Definition of fully in US English:



  • 1Completely or entirely; to the furthest extent.

    ‘I fully understand the fears of the workers’
    • ‘I fully understand that person's fears but the wider picture is kinda scary don't you think?’
    • ‘However, Duncker was fully aware of the need to avoid alienating her audience.’
    • ‘By then, the emphasis was fully focused on the harmony and happiness of the marriage.’
    • ‘Social workers told me that until they read it they hadn't understood fully the feelings of carers.’
    • ‘This can only happen by fully listening to and understanding the evidence before making a comment.’
    • ‘No amount of money can fully compensate for the loss of a limb or for extreme pain.’
    • ‘However the youngster has scored five in his last seven and will be fully focused on the job at hand.’
    • ‘I would go so far as to suggest that two or three of them were anything but fully fit.’
    • ‘Autism is an extremely complex condition, and one which has never been fully understood.’
    • ‘She is fully aware of the risks, but believes her past experience will help.’
    • ‘The fact that it's fully interactive is entirely appropriate to the subject matter.’
    • ‘Employ a good lawyer and make sure you fully understand the process before you commit to any purchase.’
    • ‘I fully understand this viewpoint, but I think that there is an inherent moral dilemma.’
    • ‘It would probably take at least two terms to be fully dealt with and vast amounts of money.’
    • ‘His importance and contribution can never be fully appreciated.’
    • ‘Things happen behind closed doors which he doesn't see and so he doesn't fully understand.’
    • ‘She said he ‘was not fully candid about his knowledge of White House involvement in the decision’.’
    • ‘Employers in 40 percent of colleges have yet to fully meet the last national deal on pay.’
    • ‘It's fully revised, with a new chapter taking in the whole saga of his resignation and comeback.’
    • ‘Auditors were called in, but the true amount of money taken by Lucas could not be fully determined.’
    completely, entirely, wholly, totally, thoroughly, quite, utterly, perfectly, altogether, exhaustively, extensively, intimately, in all respects, in every respect, without reservation, without exception, lock, stock, and barrel, from first to last, to the hilt
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  • 2No less or fewer than (used to emphasize an amount)

    ‘fully 65 percent of all funerals are by cremation’
    • ‘Above the east stand of the ground, fully a hundred yards or so from where I stood, flew four seagulls, and their cries were all that broke the silence.’
    • ‘Fully 40 percent of the nation's states were now affected in some way by budget restrictions.’
    • ‘Fully 1.2 million of the people providing care to family and friends spent 50 hours or more a week engaged in this support.’
    • ‘Fully 10 percent more girls than boys pray daily.’
    at least, without exaggeration, easily, quite
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Old English fullīce (see full, -ly).