partly

[ pahrt-lee ]
/ ˈpɑrt li /

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. partition line,
  2. partitive,
  3. partitively,
  4. partizan,
  5. partlet,
  6. partner,
  7. partners,
  8. partners' desk,
  9. partnership,
  10. partnerships for peace

Origin of partly

First recorded in 1515–25; part + -ly

Can be confusedpartially partly

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British Dictionary definitions for partly

partly

/ (ˈpɑːtlɪ) /

adverb

to some extent; not completely

usage

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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Word Origin and History for partly

partly

adv.

1520s, from part (n.) + -ly (2).

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