to·​tal·​ly | \ ˈtō-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce totally (audio) \

Definition of totally

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

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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First Known Use of totally

1509, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of totally was in 1509

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17 Aug 2022

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“Totally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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