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  1. 1
    containing the largest amount that will fit in a particular place

    The petrol tank is almost full.

    a full car park

    full of:

    bins full of rubbish

    full to overflowing/bursting (=completely full):

    Our small house was already full to overflowing.

    full to capacity (=with every seat taken):

    The stadium is expected to be full to capacity for the game.

    1. a.
      used for talking about how much of something there is in a container or place

      How full should I fill this pot?

      half/three-quarters etc full:

      This crisp packet is only half full.

  2. 2
    having or containing a lot of something
    full of:

    Her life always seemed full of excitement.

    Your trousers are full of holes!

  3. 3



    full up

    not wanting to eat any more because you have eaten a lot

    ‘Would you like some dessert?’ ‘No thanks, I’m full.’

    on a full stomach (=right after you have eaten a lot):

    You should never exercise on a full stomach.

  4. 4
    [only before noun] complete

    She is expected to make a full recovery.

    I spent three full days in Paris.

    to your full potential (=as well as you can):

    He is not yet playing to his full potential.

  5. 5
    used for emphasizing that something is as loud, powerful, fast etc as possible

    He turned the radio on full volume.

    Why is the heating on full blast on such a warm day?

  6. 6

    I’ve had a full day at the office.

    lead/have a full life (=with many different activities):

    She leads a very full life.

  7. 7
    if part of someone’s body is full, it is large, wide, or has a round shape, especially in a way that is attractive

    full lips

  8. 8
    a full piece of clothing is loose on your body because it contains a lot of cloth

    a full skirt

  9. 9
    a full flavour is strong in a pleasant way
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