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[ pahrt-lee ]
/ ˈpɑrt li /
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Definition of partly

adverb
in part; to some extent or degree; not wholly; partially: His statement is partly true.
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Origin of partly

First recorded in 1515–25; part + -ly

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH partly

partially, partly
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British Dictionary definitions for partly

partly
/ (ˈpɑːtlɪ) /

adverb
to some extent; not completely

usage for partly

Partly and partially are to some extent interchangeable, but partly should be used when referring to a part or parts of something: the building is partly (not partially) of stone, while partially is preferred for the meaning to some extent: his mother is partially (not partly) sighted
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