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?
Recent Examples on the Web Rather than address why Unity’s psychiatric emergency room suffers from not enough patients, Unity officials in public statements have focused on an entirely separate part of the center’s operations. oregonlive, "Portland psychiatric hospital’s own faulty forecasts help explain financial crisis," 15 Feb. 2020 Fitzgerald said the club is being careful not to weigh the data generated from bullpen sessions too heavily; practices and games are entirely different settings. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Analytics emphasis on display as Arizona Diamondbacks open camp," 13 Feb. 2020 Alligators present an entirely different set of problems and cannot be easily trained to avoid. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, "10 Gun Dog Disasters to Avoid," 11 Feb. 2020 Full circle for contrarians Contrarians, who bet against the mainstream, therefore need to view the SKEW in an entirely different way. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "Why a Rising ‘Black Swan’ Index Could Be a Sign of Bullishness," 10 Feb. 2020 Since the outbreak is centered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, others have been using Wuhan virus or Wuhan coronavirus or even Wuhan flu—even though flu is an entirely different virus. Mike Stobbe, Fortune, "Wuhan coronavirus? 2019 nCoV? Naming a new disease," 8 Feb. 2020 But all too often, a regulation intended to target one issue or activity will have an entirely different effect on another. Patrick Pizzella, National Review, "The Deregulatory Achievements of the Trump Labor Department," 6 Feb. 2020 Yet after the app malfunction, Acronym sought to distance itself from Shadow, saying the teams for the two organizations were entirely separate. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Trump's made-for-meme State of the Union shows strategy to win the Internet in 2020," 5 Feb. 2020 For entirely different reasons, Michigan’s shortage threatens to spread, according to national experts. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Shortage of city-manager candidates has Detroit suburb delaying search," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Entirely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entirely. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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