English dictionary

entirely meaning and definition


Definition of entirely (adverb)

  1. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
    • "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea"
    • synonyms: all, altogether, completely, totally, whole, wholly
    • antonym: part
  2. without any others being included or involved
    • "was entirely to blame"; "a school devoted entirely to the needs of problem children"; "he works for Mr. Smith exclusively"; "did it solely for money"; "the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone"; "a privilege granted only to him"
    • synonyms: alone, exclusively, only, solely
Source: Princeton University Wordnet