full ( fuller comparative) ( fullest superlative )
1 adj If something is full, it contains as much of a substance or as many objects as it can., (Antonym: empty)
Once the container is full, it stays shut until you turn it clockwise., ...a full tank of petrol.
2 adj If a place or thing is full of things or people, it contains a large number of them.
v-link ADJ of n
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 If someone or something is full of a particular feeling or quality, they have a lot of it.
v-link ADJ of n
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 You say that a place or vehicle is full when there is no space left in it for any more people or things.
usu v-link ADJ
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 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 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.
High fibre diets give the feeling of fullness.
7 adj 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?...
8 adj 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..., Then abruptly he revved the engine to full power.
Full is also an adverb., adv ADV adv
...a two-seater Lotus, parked with its headlamps full on.
9 adj You use full to emphasize the completeness, intensity, or extent of something.
ADJ n (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...
10 adj A full statement or report contains a lot of information and detail.
usu ADJ n
Mr Primakov gave a full account of his meeting with the President., ...the enormous detail in this very full document.
11 adj 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.
usu ADJ n (approval)
You will be successful in whatever you do and you will have a very full and interesting life.
12 adv You use full to emphasize the force or directness with which someone or something is hit or looked at.
ADV prep (emphasis)
She kissed him full on the mouth...
13 adj 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?...
14 adj A full flavour is strong and rich.
Italian plum tomatoes have a full flavour, and are best for cooking.
15 adj If you describe a part of someone's body as full, you mean that it is rounded and rather large.
usu ADJ n
The Juno Collection specialises in large sizes for ladies with a fuller figure., ...his strong chin, his full lips, his appealing mustache.
16 adj A full skirt or sleeve is wide and has been made from a lot of fabric.
usu ADJ n
My wedding dress has a very full skirt.
The coat has raglan sleeves, and is cut to give fullness at the back.
17 adj When there is a full moon, the moon appears as a bright, complete circle.
usu ADJ n
18 You say that something has been done or described in full when everything that was necessary has been done or described.
in full phrase PHR after v
The medical experts have yet to report in full...
19 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.
know full well phrase V inflects (emphasis)
He knew full well he'd be ashamed of himself later.
20 Something that is done or experienced to the full is done to as great an extent as is possible.
to the full phrase PHR after v
She probably has a good mind, which should be used to the full...
to be full of beans →
full blast →
to come full circle →
to have your hands full →
in full swing →
2 If you say that something will happen in the fullness of time, you mean that it will eventually happen after a long time or after a long series of events.
in the fullness of time phrase PHR with cl, PHR after v
...a mystery that will be revealed in the fullness of time.