Definition of entirely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtʌɪəli/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈtʌɪəli/


1Completely (often used for emphasis): the traffic seemed to consist entirely of black cabs [as submodifier]: we have an entirely different outlook
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  • Some only award this double score for a hand consisting entirely of red tiles or black tiles.
  • Both are good solutions to the same problem but aimed at entirely different people.
  • Whether he should send the team out knowing that is a different matter entirely.
absolutely, completely, totally, fully, wholly;
altogether, utterly, quite, in every respect, in every way, in all respects, {lock, stock, and barrel};
unreservedly, without reservation, without exception, thoroughly, perfectly, downright, one hundred per cent, every inch;
to the hilt, to the core, all the way
informal bang, dead, totes
1.1Solely: eight coaches entirely for passenger transport
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  • Not that their coach is relying entirely on good organisation to take them further still.
  • It was surprising that such a varied bill could have been supplied entirely by local talent.
solely, only, exclusively, purely, merely, simply, just, alone

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