American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having reached full development; mature.
- adj. Having full status or rank: a full-fledged lawyer.
- adj. Having fully developed adult plumage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fully developed or matured; fully organized and ready for action or use: as, a full-fledged town.
- adj. of a bird Having all its feathers; able to fly.
- adj. idiomatic Having full qualification, credentials or preparation; entire; real.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. having reached full development with fully grown adult plumage; ready to fly; -- of a bird.
- adj. having gained full status; -- of persons in respect to human roles.
- adj. (of a bird) having reached full development with fully grown adult plumage; ready to fly
- adj. (of persons, e.g.) having gained full status
“He used to own what he called a full-fledged biker bar in Independence.”
“Now, over 45 years after the "War on Poverty" was initiated by a President raised in the political philosophy of the New Deal, we are faced with a "For the Few Deal" -- what I would call a full-fledged "War on the Poor.”
“Rather than being dismissed as unpatriotic, people without a religious faith are instead viewed as full-fledged members of the national community.”
“Opponents of abortion increasingly adopted an incremental approach by not focusing on achieving a full-fledged ban on all abortions.”
“By all accounts, McMullen and his crew became full-fledged Americans in Mexico, serving with discipline and loyalty and fighting so fiercely in the battle of Mexico City that they were cited for “the extremest of bravery.””
“From tights and flight to the full-fledged legendary hero, Smallville brought Superman alive — and it was worth every minute of the 10-year wait.”
“And we don't mean a John-Roberts-word-fumbling not swearing in, we mean a full-fledged non-codification of their membership in the 112th Congress.”
“Planning for the future, they created the volunteer force of techies-- a full-fledged unit that would "function under a unified military command" in wartime.”
“Police retaliated, and the situation quickly escalated into full-fledged rioting.”
“BATS became eligible to run a primary listings business in November 2008, when it converted its main stock-trading platform to a full-fledged exchange.”
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