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[hohl-hahr-tid] /ˈhoʊlˈhɑr tɪd/
fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc.; hearty; earnest:
a wholehearted attempt to comply.
1830-40, Americanism; whole + hearted
Related forms
wholeheartedly, adverb
wholeheartedness, noun Unabridged
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  • We wish to thank the workshop delegates for wholehearted participation and responsiveness to coordination requests.
  • The decorum of the occasion demanded that she restrict herself to wholehearted celebration.
  • And somehow, somewhere, those pigs have been put to flight by our wholehearted action.
  • All this not only takes time, but requires wholehearted effort.
  • We thank the workshop delegates for their wholehearted participation and responsiveness to coordination requests.
  • The offensive against corruption can only be fully effective if it has the wholehearted support of the public.
  • Those principles included a wholehearted embrace of capitalism and a rule of law.
British Dictionary definitions for wholehearted


done, acted, given, etc, with total sincerity, enthusiasm, or commitment
Derived Forms
wholeheartedly, adverb
wholeheartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wholehearted

also whole-hearted, 1840, from whole + hearted. Related: Wholeheartedly.

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