Meaning of “wholly” in the English Dictionary

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"wholly" in British English

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uk /ˈhəʊ us /ˈhoʊ

C2 completely:

I wasn't wholly convinced by her explanation.
That's a wholly different issue.
a machine that is wholly British-made

More examples

  • He was wholly unprepared for what he saw.
  • The company isn't wholly to blame for the snafu.
  • The plan to build the road through the forest is wholly misconceived.
  • He was wholly inattentive to the needs of his children.
  • His casual behaviour was wholly inappropriate for such a formal occasion.

(Definition of “wholly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wholly" in American English

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us /ˈhoʊl·li/


I didn’t think her explanation was wholly truthful.

(Definition of “wholly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)