whole·​heart·​ed | \ˈhōl-ˈhär-təd \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for wholehearted


hearty, whole-souled


grudging, halfhearted, lukewarm, tepid

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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

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Evert, now an ESPN analyst, said last week that she has been struck by the wholehearted way Williams has embraced motherhood without losing the edge to her competitiveness. Liz Clarke, chicagotribune.com, "In triumphant return to Wimbledon, Serena Williams faces new questions," 2 July 2018 The Mexican team not only has the wholehearted support of Mexican Americans in Northern California, but in a larger sense, El Tri has become America’s Team. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Fans party at Avaya Stadium as they watch Mexico beat South Korea," 23 June 2018 While in the long-term the culture of biennially downing tools may need disbanding, their subsequent wholehearted willingness to embrace a new manager's methods has got to be appealing. SI.com, "Why Pochettino Should Switch Make the Controversial Switch From Spurs to Chelsea This Summer," 17 May 2018 The answers usually devolve into an awkward dance, where the Republicans seek to acknowledge the behavior isn't normal, but - at the same time - outline their wholehearted support for the President. Dan Merica, CNN, "GOP candidates don't want to talk about Stormy Daniels. Neither do Democrats.," 1 May 2018 In the past, the Star Wars actress has ricocheted between brunette, raven, platinum, and soft amber, but her brighter, bolder makeover, which infused strands from root to tip, felt like a wholehearted plunge. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Daisy Ridley Debuts a New Fiery Red Hair Color in London," 9 Mar. 2018 Still, the setbacks are sobering: the 2016 defeat at the polls of a regional transit tax, and recent statements by leaders in Oakland and Macomb counties that backed away from wholehearted support for a future transit tax. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "'Walking Man' tops transit talk that plugs his adopted travel style — driving," 24 Feb. 2018 Britain has sold Saudi Arabia weapons worth billions of pounds, but now that the Saudis have imposed a blockade of Yemen’s key ports the British government appears to recognise that its wholehearted support for the war is toxic. The Economist, "LettersLetters to the editor," 19 Dec. 2017 But the level of support from members of the Kern County Water Agency, which serves much of the $7 billion-a-year farm economy at the southern end of the valley, was less than wholehearted. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Group of San Joaquin farmers says they’re willing to pay for the Delta tunnels," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of wholehearted

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of wholehearted

: not holding back a wholehearted effort

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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