Definition of wholly in English:

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wholly

Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊlli/
/ˈhəʊli/

adverb

Entirely; fully: she found herself given over wholly to sensation [as submodifier]: the distinction is not wholly clear
More example sentences
  • It's wholly and completely accurate to the original and entirely satisfying to me.
  • Rarely can one person have held the outcome of a political crisis quite so wholly in his own hands.
  • He seemed determined to justify a course of action which seemed wholly disproportionate.
Synonyms
completely, totally, absolutely, entirely, fully, thoroughly, utterly, quite, perfectly, altogether, downright, without qualification, without reservation, unreservedly, in every respect, in all respects, unconditionally, unconstrainedly, unrestrictedly, consummately, undisputedly, unmitigatedly, wholeheartedly, radically, stark, just, to the hilt, all the way, to the maximum extent
informal one hundred per cent, totes
exclusively, only, solely, purely, simply, merely, alone, to the exclusion of everything/everyone else

Origin

Middle English: probably already in Old English (see whole, -ly2).

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