en·​tire·​ly in-ˈtī(-ə)r-lē How to pronounce entirely (audio)
: to the full or entire extent : completely
I agree entirely
you are entirely welcome
: to the exclusion of others : solely
entirely by my own efforts

Examples of entirely in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Entirely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entirely. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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