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[en-tahyuh r-lee] /ɛnˈtaɪər li/
wholly or fully; completely or unreservedly:
I am not entirely satisfied with the architect's design.
solely or exclusively.
Origin of entirely
1300-50; Middle English; see entire, -ly
1. totally, thoroughly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To say the past completely defines the future is to eliminate the the evolution of entirely new forms.
  • The indifferent, rather cynical look which was on her face throughout the trial had entirely disappeared.
  • The first devices to be powered entirely by ambient energy are likely to be sensors, calculators and clocks.
  • The yellow-bellied marmot feeds entirely on green vegetation of many kinds.
  • Intriguingly, humpbacks in different populations sing entirely different songs from those elsewhere in the world.
  • Even with more digital tools, people haven't given up on paper entirely.
  • But one student, to all appearances, seemed entirely untouched by our discussions.
  • Murderers are murderers entirely by their own choosing.
  • The future of food was envisioned by many prognosticators as entirely meatless and often synthetic.
  • If the covering is a synthetic material, remove it entirely.
British Dictionary definitions for entirely


without reservation or exception; wholly; completely
solely or exclusively; only
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for entirely

mid-14c., from entire + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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