1. In a whole or complete manner; entirely; completely; perfectly.
Nor wholly overcome, nor wholly yield. --Dryden.
2. To the exclusion of other things; totally; fully.
They employed themselves wholly in domestic life. --Addison.
adv : to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent
(`whole' is often used informally for `wholly'); "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" [syn: entirely, completely,
totally, all, altogether, whole] [ant: partially]