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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In another instance, Trump cuts off the path of the Queen entirely. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Trump Ends Tumultuous U.K. Visit With A Breach In Royal Protocol," 14 July 2018 Archaeologists continued the dig by hand, and were excited to discover that the mortar seal around the heavy lid was entirely intact. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 Some schools have tried to adapt by offering shorter, more flexible master’s programs, or dropping their flagship degrees entirely. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "Temple University Fires a Dean Over Falsified M.B.A. Rankings Data," 13 July 2018 Monarch populations across the eastern United States have declined more than 80% in the past 20 years and researchers worry they’re at risk for being lost entirely. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 Joan Sloan, Bride board chair, said the organization wanted time to see if any accommodation could be reached with those seeking to protect the building, at 230 Vine St., which is entirely sheathed in mosaics by artist Isaiah Zagar. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Painted Bride hearing for historical designation now on hold until fall," 13 July 2018 Flynt, now 75, doesn’t entirely dispute that interpretation. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 Which is why Wujcik is resistant to waving the white flag entirely on the summer season. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: As travel schedules continue to expand, high school baseball teams feeling the summer squeeze," 13 July 2018 KSA Parks officials say alligator sightings are not entirely uncommon for areas bordering Lake Houston waterways and have been reported many times over the years. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston gators, River Grove boat ramp: 3 highlights from the July KSA Parks meeting," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of entirely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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obstinately defiant of authority

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