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wholehearted

[hohl-hahr-tid] /ˈhoʊlˈhɑr tɪd/
adjective
1.
fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc.; hearty; earnest:
a wholehearted attempt to comply.
Origin of wholehearted
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; whole + hearted
Related forms
wholeheartedly, adverb
wholeheartedness, noun
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  • And just as simply and wholeheartedly as you made the offer, I accept it.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She accepted, as wholeheartedly as he gave it, an income of two hundred a year from him.

  • Pachuca began to laugh; gently at first, then wholeheartedly.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • Clare was beginning to guess that what Miss Durand did, she did wholeheartedly.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • In the end he, like herself, must look on at the fun rather than share in it wholeheartedly.

British Dictionary definitions for wholeheartedly

wholehearted

/ˌhəʊlˈhɑːtɪd/
adjective
1.
done, acted, given, etc, with total sincerity, enthusiasm, or commitment
Derived Forms
wholeheartedly, adverb
wholeheartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wholeheartedly

wholehearted

adj.

also whole-hearted, 1840, from whole + hearted. Related: Wholeheartedly.

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