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Meaning of “partial” in the English Dictionary

"partial" in British English

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partialadjective

uk   /ˈpɑː.ʃəl/  us   /ˈpɑːr-/
  • partial adjective (NOT COMPLETE)

B2 not ​complete: The ​general has ​ordered a partial withdrawal of ​troops from the ​area.

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

"partial" in American English

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partialadjective

 us   /ˈpɑr·ʃəl/
  • partial adjective (NOT COMPLETE)

[not gradable] not ​complete: He made a partial ​repayment of the ​loan.
  • partial adjective (PREFERENCE)

to have a ​particularpreference or ​liking for someone or something: I’m partial toward the ​largerdogs.
partially
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈpɑr·ʃə·li/
The ​accidentleft him partially ​paralyzed.
(Definition of partial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"partial" in Business English

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partialadjective [usually before noun]

uk   us   /ˈpɑːʃəl/
not complete: There has been a partial ​restructuring of our HR ​department. Partial ​funding is ​available for ​overseasdelegates to the ​conference.
(Definition of partial from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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