Meaning of COMPLETELY in English

COMPLETELY

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1. completely and in every way

RELATED WORDS

opposite

↑ PARTLY

see also

↑ COMPLETE/NOT COMPLETE

↑ ALL/EVERYTHING

↑ VERY

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1. completely and in every way

▷ completely /kəmˈpliːtli/ [adverb]

▪ The carpet is completely ruined.

▪ She felt completely relaxed.

▪ Keith’s dad was completely different from what I’d expected.

▪ I intended to give you the card on Saturday but I completely forgot.

▪ Sometimes the UK seems completely isolated from the main stream of European culture.

complete [adjective only before noun]

▪ He needs complete rest for a few weeks.

▪ The whole thing’s a complete waste of time.

▷ absolutely /ˈæbsəluːtli, ˌæbsəˈluːtli/ [adverb] especially spoken

say this when you strongly agree with something or approve of something, or to emphasize strong adjectives :

absolutely right/correct

▪ You’re absolutely right - we can’t all fit in one car.

absolutely marvellous/amazing/brilliant

▪ That’s an absolutely brilliant idea.

absolutely certain/sure

▪ Are you absolutely sure you don’t mind?

absolutely exhausted/soaked/ruined etc

▪ By the end of the day, I was absolutely exhausted.

absolute /ˈæbsəluːt/ [adjective only before noun]

▪ They have no absolute proof that he is the murderer.

▪ What absolute nonsense.

▷ fully /ˈfʊli/ [adverb]

use this especially to say that you have completely understood something or have everything that you need :

fully understand/realize/appreciate

▪ I can fully understand your concern.

fully aware/informed

▪ Please keep me fully informed of any developments.

fully furnished/equipped

▪ The house is fully furnished, including washer and dryer.

▷ totally /ˈtəʊtl-i/ [adverb]

use this especially to show that you completely disagree with something or that you are very annoyed about it :

totally refuse/ignore/reject etc

▪ He totally ignored my advice.

totally impossible/unacceptable/ridiculous etc

▪ What you’re saying is totally ridiculous.

▪ Myers said that a two-year prison sentence for rape was totally unacceptable and inadequate.

▷ entirely /ɪnˈtaɪəʳli/ [adverb]

completely and in every possible way - use this especially in negative sentences, or with ‘almost’ :

▪ At the very beginning of the project, Paul made it clear that he would be entirely in control.

not entirely

▪ I’m not entirely sure what she meant.

▪ The reasons for his departure weren’t entirely clear.

consist entirely of

▪ The audience consisted almost entirely of journalists.

depend entirely on

▪ The foundation depends entirely on voluntary contributions.

▷ wholly /ˈhəʊl-li/ [adverb]

in every possible way - use this especially in negative sentences :

not wholly responsible/reliable/committed etc

▪ The evidence we have is not wholly reliable.

▪ The commission found that the officer on duty at the time was not wholly responsible.

wholly unacceptable/unexpected/unfounded etc

▪ The city council’s proposals are wholly unacceptable.

▪ Help came from a wholly unexpected source.

▷ utterly /ˈʌtəʳli/ [adverb]

use this especially to describe things that are completely wrong, untrue, impossible etc :

utterly impossible/useless/worthless etc

▪ Without their help it would have been utterly impossible to arrange the conference.

▪ Whether you like her or not is utterly irrelevant.

utterly reject/spoil/destroy etc

▪ We utterly reject the philosophy of compulsory wage control.

utter [adjective only before noun]

▪ We all watched in utter amazement.

▪ The government is demonstrating utter stupidity in pursuing such a policy.

▷ positively /ˈpɒzɪtɪvli, ˈpɒzətɪvliǁˈpɑː-/ [adverb]

use this to talk about an extreme situation or something extreme that someone has done :

positively disgusting/harmful/dangerous etc

▪ The food in this place isn’t just bad, it’s positively disgusting.

▪ Her performance was positively marvellous.

▷ complete/total/absolute/utter /kəmˈpliːt, ˈtəʊtl, ˈæbsəluːt, ˈʌtəʳ/ [adjective only before noun]

use this to emphasize how strong a feeling or quality is or how bad a situation is :

▪ It was a complete surprise - I didn’t have any idea they were planning a party.

▪ Don’t pay any attention to him - the guy’s a total idiot!

▪ Nobody can say with absolute certainty how much oil there is in Alaska.

▪ By any measurement, our corrections program is an utter failure.

▷ in every way/respect/detail /ɪn ˌevri ˈweɪ, rɪˈspekt, ˈdiːteɪlǁ-dɪˈteɪl/ [adverb]

use this to say that something is true in every detail or part :

▪ The two drawings are identical in every way.

▪ The plans are unworkable in every respect.

▷ in every sense /ɪn ˌevri ˈsens/ [adverb]

use this when a word or phrase that you say is true in every possible way that it could be understood :

▪ There are still men who want to be in every sense, the "head of the household'.

in every sense of the word

▪ She was a true sportswoman -- a professional in every sense of the word.

▷ through and through /ˌθruː ən ˈθruː/ [adverb]

if someone is good, bad etc through and through, every part of their character and behaviour shows that they are like that :

▪ Don’t trust him. He’s rotten through and through.

▪ Einstein was a realist through and through.

▪ After 30 years in Queensland, he felt he was an Australian through and through.

▷ whole-heartedly /ˌhəʊl ˈhɑːʳtə̇dli/ [adverb]

whole-heartedly agree/approve/support etc

completely and willingly :

▪ Her father whole-heartedly approved of their decision to get married.

▪ Rowan whole-heartedly agreed that the company needed to do more to improve its ties to the community.

whole-hearted [adjective]

▪ The government has agreed to give the plan its whole-hearted support.

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