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

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

But despite its history and legend, the 747 has been almost entirely phased out from the current lineups of major airlines, replaced by a demand for smaller, fuel-efficient aircraft like Boeing's Dreamliner and 737 MAX. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "50 Years On, Boeing's 747 Is Fighting for Survival," 11 Feb. 2019 Ubisoft doesn’t seem entirely willing to make the break yet. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "An Epic defection? The Division 2 won't release on Steam," 9 Jan. 2019 There isn’t a firm date for this just yet (Amazon lists September 5th, but that’s not entirely reliable), but N.K. Jemisin’s next novel is set for this fall. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Gritty has sort of transcended the Flyers to become something else entirely. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 Since its arrival in 2003, chef René Redzepi's Noma has been recognized as the restaurant that entirely reinvented Nordic cuisine. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 Although simplicity and precision were the two driving factors in his decision to pursue a career in fashion, his aesthetic would eventually become entirely different. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A$AP Rocky and Kylie Jenner Are Big Fans of Brooklynite Adam Neven’s Handcrafted Designs," 7 Jan. 2019 But anyone who uses this conventional phrase misses the point entirely. Paola Singer, ELLE Decor, "In an Expat Enclave of Rural Uruguay, a Couple Finds Tranquility at Home," 1 Dec. 2018 Another tactic is to avoid fraught situations entirely—at least in person. Alessandra Stanley, Town & Country, "New Solutions for Managing the Most Troublesome In-Laws," 19 Oct. 2018

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

Statistics for entirely

Last Updated

18 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for entirely

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on entirely

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for entirely

Spanish Central: Translation of entirely

Nglish: Translation of entirely for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of entirely for Arabic Speakers

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).


to express emotion in a dramatic way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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