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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wholly mean? 

WHOLLY (adverb)
  The adverb WHOLLY has 1 sense:

1. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent ('whole' is often used informally for 'wholly')

  Familiarity information: WHOLLY used as an adverb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

WHOLLY (adverb)

Sense 1wholly [BACK TO TOP]


To a complete degree or to the full or entire extent ('whole' is often used informally for 'wholly')


all; altogether; completely; entirely; totally; whole; wholly

Context examples:

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

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


partly (in part; in some degree; not wholly)


whole (including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete)

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