Meaning of “partial” in the English Dictionary

"partial" in British English

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partialadjective

uk /ˈpɑː.ʃəl/ us /ˈpɑːr.ʃəl/

partial adjective (NOT COMPLETE)

B2 not complete:

The general has ordered a partial withdrawal of troops from the area.

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  • On Wednesday there will be a partial eclipse of the sun.
  • a partial mastectomy
  • There has been a partial withdrawal from enemy territory.
  • Unfortunately, this is only a partial solution to the problem.
  • The operation was only a partial success.

(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 particular preference or liking for someone or something:

I’m partial toward the larger dogs.
partially
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈpɑr·ʃə·li/

The accident left 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 /ˈpɑːʃəl/ us

not complete:

There has been a partial restructuring of our HR department.

(Definition of “partial” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)