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adverb whol·ly \ˈhō(l)-lē\

Definition of wholly

  1. 1 :  to the full or entire extent :  completely a wholly owned subsidiary

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of wholly

Middle English hoolly, from hool whole


First Known Use: 14th century


WHOLLY Defined for English Language Learners

wholly

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adverb whol·ly \ˈhō(l)-lē\

Definition of wholly for English Language Learners

  • : completely or fully


WHOLLY Defined for Kids

wholly

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adverb whol·ly \ˈhō-lē\

Definition of wholly for Students

  1. :  to the limit :  completely a wholly honest person



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