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containing as much or as many things or people as possible, so there is no space left [↪ empty]:
The train was completely full.
Don't talk with your mouth full.
The class is full, but you can register for next term.
The kitchen was full of smoke.
be crammed/stuffed/packed etc full of something
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) British English informal:
The filing cabinet was full to bursting.
complete and including all parts or details:
including everything[only before noun]
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).
the highest level or greatest amount of something that is possible [= maximum]:
highest amount/level[only before noun]
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.
having a lot of something
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?
to feel, express, or show a lot of a particular emotion or quality
to talk or think a lot about a particular thing:
She was full of plans for the wedding.
having eaten so much food that you cannot eat any more:
foodalso full up British English [not before noun]
No more, thanks. I'm full.
used to emphasize an amount, quantity, or rate
emphasis[only before noun]
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.
busy and involving lots of different activities:
Before her illness, Rose enjoyed a full life.
Go to bed. You've a full day tomorrow.
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
to have a high opinion of yourself - used to show disapproval:
My first impression was that he was a bit full of himself.
10 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.
made using a lot of material and fitting loosely:
a dress with a full skirt
large and rounded in an attractive way
having a strong satisfying taste: ➔ full-bodied
Now you can enjoy Nescafé's fuller flavour in a decaffeinated form.
pleasantly loud and deep:
the rich full sound of the cello
not a reduced price:
If you're over 14, you have to pay full price.
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.
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.
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.
to be excited and have lots of energy
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
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 fullest American English
in the best or most complete way:
Ed believes in living life to the full.
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.