entirely

entirely
[[t]ɪnta͟ɪ͟ə(r)li[/t]]
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1) ADV: ADV adj, ADV with v, ADV with cl/group Entirely means completely and not just partly.

...an entirely new approach...

Fraud is an entirely different matter...

Their price depended almost entirely on their scarcity...

I failed in my career as a writer of fiction entirely because of deficiencies in the education system.

Syn:
completely, totally
2) ADV: ADV with v, ADV group (emphasis) Entirely is also used to emphasize what you are saying.

I agree entirely...

Oh, the whole episode was entirely his fault.

3) ADV: not ADV, ADV group (vagueness) People sometimes use the expression not entirely to reduce the force of a strong statement, especially a critical one.

They are not entirely happy with his criticism of the president...

We shall see that this is not entirely true...

She claimed the unemployment figures were not entirely unexpected...

This government is not entirely free of suspicion.


English dictionary. 2008.

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