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wholly

Definition:

to a complete degree, or to the full or entire extent

Class:

adverb (modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb)

Derived from:

whole

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

he was wholly convinced

Synonyms:

absolutely | all the way | altogether | clear | completely | entirely | fully | really | right | simply | stark | totally | tout a fait | tout à fait [French] | all [informal] | whole [informal] | whole hog [informal]

Etymology:

Middle English: probably already in Old English (see "whole", "-ly2")
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

tout à fait [French] | completely [synonym] | absolutely [synonym]

completely; absolutely (2 of 187 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tout-à-fait

Random House Dictionary:

entirely | tout à fait [French]

wholly or fully; completely or unreservedly. | solely or exclusively. (9 of 25 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/entirely

Merriam-Webster:

tout à fait [foreign term]

altogether; quite (2 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tout a fait

New World Dictionary:

tout à fait

entirely; quite (2 of 13 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tout-a-fait

Wiktionary:

tout à fait [French]

entirely, exactly, quite. (3 of 8 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tout à fait

Wikipedia:

Totally | Totally Plc

a publication company that has an international portfolio of publications and online services that target the world's Jewish communities. It's listed on London's Alternative Investment Market, has offices in London, Boston and Tel Aviv. Totally owns... (36 of 195 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Totally

Oxford Dictionary:

totally | totes [informal] | completely [synonym, sense-specific] | absolutely [synonym, sense-specific]

completely; absolutely | [informal] : used to emphasize a clause or statement | [exclamation, informal] : used to express agreement (18 of 95 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/totally

Macmillan British Dictionary:

totally

completely | [spoken] used for saying that you really agree with something that someone said (14 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/totally

Cambridge Dictionary:

completely | a/one hundred per cent | hundred per cent | clean | comprehensively | diametrically | entirely | fully | good and proper [informal] | ...

in every way or as much as possible (8 of 25 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/completely

American Heritage Dictionary:

totally

Entirely; wholly; completely. (3 of 6 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/totally

Britannica Encyclopedia:

right [political philosophy]

portion of the political spectrum associated with conservative political thought. The term derives from the seating arrangement of the French ... (20 of 68 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1384947​/right

Columbia Encyclopedia:

right

in politics, the more conservative groups in the political spectrum, in contrast to the radical left and the liberal center. The designation stems ... (23 of 59 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0841902​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

tout à fait

in a complete or thorough manner (6 of 22 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561508876​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

wholly

Origin: Middle English: probably already in Old English (see "whole", "-ly2")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/wholly

whole | wide | the whole

Origin: Old English hāl, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heel and German heil, also to "hail2". The spelling with ... (19 of 32 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whole

Wiktionary:

wholly

Origin: the Middle English word holliche. See also whole and -ly.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/wholly

whole | wholes [plural]

Origin: Middle English hool ("healthy, unhurt, whole"), from Old English hāl ("healthy, safe"), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz ("whole, safe, sound") (compare West Frisian hiel, Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, ... (27 of 71 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whole

Merriam-Webster:

wholly

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English hoolly, from hool whole

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/wholly

whole [entry 1, adjective]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English hool healthy, unhurt, entire, from Old English hāl; akin to Old High German heil healthy, unhurt, Old Norse ... (23 of 28 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whole

New World Dictionary:

wholly

Origin: Middle English holi: see "whole" and "-y"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wholly

whole

Origin: Middle English (Midland) hool, for hol, hal from Old English hal, healthy, whole, hale: akin to German heil, Old ... (19 of 32 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whole

Online Etymology:

whole

First use: late 14th century

Origin: [adjective] Old English hal "entire, unhurt, healthy", from ... | [noun] "entire body or company; the full amount", from "whole" (adjective). (23 of 81 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=whole

Collins Dictionary:

whole

Origin: Old English hāl, hǣl; related to Old Frisian hāl, hēl, Old High German heil, Gothic hails; compare hale1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whole

American Heritage Dictionary:

whole

Origin: Middle English hole, unharmed, from Old English hāl; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whole

Encarta Dictionary:

whole | wholes [plural]

Origin: Old English hāl from Indo-European, "sound, propitious"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713018​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

wholly

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whole | wholes [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

wholly

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whole

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

wholly [formal]

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whole

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whole [countable, usually singular, noun] | wholes [plural]

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whole [adverb]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

wholly [formal]

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whole

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whole [countable, usually singular, noun] | wholes [plural]

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whole [adverb]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

wholly

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dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/wholly

whole [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

wholly

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whole

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Google Dictionary:

wholly

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whole | wholes [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

wholly

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whole

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YourDictionary Audio:

wholly

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whole

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freedictionary.org:

Whole

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