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 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

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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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28 Feb 2021

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

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