full1 W1S1 [ful] adj
1¦(no space)¦
2¦(including everything)¦
3¦(highest amount/level)¦
4¦(having a lot of something)¦
9 be full of yourself
10 be full of crap/shit/it
15 full price
16 in full view of somebody
17 be in full swing
18 full speed/steam ahead
19 be full of beans
20 (at) full blast
21 (at) full tilt/pelt
22 be in full cry
23 to the full
24 come/go/turn full circle
[: Old English;]
1.) ¦(NO SPACE)¦
containing as much or as many things or people as possible, so there is no space left
The train was completely full.
Don't talk with your mouth full.
The class is full, but you can register for next term.
full of
The kitchen was full of smoke.
be crammed/stuffed/packed etc full of sth
Ted's workshop was crammed full of old engines.
half-full/three-quarters full etc
McQuaid filled his glass until it was three-quarters full.
The bath was full to the brim (=completely full) with hot water.
full (up) to bursting
(=completely full) BrE informal
The filing cabinet was full to bursting.
2.) ¦(INCLUDING EVERYTHING)¦ [only before noun]
complete and including all parts or details
Please write your full name and address on the form.
The Health Centre offers a full range of services.
Lotus will not reveal full details until the Motor Show.
The BBC promised a full investigation .
I don't think he's telling us the full story (=everything he knows about the matter) .
3.) ¦(HIGHEST AMOUNT/LEVEL)¦ [only before noun]
the highest level or greatest amount of something that is possible
= ↑maximum
rising prosperity and full employment
The charity helps disabled children reach their full potential .
Few customers take full advantage of off-peak fares.
Parker was driving at full speed when he hit the wall.
in full leaf/bloom
The roses were now in full bloom.
be full of sth
a) to contain many things of the same kind
a garden full of flowers
His essay was full of mistakes.
The music papers were full of gossip about the band.
Life's full of surprises, isn't it?
b) to feel, express, or show a lot of a particular emotion or quality
full of excitement/energy/hope etc
Lucy was a happy child, always full of life .
He was full of praise for the work of the unit.
c) to talk or think a lot about a particular thing
She was full of plans for the wedding.
5.) ¦(FOOD)¦ also full up BrE [not before noun]
having eaten so much food that you cannot eat any more
No more, thanks. I'm full.
6.) ¦(EMPHASIS)¦ [only before noun]
used to emphasize an amount, quantity, or rate
three/six etc full days/years/pages etc
We devote five full days a month to training.
His pants rose a full three inches off his shoes.
7.) ¦(BUSY)¦
busy and involving lots of different activities
Before her illness, Rose enjoyed a full life .
Go to bed. You've a full day tomorrow.
8.) ¦(RANK)¦
having or giving all the rights, duties etc that belong to a particular rank or position
full professor/member/colonel etc
Only full members have the right to vote.
a full driving licence
9.) be full of yourself
to have a high opinion of yourself - used to show disapproval
My first impression was that he was a bit full of himself.
10.) be full of crap/shit/it
not polite a rude expression used to say that someone often says things that are wrong or stupid
Don't listen to Jerry. He's full of it.
11.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
made using a lot of material and fitting loosely
a dress with a full skirt
12.) ¦(BODY)¦
large and rounded in an attractive way
full figure/face/breasts etc
clothes for the fuller figure
13.) ¦(TASTE)¦
having a strong satisfying taste
Now you can enjoy Nescafé's fuller flavour in a decaffeinated form.
14.) ¦(SOUND)¦
pleasantly loud and deep
the rich full sound of the cello
15.) full price
not a reduced price
If you're over 14, you have to pay full price.
16.) in full view of sb
so that all the people in a place can see, especially when this is embarrassing or shocking
The argument happened on stage in full view of the audience.
17.) be in full swing
if an event or process is in full swing, it has reached its highest level of activity
By 8.30, the party was in full swing.
18.) full speed/steam ahead
doing something with as much energy and effort as possible
With last season's misery behind them, it's full steam ahead for the Bears.
19.) be full of beans
to be excited and have lots of energy
20.) (at) full blast informal
as strongly, loudly, or quickly as possible
The heater was on full blast but I was still cold.
a car stereo playing Wagner at full blast
21.) (at) full tilt/pelt
moving as fast as possible
She ran full tilt into his arms.
22.) be in full cry
if a group of people are in full cry, they are criticizing someone very strongly
Anyone who's seen the world's press in full cry can understand how Diana felt.
23.) to the full
to the fullest AmE
in the best or most complete way
Ed believes in living life to the full .
24.) come/go/turn full circle
to be in the same situation in which you began, even though there have been changes during the time in between
Fashion has come full circle and denim is back.
→↑fully,have your hands full athand1 (29), draw yourself up to your full height at draw up(4)
full 2
full2 n
in full
including the whole of something
The debt must be paid in full .
His statement on the handling of prisoners is worth quoting in full.
full 3
full3 adv
full on/in
She looked him full in the face as she spoke.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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