an activity or thing) not diluted in nature or effect.
        ‘this is full-on ballroom boogie’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It is funny to see the different fashions - everything from shorts and jackets to full on winter gear - hat, gloves, scarf.’
        • ‘Bottom line: go see it, and strap yourself in for one hell of a good movie - full on non-stop, beautifully-filmed action.’
        • ‘I didn't want a full on relationship with anyone… why would I?’
        • ‘That alone is worth saluting, as are the top-shelf graphics, print-like layout and overall spirit of full on music exuberance.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘But his voice is all wrong for the full on Dr. Doom effect.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Well, we plan on bringing the guys back from Cuba next summer for a full on festival tour.’
  • 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’
      • ‘I ran full out down the main corridor.’
      • ‘His smirk disappeared and he was full out glaring at me.’
      • ‘She full out smacked my shoulder and I bounced away from her, grinning and saying, ‘You'd look cute.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One night as I laid in bed, I cried, I full out cried.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I always go full out and I was definitely going full out in white heels.’
      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

    • Used to indicate that one should proceed with as much speed or energy as possible.

      • ‘And just ahead, partisan politics is moving full steam ahead here in Washington.’
      • ‘Even though interviews are going full speed ahead, we don't have that many candidates.’
      • ‘You can see they feel that this is a much better nomination, that they want to move ahead, full steam ahead.’
      • ‘It shouldn't have been withdrawn in the first place but now we have got it we are full steam ahead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A British Waterways press officer said: ‘It is now full steam ahead to make the canal navigable for the beginning of July.’’
      • ‘It's still full steam ahead and there's no reason why we would want to change that.’
      • ‘Permission was finally granted this summer for the brewery to go ahead and the glass worker has been going full steam ahead since July.’
  • full to the brim

  • in full

    • 1With nothing omitted.

      ‘I shall expect your life story in full’
      • ‘The question over whether McCabe's sums will indeed add up will only be answered once his report is published in full tomorrow.’
      • ‘The hospital also comes across looking bad, but their side of the story hasn't been told 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.’
      • ‘Whole paragraphs, like the following one, are worth quoting in full for their vivid illumination of an age.’
      • ‘The inset shows the full experiment with numbers denoting the four steps described in full in the text.’
      • ‘She explained the story in full to her mother, who sounded somewhat shocked and appalled.’
      • ‘The information was unfiltered, police briefings given in full, speeches unedited for sound-bites.’
      • ‘The controversy surrounding its announcement to the press was unfortunate and is documented here 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.’
      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’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘While the cost of Noel's surgery will be met in full, he will incur expenses associated with his stay in England.’
        • ‘Or, they could reach an arrangement with the trustees if they could not afford to settle any deficit in the scheme 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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘But nobody can legitimately argue that he didn't pay his dues 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’
        • ‘Write a complex, long-winded law that few people really understand in full.’
        • ‘Lawyers were seeking the interim release order until their case is heard in full, on June the 23rd.’
        • ‘According to Government sources, it is important that the development plan is implemented in full.’
        • ‘There are a lot of people who want to live decent lives, and for them we want to see peace, in full.’
        • ‘Our stance and programme is rehabilitation to assist them to exploit their potential 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.’
        • ‘The case has already been mentioned twice within the High Court and is expected to proceed in full within six months.’
        • ‘By March, however, it is intended to start implementing the bye-laws in full.’
        • ‘This they say will allow children to have a better opportunity to benefit in full from the education system.’
  • to the full

    • To the greatest possible extent.

      ‘enjoy your free trip to Europe 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.’
      • ‘Matthew, the youngest of three children, was described by his father as a livewire who lived life to the full.’
      • ‘She also told the magazine that she intends to experience her visit to the Glastonbury Festival to the full.’
      • ‘I also had to swear to work hard for first class honours, while participating to the full in university life.’
      • ‘The service will of course be available for everyone and it is hoped that it will be used to the full.’
      • ‘He farmed all his life until his retirement a few years ago, and he was a man who enjoyed those years 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have always said that I prefer to experience feelings to the full rather than shy away from them.’
      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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  • full up

    • 1Filled to capacity.

      • ‘This place used to be full up with yard workers, now I can only count the four of us,’ says Peter, sweeping his arm down the bar to his drinking companions.’
      • ‘The charity's shelter is already full up, with 40 cats in its care and another 33 on its waiting list.’
      • ‘With all the tourists here for the summer festival, we're pretty full up.’
      • ‘It's the middle of the kitten season so we're pretty full up at the inn, but people still want us to take in their unwanted pets as soon as possible.’
      • ‘Now we have got no choice, and we are going to get this chaotic situation where areas like mine are likely to be full of black bags when the grey bins are all full up.’
      • ‘She said: ‘The staff here have worked very hard to try and get us nearer to home but everywhere seems to be full up.’’
      • ‘Yesterday was blackly hilarious, as ten people all jumped onto the platform in desperation after the driver shouted out: ‘Sorry, full up!’’
      • ‘Patrick said: ‘I said to this particular manager that I was very lucky and had the tank been full up I do not think I would have been able to get out of it.’’
      • ‘I have an entire room literally filled with framed work, and a plans chest full up of unframed stuff.’
      • ‘The balloons are a good way of raising attention for the charity and the bag is full up with them so I can hand them out to people along the road,’ he said.’
      • ‘Salisbury, in common with a lot of our other stations, gets full up pretty quickly, and we are looking at opening up additional parking.’
      1. 1.1Having eaten or drunk so much that one is replete.
        • ‘‘More food? Are you not full up?’’
        • ‘My wife, who had chosen a more moderate selection of dishes from the Menu Saison, was full up by this point, but I was only just getting started!’
        • ‘I was full up before I'd eaten half of it, but I couldn't put my knife and fork down until it was all gone.’
        • ‘I've told her that I'm not up for going out for something to eat in a major way, what with having had lunch earlier (and I still feel full up hours later).’
        • ‘The only problem I have with the actual Christmas meal is that I'm always too full up for pudding.’


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.

    • ‘Fingers, hands, and the washboard supply the pressure, a process called fulling, and the warm soapy water shrinks the fibers into a compact form.’
    • ‘All of our hand-dyed wool is pre-felted or fulled and ready for use.’
    • ‘In the later Middle Ages, power began to be applied to industry, notably to cloth manufacture, first in fulling, then to other processes.’
    • ‘If used without fulling, the fabric will likely pill and shed fiber until it falls apart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The company expanded into Georgia, building two manufacturing plants in Dublin for weaving and fulling of wool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once the cloth had been fulled, it then underwent an operation called ‘raising’.’
    • ‘I will describe the process that I used for fulling my woollen dyed material.’
    • ‘Cloth manufacture employed a large number of townsmen in its various stages (e.g. shearing, carding, combing, spinning, weaving, fulling, felting, dyeing, cutting).’
    • ‘Felting and/or fulling require heat, agitation and/or alkalinity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wool fabric could then also be fulled, a process which ‘thickened’ the cloth with fullers earth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Note that if the piece is fulled excessively, the fabric will lose its desirable, flexible texture.’
    • ‘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.’


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’.