Meaning of FULL in English

I. ˈfu̇l also ˈfəl adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fol full, Latin plenus full, plēre to fill, Greek plērēs full, plēthein to be full

Date: before 12th century

1. : containing as much or as many as is possible or normal

a bin full of corn


a. : complete especially in detail, number, or duration

a full report

gone a full hour

my full share

b. : lacking restraint, check, or qualification

full retreat

full support

c. : having all distinguishing characteristics : enjoying all authorized rights and privileges

full member

full professor

d. : not lacking in any essential : perfect

in full control of your senses


(1) : completely occupied by runners

came to bat with the bases full

(2) : having three balls and two strikes

a full count


a. : being at the highest or greatest degree : maximum

full speed

full strength

b. : being at the height of development

full bloom

c. : being a full moon : completely illuminated

the moon is full tonight

4. : rounded in outline

a full figure


a. : possessing or containing a great number or amount — used with of

a room full of pictures

full of hope

b. : having an abundance of material especially in the form of gathered, pleated, or flared parts

a full skirt

c. : rich in experience

a full life


a. : satisfied especially with food or drink

b. : large enough to satisfy

a full meal

7. archaic : completely weary

8. : having both parents in common

full sisters

9. : having volume or depth of sound

full tones

10. : completely occupied especially with a thought or plan

full of his own concerns

11. : possessing a rich or pronounced quality

a food of full flavor

- full of it


full , complete , plenary , replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it

a full schedule

complete applies when all that is needed is present

a complete picture of the situation

plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification

given plenary power

replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety

replete with delightful details

II. adverb

Date: before 12th century


a. : very , extremely

knew full well they had lied to me

b. : entirely

swung full around — Morley Callaghan

2. : straight , squarely

got hit full in the face

3. — used as an intensive

wound up winning by a full four strokes — William Johnson

III. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : the highest or fullest state or degree

the full of the moon

2. : the utmost extent

enjoy to the full

- in full

IV. verb

Date: 1794

intransitive verb

of the moon : to become full

transitive verb

: to make full in sewing

V. transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French fuller, fouler to full, trample underfoot, from Medieval Latin fullare, from Latin fullo fuller

Date: 14th century

: to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by moistening, heating, and pressing

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.