whole·​heart·​ed | \ ˈhōl-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce wholehearted (audio) \

Definition of wholehearted

1 : completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic a wholehearted student of social problems
2 : marked by complete earnest commitment : free from all reserve or hesitation gave the proposal wholehearted approval

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wholeheartedly adverb

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sincere, wholehearted, heartfelt, hearty, unfeigned mean genuine in feeling. sincere stresses absence of hypocrisy, feigning, or any falsifying embellishment or exaggeration. a sincere apology wholehearted suggests sincerity and earnest devotion without reservation or misgiving. promised our wholehearted support heartfelt suggests depth of genuine feeling outwardly expressed. expresses our heartfelt gratitude hearty suggests honesty, warmth, and exuberance in displaying feeling. received a hearty welcome unfeigned stresses spontaneity and absence of pretense. her unfeigned delight at receiving the award

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The judges gave us their wholehearted approval. wholehearted praise for the novel by the leading critics
Recent Examples on the Web The state’s healthcare policies, such as its wholehearted embrace of the Affordable Care Act, have given it tools to manage the immediate public health ramifications crisis better than many others. Los Angeles Times, "Column: California might behave as a ‘nation-state.’ But its power has limits," 10 Apr. 2020 Douthat gives a few possibilities, but none feels like a wholehearted prediction. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "Ross Douthat Foresees the Same Old ‘Same Old Same-Old’," 28 Feb. 2020 Trump made pulling the country out of the Paris climate accord one of his administration’s first priorities, and his wholehearted support of the petroleum and coal industries has been one of the enduring themes of his presidency. Washington Post, "Democrats propose spending trillions to fight climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 Crickets chirp in the silent night as the trailer starts off, building up suspense before ominous footsteps and key-clanking foretell a much-less wholehearted summer night. Anna Tingley, chicagotribune.com, "‘American Horror Story: 1984’: Summer camp gets deadly in first trailer," 26 Aug. 2019 So, enigmatic and a wholehearted leader of men - check. Ben Carter, SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Football Managers of All Time," 20 Aug. 2019 Firms whose boards have two or more women—perhaps a sign of wholehearted diversity efforts—appear to be looking farther afield to find candidates; their female directors don’t have the same kind of conflicts. Fortune, "Busting Another Boardroom Myth: The Broadsheet," 31 July 2019 But the young woman deserves our wholehearted support. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: An alleged sexual assault victim may have lied to help acquit R. Kelly in 2008. Her cooperation this time is an act of bravery.," 18 July 2019 All six of the people who spoke to the board, including principals from four of the district’s schools, declared their wholehearted support for the plan. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas employees hail proposal to appoint in-house candidate as superintendent," 2 May 2019

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First Known Use of wholehearted

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wholehearted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wholehearted. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wholehearted

: having or showing no doubt or uncertainty about doing something, supporting someone, etc.


whole·​heart·​ed | \ ˈhōl-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce wholehearted (audio) \

Kids Definition of wholehearted

: not holding back a wholehearted effort

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