1. graded adjective & adjective
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. graded adjective & adjective
If a place or thing is full of things or people, it contains a large number of them. [+ of] ⇒ The case was full of clothes. [+ of] ⇒ The streets are still full of debris from two nights of rioting. [+ of] ⇒ ...a useful recipe leaflet full of ideas for using the new cream.
3. graded adjective & adjective If someone or something is full of a particular feeling or quality, they have a lot of it. [+ of] ⇒ I feel full of confidence and so open to possibilities. [+ of] ⇒ Mom's face was full of pain. [+ of] ⇒ ...an exquisite mousse, incredibly rich and full of flavour. 4. graded adjective & adjective [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. graded adjective & adjective [v-link ADJ] If your hands or arms are full, you are carrying or holding as much as you can carry. [+ of] ⇒ Sylvia entered, her arms full of packages. ⇒ People would go into the store and come out with their arms full. 6. graded adjective & adjective [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. fullness
uncountable noun ⇒ High fibre diets give the feeling of fullness. 7. adjective [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. adjective [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. Full is also an adverb. ⇒ ...a two-seater Lotus, parked with its headlamps full on. 9. adjective [ADJ n] You use full to emphasize the completeness, intensity, or extent of something. [emphasis] ⇒ 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. graded adjective & adjective [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. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] 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. [approval] ⇒ You will be successful in whatever you do and you will have a very full and interesting life. 12. adverb You use full to emphasize the force or directness with which someone or something is hit or looked at. [emphasis] ⇒ 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. adjective [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. adjective [ADJ n] A full flavour is strong and rich. ⇒ Italian plum tomatoes have a full flavour, and are best for cooking. 15. graded adjective & adjective [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. graded adjective & adjective [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. fullness
uncountable noun ⇒ The coat has raglan sleeves, and is cut to give fullness at the back. 17. adjective [usu ADJ n]
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