Meaning of COMPLETELY in English


com ‧ plete ‧ ly S1 W2 /kəmˈpliːtli/ BrE AmE adverb

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ completion , ↑ incompleteness ; verb : ↑ complete ; adverb : ↑ completely ≠ ↑ incompletely ; adjective : ↑ complete ≠ ↑ incomplete ]

to the greatest degree possible SYN totally :

I completely forgot that it’s his birthday today.

He had never completely recovered from his illness.

a completely new range of low-cost computers

I’m not completely sure.

Portuguese is pronounced completely differently from Spanish.

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▪ completely to the greatest degree or in every way:

That’s a completely different subject.


Bad weather had completely destroyed the crops.

▪ totally/absolutely especially spoken completely:

I’m totally exhausted.


He’s absolutely right.

▪ entirely completely – used especially in negative sentences or after ‘almost’:

I’m not entirely sure.


The community is almost entirely dependent on farming.

▪ utterly completely – used especially to emphasize strongly disapproving words:

It was utterly impossible to work in the house.


The whole thing is utterly absurd.

▪ fully completely – used especially to show that you completely understand something or that you have all the information you need:

He was fully aware of what was happening.


The disease is still not fully understood.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.