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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some employees have moved to totally different corners of the country, while others — the vast majority — have simply moved elsewhere in the state or to suburbs a few hours away. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 2 June 2021 As the discussion progresses, understanding will deepen, but one side might start from a totally different perspective and need more time to explore and understand the issues. Kwame Christian, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The speed of everything was just a totally different level. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2021 When checking into a flexible workspace in the morning, employees might not realize that the space wasn’t just filled by different workers the day before, but by people from a totally different company. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 29 May 2021 Software developers at Ethereum have been working for years to transition the blockchain to what’s known as a proof-of-stake system—which uses a totally different approach to secure the network that also eliminates the carbon emissions issue. Matthew Leising, Fortune, 24 May 2021 Also, the vibe and the energy of a Black club is totally different. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 21 May 2021 Enjoy the low-key, slow-pace vibe that's totally different from anywhere else in the state, and don't leave without sampling fresh local seafood at one of the many on-the-water restaurants. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 20 May 2021 Spiegel is correct about one thing: Snap, née Snapchat, has led people to use apps in totally different ways. Lauren Goode, Wired, 20 May 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Totally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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: completely or entirely


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