fuller, fullest
1) ADJ-GRADED If something is full, it contains as much of a substance or as many objects as it can.

Once the container is full, it stays shut until you turn it clockwise.

...a full tank of petrol.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ of n If a place or thing is full of things or people, it contains a large number of them.

The case was full of clothes...

The streets are still full of debris from two nights of rioting.

...a useful recipe leaflet full of ideas for using the new cream.

3) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ of n If someone or something is full of a particular feeling or quality, they have a lot of it.

I feel full of confidence and so open to possibilities...

Mom's face was full of pain.

...an exquisite mousse, incredibly rich and full of flavour.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ You say that a place or vehicle is full when there is no space left in it for any more people or things.

The main car park was full when I left about 10.45...

They stay here a few hours before being sent to refugee camps, which are now almost full...

The bus was completely full, and lots of people were standing.

5) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ If your hands or arms are full, you are carrying or holding as much as you can carry.

Sylvia entered, her arms full of packages...

People would go into the store and come out with their arms full.

6) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ If you feel full, you have eaten or drunk so much that you do not want anything else.

It's healthy to eat when I'm hungry and to stop when I'm full.

Derived words:
fullness N-UNCOUNT

High fibre diets give the feeling of fullness.

7) ADJ: ADJ n You use full before a noun to indicate that you are referring to all the details, things, or people that it can possibly include.

Full details will be sent to you once your application has been accepted...

May I have your full name?...

Is full employment any longer achievable?

8) ADJ: ADJ n Full is used to describe a sound, light, or physical force which is being produced with the greatest possible power or intensity.

From his study came the sound of Mahler, playing at full volume...

Officials say the operation will be carried out in full daylight...

Then abruptly he revved the engine to full power.

ADV: ADV adv
Full is also an adverb.

...a two-seater Lotus, parked with its headlamps full on.

9) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You use full to emphasize the completeness, intensity, or extent of something.

We should conserve oil and gas by making full use of other energy sources...

Television cameras are carrying the full horror of this war into homes around the world...

The lane leading to the farm was in full view of the house windows...

By the time the tests took place, the athletes had had a full 17 hours notice.

10) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A full statement or report contains a lot of information and detail.

Mr Primakov gave a full account of his meeting with the President.

...the enormous detail in this very full document.

11) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (approval) If you say that someone has or leads a full life, you approve of the fact that they are always busy and do a lot of different things.

You will be successful in whatever you do and you will have a very full and interesting life.

12) ADV: ADV prep (emphasis) You use full to emphasize the force or directness with which someone or something is hit or looked at.

The burning liquid hit him full in the right eye...

She kissed him full on the mouth...

She looked him full in the face as she spoke.

13) ADJ: ADJ n You use full to refer to something which gives you all the rights, status, or importance for a particular position or activity, rather than just some of them.

How did the meeting go, did you get your full membership?...

She sent her provisional licence with the test certificate to have it upgraded to a full licence.

14) ADJ: ADJ n A full flavour is strong and rich.

Italian plum tomatoes have a full flavour, and are best for cooking.

15) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a part of someone's body as full, you mean that it is rounded and rather large.

The Juno Collection specialises in large sizes for ladies with a fuller figure.

...his strong chin, his full lips, his appealing mustache.

16) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A full skirt or sleeve is wide and has been made from a lot of fabric.

My wedding dress has a very full skirt so I need to wear a good quality net petticoat.

Derived words:
fullness N-UNCOUNT

The coat has raglan sleeves, and is cut to give fullness at the back.

17) ADJ: usu ADJ n When there is a full moon, the moon appears as a bright, complete circle.
18) PHRASE: PHR after v You say that something has been done or described in full when everything that was necessary has been done or described.

The medical experts have yet to report in full...

We guarantee to reply in full within 10 working days.

19) PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If you say that a person knows full well that something is true, especially something unpleasant, you are emphasizing that they are definitely aware of it, although they may behave as if they are not.

He knew full well he'd be ashamed of himself later.

20) PHRASE: PHR after v Something that is done or experienced to the full is done to as great an extent as is possible.

She probably has a good mind, which should be used to the full...

There's only one thing we should do with love; experience it to the full for as long as it lasts.

21) PHRASE: V inflects (disapproval) If you say to someone `you're full of yourself', you disapprove of them because they appear very pleased with themselves, thinking that they are very clever, special, or important.

He's full of himself, sharp and aggressive and sometimes he comes over badly.

22) to be full of beanssee bean
full blastsee blast
to come full circlesee circle
to have your hands fullsee hand
in full swingsee swing

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