wholly

adverb whol·ly \ ˈhō(l)-lē \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of wholly

1 :to the full or entire extent :completely
  • a wholly owned subsidiary
2 :to the exclusion of other things :solely
  • a book dealing wholly with herbs

Examples of wholly in a Sentence

  1. She is wholly devoted to her children.

  2. An infant is wholly dependent on its mother.

  3. The claim is wholly without merit.

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Origin and Etymology of wholly

Middle English hoolly, from hool whole


WHOLLY Defined for English Language Learners

wholly

adverb

Definition of wholly for English Language Learners

  • : completely or fully


WHOLLY Defined for Kids

wholly

adverb whol·ly \ ˈhō-lē \

Definition of wholly for Students

:to the limit :completely
  • a wholly honest person


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