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

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Examples of entirely in a Sentence

are you entirely aware of what you're doing with that thing?

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Currently, executives at Japan’s largest car maker are paid almost entirely in cash. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Toyota Rolls Out Bigger Compensation Plan for Top Executives," 8 May 2019 The room is a complete fantasy entirely mirrored with gilded boiserie. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Behold the Campiest Rooms of All Time," 7 May 2019 While medication is often necessary, Dr. Hirsch says that aggressive lifestyle changes may also help get blood sugar under control enough that some patients are able to reduce or get off of medication entirely. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "What's the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?," 10 Sep. 2018 But right now, Opera 60’s VPN offers that service, entirely for free. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Opera 60 debuts with a free, faster VPN, and Netflix hasn't blocked it yet," 10 Apr. 2019 But the Russian engineers have another idea entirely. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 Plus, many of these studies have historically focused mostly or entirely on the experience of men. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Does Cannabis Actually Affect Sex?," 25 Mar. 2019 This year’s harvest was almost entirely destroyed, and there’s potential for a famine if aid doesn’t make up the difference. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 For the first time, Wearstler has partnered with Danish heritage brand Georg Jensen on a sculptural six-piece collection made almost entirely out of stainless steel. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Kelly Wearstler Partners with Georg Jensen on a Sculptural New Collection," 28 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of entirely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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