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 Now, if American workers want to join organizations that exist to undercut initiative and achievement and slide them into safe, pre-determined slots regardless of ability or work ethic, like automatons, that’s entirely up to them. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Unions’ Dirty Secret: They Can’t Survive without Coercion," 14 Apr. 2021 Deciding which to use for iced tea is entirely up to you. Kellie Speed, chicagotribune.com, "How to make iced tea," 11 Apr. 2021 Now, in a new research paper, a team of astronomers has announced the discovery of 44 entirely new galaxies, each containing an untold number of stars, planets, moons, and you. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Scientists just spotted nearly 50 totally new galaxies," 8 Apr. 2021 An $80,000 family move is high but not entirely without precedent, said Rick Childers, an executive at Alison’s Relocations, an Anchorage business that helps move families and military transplants. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. Senate candidate’s $81,000 state-paid moving bill won’t have to be paid back," 7 Apr. 2021 It’s not entirely an outsider’s perspective, either: YouTubers like Jake Paul, Patrickstarrr, and Juanpa Zurita all appear as themselves in the trailer. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Andrew Garfield Is a One-man Vlog Squad in Gia Coppola’s Mainstream Trailer," 6 Apr. 2021 This is in contrast to Udemy, which leaves the course structure entirely up to the instructors. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "We tried the top online learning platforms — here’s how they compare," 1 Apr. 2021 While Sagamore Spirit uses a variety of different cask types to finish their special edition releases, Coalition is entirely focused on using wine barrels from Bordeaux. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, "The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now," 23 Mar. 2021 Some research suggests the vaccines — already shown to dramatically reduce illness, hospitalization, and death — can also significantly reduce transmission, but maybe not entirely. BostonGlobe.com, "Experts say ‘herd immunity’ could conquer COVID-19. But is it even possible?," 1 Apr. 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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17 Apr 2021

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“Entirely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entirely. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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