Idioms

    in full,
    1. to or for the full or required amount.
    2. without abridgment: The book was reprinted in full.
    to the full, to the greatest extent; thoroughly: They enjoyed themselves to the full.

Origin of full

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English full, ful; cognate with Gothic fulls, Old Norse fullr, Old High German foll (German voll); akin to Latin plēnus, Greek plḗrēs

Related forms

full·ness, noun

Can be confused

full fullness fulsome (see usage note at fulsome)
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British Dictionary definitions for to the full (1 of 2)

Derived Forms

fullness or esp US fulness, noun

Word Origin for full

Old English; related to Old Norse fullr, Old High German foll, Latin plēnus, Greek plērēs; see fill

British Dictionary definitions for to the full (2 of 2)

full

2
/ (fʊl) /

verb

(of cloth, yarn, etc) to become or to make (cloth, yarn, etc) heavier and more compact during manufacture through shrinking and beating or pressing

Word Origin for full

C14: from Old French fouler, ultimately from Latin fullō a fuller 1
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Idioms and Phrases with to the full (1 of 2)

to the full


Also, to the fullest. To the maximum extent, completely, as in He had always lived life to the full. [Late 1300s]

Idioms and Phrases with to the full (2 of 2)

full


In addition to the idioms beginning with full

  • full blast
  • full circle, come
  • full of beans
  • full of crap
  • full of hot air
  • full of it
  • full of oneself
  • full speed ahead
  • full swing
  • full tilt, at
  • full well

also see:

  • glass is half full
  • have one's hands full
  • in full swing
  • to the full

Also see underfill.

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