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

Other Words from wholehearted

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

Examples of wholehearted in a Sentence

The judges gave us their wholehearted approval. wholehearted praise for the novel by the leading critics
Recent Examples on the Web Their uniqueness and wholehearted embrace of community are what caught the eye of Bev. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The orchestra seemed inspired by Bowlin too, giving him wholehearted support. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2022 With the wholehearted support of Jean and their teenage twins, disco-dancing enthusiasts Gene and James (Christian Lees and Jonah Lees), and to the exasperation of status-conscious Mike, Maurice pursues his quest to play in the 1976 Open. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 On Minson's appointment at LeafLink, Matias Van Thienen, a partner at Founders Fund, expressed his wholehearted support. Iris Dorbian, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Courage’s wholehearted defense of CPS is in stark contrast to his 2017 stance when the San Antonio Water System went to the council with a rate-increase request. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Dec. 2021 The wholehearted embrace of them by the Villages, on the surface, seem like a prototype for elder America, at least in places where the climate is mild. Alissa Walker, Curbed, 20 Aug. 2021 The audience responded with more wholehearted enthusiasm than is normal for a New York subscription-series première. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Veganism, whether wholehearted or a part-time affair, has gained more adherents in recent years. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 11 July 2021 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of wholehearted

: not holding back a wholehearted effort

Other Words from wholehearted

wholeheartedly adverb

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