to·​tal·​ly | \ˈtō-tᵊl-ē \

Definition of totally 

: in a total manner : to a total or complete degree : wholly, entirely

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Examples of totally in a Sentence

That's a totally different issue. I am totally upset you can't make it to the celebration.

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And yet the White House still doesn't seem willing to totally concede the point. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory," 13 July 2018 And focusing on older, less-spry founders might cause a venture capitalist to lose touch with today’s consumers, customers and products, and totally whiff on a wave of innovation. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Khosla Ventures’ newest partner worries for too-young CEOs when they have too-appeasing venture capitalists," 17 June 2018 Scientists studying bones unearthed from an ancient tomb in China’s Shaanxi Province have discovered the remains of a new but totally extinct species of ape. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mysterious remains of extinct ape discovered in ancient Chinese tomb," 22 June 2018 Most kids eventually stop having seizures and live totally normal lives. Doug Hirsch, STAT, "A bygone pre-existing condition shouldn’t keep my son from getting health insurance," 25 June 2018 All proceeds benefit promoting a reasonable tolerance for other people's totally normal eating habits. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoland / Food & Drink / Food Chain Troll the Chicago hot dog fascists with this T-shirt," 25 June 2018 Cool Blues This interior decorator in the making totally cooled down her yellow dorm room with some fairy lights, on-point throw pillows, and a tie-dye wall hanging. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Insanely Cute Dorm Room Transformations That Will Totally Blow Your Mind," 7 June 2018 Then, of course, there’s the chili, which is a totally normal thing to pile on spaghetti (or a bowl of rice) in Hawaii. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appetit, "In Hawaii, Nothing Says You’re Home Like Mac Salad," 6 June 2018 People who got given one surreal, yet totally tangible shock., "How Jeff Shi and Fosun International Transformed Wolverhampton Wanderers Into a Premier League Side," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of totally

1509, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of totally

: completely or entirely

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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