entirely

adverb
en·​tire·​ly | \ in-ˈtī(-ə)r-lē How to pronounce entirely (audio) , ˈen-ˌtī(-ə)r- \

Definition of entirely

1 : to the full or entire extent : completely I agree entirely you are entirely welcome
2 : to the exclusion of others : solely entirely by my own efforts

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of entirely in a Sentence

are you entirely aware of what you're doing with that thing?
Recent Examples on the Web Although the audiences were initially almost entirely white, Alexander says that the number of black theatergoers began to increase steadily as the play received more acclaim, hitting the 50/50 mark by the end of the first year. Will Davis, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Legacy of ‘The Great White Hope’," 25 Feb. 2021 Liberals also say Texas could have better weathered the Arctic blast if its grid didn’t rely almost entirely on in-state power. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "More Green Blackouts Ahead," 23 Feb. 2021 And the Russian seafood comes into the U.S. almost entirely duty free. Anchorage Daily News, "As most Alaska salmon fishing regions face another season of mediocre runs, Russia hikes competitive pressure," 23 Feb. 2021 One of the most exciting and joyful Golden Globe wins in recent memory was when Hawkins — almost entirely unknown in the States in 2008 — won Best Actress in a Comedy for the Mike Leigh film about a preternaturally positive woman. Joe Reid, Vulture, "The Golden Globe–Nominated Movie Performances That Oscar Ignored, Ranked," 22 Feb. 2021 As detailed in a new case report published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Kaski eventually diagnosed Porter with a condition almost entirely confined to history: miners’ nystagmus. Rebecca Sohn, STAT, "With chronic migraines, she avoided light for 18 months — and developed a condition from centuries past," 22 Feb. 2021 As the court found in the Furman case, the designation of the quick and the dead seemed almost entirely arbitrary. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | ELIZABETH BRUENIG: End federal death penalty," 22 Feb. 2021 The electrical grid in Texas is unique in that it is almost entirely disconnected from the rest of the country. Washington Post, "Texas energy board members resign over state’s bungled snowstorm response," 21 Feb. 2021 Carter’s proposal would have abolished police trial boards — panels of fellow officers that decide whether a cop committed wrongdoing — and placed authority to resolve complaints almost entirely in the hands of police chiefs and sheriffs. Bryn Stole, baltimoresun.com, "After contentious debate, Senate panel amends then advances measure to replace Maryland’s police ‘Bill of Rights’," 20 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'entirely.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of entirely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about entirely

Time Traveler for entirely

Time Traveler

The first known use of entirely was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for entirely

Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Entirely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entirely. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on entirely

What made you want to look up entirely? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!