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"full" in British English

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fulladjective

uk   us   /fʊl/

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 ofbooks. When she ​looked at him her ​eyes were full oftears. I ​tried to get on the 8.45 ​train but it was full. Don't fillyourglass too full or you'll ​spill it. The ​stadium was only half full.A2 containing a lot of things or ​people or a lot of something: This ​sweater is full ofholes. His ​essay was full ofspellingerrors. I'm full ofadmiration for you. You're always so full ofenergy. involving a lot of ​activities: I've got a full ​week next ​week - could we ​postponeourmeeting? She has a very full ​life.be full of sth UK to be ​talking or ​thinking a lot about something that you have ​enjoyed or ​foundexciting: "Did the ​kidsenjoytheirtrip to the ​zoo?" "Oh, yes, they were full of it when they got back this ​afternoon."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.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.
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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. Scientists have not ​yetdetermined the full ​impact of the ​oilspill. 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 ​membershiprights) of the ​club? Some ​plants need to be in full ​sun (= to have the ​sunshining on them) all the ​time.in full B1 completely: The ​bill must be ​paid in full by the end of the ​month.in full flow UK If an ​activity is in full ​flow, it is ​happeningfast and with ​energy: Preparations for the ​event are now in full ​flow.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.in full view able to be ​seen by other ​people: Andy kissedVicki full on the ​lips in full ​view of her ​friends.
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full adjective (GREATEST POSSIBLE)

B1 [before noun] the ​greatestpossible: James is very ​bright, but he doesn't make full use of his ​abilities. Nobody got full marks (= all the ​answersright) in the ​spellingtest. It doesn't ​seemlikely that we will ​see a ​return to full ​employment (= that all the ​people in the ​country will have a ​job) in the near ​future.
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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.on a full stomach having ​recentlyeaten: Never go ​swimming on a full ​stomach.
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full adjective (LARGE)

(of ​clothing) ​loose or ​containing a lot of ​material, or (of ​parts of the ​body) ​quitelarge and ​rounded: a full ​skirt Women often have full faces/​become full in the ​face when they're ​pregnant. Her full ​lipscurved into a ​smile. used to ​avoid saying "​fat": They ​advertiseclothes "for the fuller figure".

full adjective (STRONG)

(of a ​flavour, ​sound, ​smell, etc.) ​strong or ​deep: This ​wine has a full ​fruityflavour. A ​cello has a fuller ​sound than a ​violin.

fulladverb

uk   us   /fʊl/

full adverb (COMPLETE)

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

full adverb (STRAIGHT)

straight; ​directly: He was ​kicked full in the ​stomach. The ​intrudersturned and ​ran as the ​policeshonetheirtorches full on them.

fullnoun

uk   us   /fʊl/
to the full/to the fullest as much or as well as ​possible: She ​certainlyliveslife to the full.
(Definition of full from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fulladjective

 us   /fʊl/

full adjective (CONTAINING A LOT)

having or ​containing a lot: The ​glass is full, so be ​careful not to ​spill it. This ​sweater is full of ​holes. You’re always so full of ​energy. Don’t ​talk with ​yourmouth full (= with ​food in ​yourmouth)! I have a full ​schedule (= a lot of ​activitiesplanned) next ​week.

full adjective (ATE ENOUGH)

having ​eaten so much that you do not ​want to ​eat any more: I’m so full I couldn’t ​eat another ​bite.

full adjective (WHOLE)

[not gradable] including all of something or everything; ​whole: What should we do on ​our last full ​day in New York?

full adjective (GREATEST POSSIBLE)

[not gradable] the ​greatestpossible; maximum : We don’t make full use of ​ourbasement. My roommate’s ​stereo was on full ​blast (= as ​loudly as ​possible).

full adjective (LARGE)

[-er/-est only] (of ​clothing) ​loose or ​containing a lot of ​material, or (of the ​body) ​large and ​rounded: full ​face/​lips/​mouth The ​dress was ​tight at the ​waist with a very full ​skirt and ​puffysleeves.

full adjective (STRONG)

[-er/-est only] (of a ​flavor, ​sound, or ​smell) ​strong or ​deep: A ​cello has a fuller ​sound than a ​violin.

fulladverb [not gradable]

 us   /fʊl/

full adverb [not gradable] (DIRECTLY )

directly: The ​bitingwind was ​blowing full in his ​face.
(Definition of full from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"full" in Business English

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fulladjective

uk   us   /fʊl/
complete or whole: the full amount/cost Only ​people without ​healthinsurance are ​charged the full ​amount.the full benefit/impact It is still not known what the full ​impact of the ​economicsanctions will be on the ​domesticeconomy. Officials said the ​airline was ​operating at full ​capacity yesterday. If the ​customerkept the ​items for the full 90 days that many ​storesallow for a ​return, the ​season for a particular ​fashion might have ​passed.
containing a lot of detail or all the necessary details: Please ​include your full ​name and ​address with your ​order. For full details, please visit our ​website.
full price [C or U] a ​price that has not been ​reduced: Customers who do not have a ​proof of age ​card have to ​pay full ​price.
at full stretch working as hard as possible, or using all ​availablemoney, ​materials, ​time, etc.: be/work at full stretch Plants are continuing to ​work at full ​stretch to ​meet both ​domestic and ​exportdemand. They ​claimed they were ​operating at full ​stretch and could not ​afford to ​lowerrates as ​margins were already ​pared to the bone .
in full completely: The ​bill must be ​paid in full by the end of the month.
(Definition of full from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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