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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It’s rare today to find a guitar with totally unique functionality and design, especially one that isn’t a cheesy novelty. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Candle brand Homesick totally understands this, and that's why their state candles are so brilliant. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Homesick Candles Smell Just Like Your Favorite Childhood Memories," 21 Aug. 2018 Today is one of those days, as the Duchess just made her latest royal appearance wearing a totally unexpected look. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Floral Brock Collection Dress is Such a Different Look for the Duchess," 18 Dec. 2018 Andy, as a former climber and avid skier, is totally fine with this concept, of course. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "'I Took a Surprise Vacation and Finally Gave Up Some Control'," 8 Nov. 2018 This March, Wu rocked a totally unexpected shade of sunset pink before transitioning back to a warm, rosy auburn to promote Crazy Rich Asians this summer. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 His original account was totally lost as a result, the teen alleged. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Fortnite’s paid outfits, dances have made it a target for lucrative account theft," 20 Dec. 2018 All of those ideas seem totally, completely normal compared to this new project from Panasonic. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Panasonic designed human blinders to block out open-plan office distraction," 18 Oct. 2018 Unequivocally and totally, women let Ford know that she is believed. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Women React to Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony on Alleged Assault By Brett Kavanaugh," 27 Sep. 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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