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.

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Maybe for the first time ever — which is totally fine. Courtney Shea,, "How To Become A Raptors Superfan (In 5 Minutes Or Less)," 5 June 2019 Not all of those generalizations were totally fair, of course, and most of the people who complained about those problems would never have been watching the NBA regardless. Andrew Sharp,, "The Finals Are a Preview of a Better NBA Future," 5 June 2019 The article also highlights one couple who had a totally different approach to a Game of Thrones–inspired baby name. Glamour, "Game of Thrones–Inspired Baby Names Are on the Rise," 30 Apr. 2019 But in the next shot, Dany's hair is totally different. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did You Catch This Major Hair Mistake in the Game of Thrones Premiere?," 17 Apr. 2019 Lots of the shifting alliances have moved in totally different directions in the series, and Martin may have different thoughts about who should match up with whom. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "So How Will the 'Game of Thrones' Book Series End, Anyway?," 4 Apr. 2019 At least 11,000 houses have been totally destroyed. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It will get worse’: Perilous times for kids hit by cyclone," 26 Mar. 2019 Remember this day when the Guardian permitted a serial fabricator to totally destroy the paper's reputation. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New developments about Mueller, Manafort, and Corsi.," 27 Nov. 2018 Remember this day when the Guardian permitted a serial fabricator to totally destroy the paper's reputation. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "WikiLeaks calls for Guardian editor’s decapitation if Manafort story proves false," 27 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of totally

: completely or entirely

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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