Definition of full-blown in US English:



  • 1Fully developed.

    ‘the outbreak has the potential to become a full-blown pandemic’
    • ‘Now it has developed into a full-blown national discussion about what it means to be British in the twenty-first century.’
    • ‘But before these problems can flower into full-blown catastrophes something even worse happens.’
    • ‘He grew up wanting to emulate the majesty of Visconti, the stark realism of Rossellini and the full-blown melodrama of Vincente Minnelli.’
    • ‘These people are more likely to develop full-blown depression at some point in their lives.’
    • ‘By full time, it bordered on a full-blown travesty of justice.’
    • ‘It is in the deeper recesses of the lung where the Anthrax spores develop into full-blown Pulmonary Anthrax.’
    • ‘The condition often accelerates the advance of HIV to full-blown Aids.’
    • ‘What began as a small commotion is quickly growing into a full-blown riot.’
    • ‘That is, it takes typically eight to thirty years for damaged cells to develop into full-blown cancers.’
    • ‘The next stage, she says, is an attitude of helplessness about work, the full-blown Sisyphus complex.’
    • ‘See a doctor or a psychiatrist quick before the illness develops into its full-blown form.’
    • ‘It is core to their lives, and that situation will remain as they mature into full-blown consumers.’
    • ‘If treated, pre-eclampsia rarely progresses to full-blown eclampsia and most women can have normal babies.’
    • ‘I expected it to turn into a full-blown cold or even flu over the weekend but, apart from the odd sneeze here and there, no other symptoms have materialised.’
    • ‘He suffered numerous minor limited infections which he took as evidence that he had now developed full-blown AIDS.’
    • ‘My first full-blown love affair revolved entirely around a musical epiphany: a formal introduction to The Smiths.’
    • ‘The consumer-credit problem has not yet developed into a full-blown crisis.’
    • ‘Had India developed a full-blown scientific tradition, then they may have come up with it first, or independently.’
    • ‘Of course, chimpanzees don't proceed to develop full-blown language the way you and I have.’
    • ‘Suddenly the butterflies that Derby had been displaying at the latter stages of the first half were developing into full-blown jitters.’
    • ‘The honeycomb bar would be a bone showing early signs of osteoporosis and the one full of bubbles would be the full-blown disease.’
    • ‘When one in four girls admits to an incipient eating disorder, how do you pick out the ones who are in danger of a full-blown psychiatric complex?’
    • ‘Aeneas' son Iulus kills a pet stag while hunting, and from that small spark a full-blown war develops.’
    • ‘Gardaí and army personnel are in training in Athlone in the event of a full-blown strike at the country's prisons.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, this little obsession of mine seem to have grown into a full-blown schoolboy crush.’
    • ‘It's full-blown nutso nonsense to request that people should read the piece and decide for themselves.’
    • ‘Reg Keys, the father of Lance Corporal Keys, of north Wales, says he will mount a serious, full-blown campaign against Mr Blair.’
    • ‘You don't need a complete full-blown language system like humans have in order to make it worthwhile.’
    fully developed, full-scale, full-blooded, fully fledged, complete, total, thorough, entire, full, advanced
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  • 2(of a flower) in full bloom.



/ˈfo͝ol ˈˌblōn//ˈfʊl ˈˌbloʊn/