en·tire·ly | \ in-ˈtī(-ə)r-lē , 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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are you entirely aware of what you're doing with that thing?

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Experts said it’s entirely possible that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. Katie Reilly, Time, "Here's What Could Happen to Roe v. Wade and Abortion Rights After Justice Kennedy's Retirement," 28 June 2018 Aerojet Rocketdyne says its next-gen RL10 engine thrust chamber was built almost entirely using 3-D printing. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Mysterious Washington “launch,” Aerojet tests, BFR job posting," 15 June 2018 And, with social media and the 24/7 news cycle, the monarchy is exposed to an entirely new level of intrusiveness—like Kate and William's wastershed lawsuit over paparazzi photos taken in France. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Photographic Ode to Kate Middleton’s Absolute Jubilation at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 But both nations are racing to develop an entirely new kind of weapon. David Martin, CBS News, "Inside the global race to develop hypersonic weapons," 13 July 2018 At a time when people are thinking about care delivery in entirely new ways, an insider’s understanding of what high-quality care really means provides a humane, non-replicable, competitive leadership advantage. Alexi Nazem, STAT, "Health care needs more physician CEOs like Atul Gawande," 13 July 2018 But while the madman theory isn't entirely new, it's generally reserved for one's enemies. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump goes ‘madman’ on our allies, with swipe at Germany," 11 July 2018 Other states, however, might need to pass entirely new legislation. The Economist, "Amazon wins from a Supreme Court ruling," 10 July 2018 Its 2012 launch coincided with the rollout of Windows 8, which had an entirely new UI from the previous version of Windows. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of entirely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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