from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Entirely; wholly; completely.

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  • adv. Entirely; completely.
  • adv. Very; extremely.
  • adv. Definitely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a total manner; wholly; entirely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • As a total; completely; entirely; wholly; utterly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')


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  • "The Coptic is an uncultivated and formal tongue, with monosyllabic roots and _rude inflexions, totally different_ from the neighbouring languages of Syria and Arabia, _totally opposite_ to the copious and polished Sanscrit."

    Notes and Queries, Number 53, November 2, 1850

  • I wouldn't use the term "totally safe" in relation to radioactive material leaking into groundwater.

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  • I wasn't sure whether or not "sistren" worked or had been used by anyone, so I googled it, and it totally is a word!

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  • He was staring at her, his expression totally bewildered.

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  • He pressed his forehead to mine briefly, then pulled away, his expression totally unrevealing, and now that I was more than ready to hear him out, he seemed reluctant to begin.

    Dark Angel

  • For all the talk about artistry, when Kelly Clarkson actually did make the album she wanted, the label totally threw her under the bus, ran over her, then backed over her again, didn't they?

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  • Speaking the day before the wrestling test event was due to start at the ExCeL centre, the president of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles Fila, Raphaël Martinetti, was fiercely critical of British Wrestling's policy of recruiting athletes from overseas and its post‑Games planning, which he described as "totally stupid".

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  • Miliband proposes every local party should meet twice a year with its local union levypayers to end what he describes as a "totally detached" relationship.

    Ed Miliband sets out reform agenda and says: Labour cannot go on like this

  • So what attracted him to the part of Will Emerson, which he describes as "totally amoral"?

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  • Also did abseiling and canoeing, all of which she described as totally amazing.

    Wheelchair indoor rock climbing? Beth pays to get a wedgy.


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  • For when you need to talk like a Valley girl:

    "The walls in the mall are totally totally tall."

    (From Tiny Toon Adventures)

    November 23, 2009

  • Unintentional Tom Swiftie. Came about through environment groups lobbying against a new project that is ultimately owned by the energy company Total.

    "Activist: So we've sent them a letter outlining our concerns about the gas plant.

    Interviewer: Do you really think they'll listen to you?

    Activist: I don't think they'll ignore us totally."

    - ABC radio, May 2008.

    June 6, 2008