Meaning of “fully” in the English Dictionary

"fully" in British English

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fullyadverb

uk /ˈfʊl.i/ us /ˈfʊl.i/

fully adverb (COMPLETELY)

B1 completely:

Have you fully recovered from your illness?
I fully intended to call you last night.
I'm sorry, the restaurant is fully booked.
I fully understand the problem.

More examples

  • Bathers must be fully clothed before entering the restaurant.
  • He has written a fully comprehensive guide to Rome.
  • We had to stay in the sleaziest hotel in town as everywhere else was fully booked.
  • The extent of the flooding can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air.
  • The death of his son was an experience from which he never fully recovered.

fully adverb (GREATEST POSSIBLE)

as much as possible:

Kate has always participated fully in the life of the school.
He cooperated fully with the police.

More examples

  • My job doesn't really allow me fully to deploy my skills.
  • I fully endorse everything the Chairperson has said.
  • We need to make sure that we exploit our resources as fully as possible.
  • Let's explore this issue more fully.
  • We wanted to explain the plans fully, but the chairman stopped us short, as there were other important matters to discuss.

-fullysuffix

uk / -fəl.i/ /-fʊl.i/ us / -fəl.i/ /-fʊl.i/

(Definition of “fully” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fully" in American English

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fullyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈfʊl·i, -li/

fully adverb [ not gradable ] (COMPLETELY)

completely:

Have you fully recovered from your illness?
If you’re not fully satisfied with your purchase, we’ll refund your money.

fully adverb [ not gradable ] (AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE)

as much as possible:

Carrie has always participated fully in the life of the school.

(Definition of “fully” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)