Definition of wholly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhōl(l)ē/


Entirely; fully: she found herself given over wholly to sensation [as submodifier]: the distinction is not wholly clear
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  • 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.
completely, totally, absolutely, entirely, fully, thoroughly, utterly, quite, perfectly, downright, in every respect, in all respects
informal one hundred percent, 'lock, stock, and barrel'
exclusively, only, solely, purely, alone


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

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Syllabification: whol·ly

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