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adjective uk   /fʊl/ us  

full adjective (CONTAINING A LOT)

A2 (of a container or a space) holding or containing as much as possible or a lot: This cup is very full so be careful with it. My plate was already full. I tried to get in the cinema last night but it was full. Don't talk with your mouth full! The shelves were full of books. When she looked at him her eyes were full of tears. I tried to get on the 8.45 train but it was full (up). Don't fill your glass too full or you'll spill it. The theatre was only half full.Full A2 containing a lot of things or people or a lot of something: This sweater is full of holes. His essay was full of spelling errors. I'm full of admiration for you. You're always so full of energy.Full involving a lot of activities: I've got rather a full week next week - could we postpone our meeting? She has a very full life.Busy and activeHurrying and doing things quickly be full of sth to be talking or thinking a lot about something that you have enjoyed or found exciting: "Did the kids enjoy their trip to the zoo?" "Oh, yes, they were full of it when they got back this afternoon."Excited, interested and enthusiastic be full of your own importance disapproving to think and act as if you are very important: Since he got his new job, he's been very full of his own importance.Showing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoasting be full of yourself C2 disapproving to think that you are very important in a way that annoys other people: I can't stand her - she's so full of herself.Showing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoasting

full adjective (COMPLETE)

A2 [before noun] complete, whole, or containing a lot of detail: Please give your full name and address. We do not yet have full details of the story. Few journalists have managed to convey the full horror of the situation. The full impact of the tax changes is yet to be felt. Today's my last full day in Paris. He unwound the rope to its full extent. Are you a full member (= do you have all the membership rights) of the club? Some plants need to be in full sun (= to have the sun shining on them) all the time.Complete and wholeVery and extreme in full B1 completely: The bill must be paid in full by the end of the month.Complete and wholeVery and extreme in full flow If an activity is in full flow, it is happening fast and with energy: Preparations for the event are now in full flow.Occurring and happening be in full swing If an event is in full swing, it has already been happening for a period of time and there is a lot of activity: The party was in full swing by the time we arrived.Occurring and happening in full view able to be seen by other people: Andy and Vicki had a furious row outside their house, in full view of the neighbours.VisibleApparent and obvious

full adjective (GREATEST POSSIBLE)

B1 [before noun] the greatest possible: James is very bright, but he doesn't make full use of his abilities. Nobody got full marks (= all the answers right) in the spelling test. It doesn't seem likely that we will see a return to full employment (= that all the people in the country will have a job) in the near future.Maximum and minimum

full adjective (FOOD)

B2 (also full up) having eaten so much food that you cannot eat any more: No more cake for me, thanks, I'm full.Full on a full stomach (also full up) having recently eaten: Never go swimming on a full stomach.Full

full adjective (LARGE)

(of clothing) loose or containing a lot of material, or (of parts of the body) quite large and rounded: a full skirt Women often have full faces/become full in the face when they're pregnant. She has wonderful full lips.Big and quite bigEnormousFlexible, loose and yielding used to avoid saying 'fat': They advertise clothes 'for the fuller figure'.Big and quite bigEnormous

full adjective (STRONG)

(of a flavour, sound, smell, etc.) strong or deep: This wine has a full fruity flavour. A cello has a fuller sound than a violin.Flavours and tastesSmells and smellingDescribing qualities of soundHaving a powerful effectStrong feelingsVery and extreme


adverb uk   /fʊl/ us  

full adverb (COMPLETE)

know full well to understand a situation completely: You know full well that you're not supposed to go there without asking me!Aware

full adverb (STRAIGHT)

straight; directly: He was kicked full in the stomach. The intruders turned and ran as the police shone their torches full on them.Accurate and exact


noun uk   /fʊl/ us  
to the full as much or as well as possible: She certainly lives life to the full.Maximum and minimum
(Definition of full from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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