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entirely adv
1 to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly'); "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea" [syn: wholly, completely, totally, all, altogether, whole] [ant: partially]
2 without any others being included or involved; "was entirely to blame"; "a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children"; "he works for Mr. Smith exclusively"; "did it solely for money"; "the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone"; "a privilege granted only to him" [syn: exclusively, solely, alone, only]

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  • (UK) /ɪnˈtaɪəli/
  • (US) /ɪnˈtaɪɹli/
  • Hyphenation: en·tire·ly



  1. to the full or entire extent
  2. to the exclusion of others


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absolutely, across the board, all, all out, all put together, alone, altogether, as a body, as a whole, at large, bodily, but, clearly, collectively, completely, comprehensively, corporately, definitely, en bloc, en masse, exclusively, exhaustively, faultlessly, flawlessly, fully, globally, hundred per cent, ideally, immaculately, impeccably, in a body, in all, in all respects, in bulk, in every respect, in full, in full measure, in its entirety, in the aggregate, in the gross, in the lump, in the mass, in toto, inclusively, infallibly, inside out, integrally, irreducibly, just right, largely, lock, merely, on all counts, one and all, only, outright, perfectly, plumb, positively, purely, quite, root and branch, roundly, simply, solely, spotlessly, thoroughly, to a T, to the hilt, totally, tout a fait, tout ensemble, unambiguously, unanalyzably, unconditionally, undividedly, unequivocally, unreservedly, utterly, wholly, without exception
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