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[hohl-hahr-tid] /ˈhoʊlˈhɑr tɪd/
fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc.; hearty; earnest:
a wholehearted attempt to comply.
Origin of wholehearted
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; whole + hearted
Related forms
wholeheartedly, adverb
wholeheartedness, noun Unabridged
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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


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



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

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