[ pahrt-lee ]
/ ˈpɑrt li /


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

Origin of partly

First recorded in 1515–25; part + -ly

Can be confused

partially partly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for partly


/ (ˈpɑːtlɪ) /


to some extent; not completely


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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