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  1. 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

Other words from wholehearted

  • whole·heart·ed·ly, adverb
  • whole·heart·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby wholehearted

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How to use wholehearted in a sentence

  • Mutual support at critical moments was ensured by the wholehearted co-operation of commanders of all units, great and small.

    1914 | John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • He had written much at times in various papers with a wholehearted wish to purify and advance art.

    Richard Wagner | John F. Runciman
  • "And I am not the most charming girl in the school," Helen replied in her eager, wholehearted fashion.

    Helen Grant's Schooldays | Amanda M. Douglas
  • Just imagine: real passionate love, wholehearted love, as the only solution for the sorrows of life, and at such a time!

    The Enemies of Women | Vicente Blasco Ibez

British Dictionary definitions for wholehearted


/ (ˌhəʊlˈhɑːtɪd) /

  1. done, acted, given, etc, with total sincerity, enthusiasm, or commitment

Derived forms of wholehearted

  • wholeheartedly, adverb
  • wholeheartedness, noun

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