Word of the Day: wholeheartedly

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
October 27, 2015
 
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wholeheartedly (adverb)   /hōl’här’təd’li/  
 
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Wholeheartedly means to do something with sincerity and enthusiasm. It expresses earnestness, or serious intention to do something. It can also mean to do something completely.
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Example sentences
 
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The city residents wholeheartedly embraced the idea of opening a homeless shelter downtown.
 
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Jane wholeheartedly supports her husband’s career as an artist.
 
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Greg wholeheartedly agrees with the proposal to open a new shop.
 
 
 
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Other forms
 
The adjective form of this word is "wholehearted." Example: "I made a wholehearted attempt to finish the marathon, but it was too difficult after I hurt my knee."
 
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The adjective “half-hearted” is another idiom that means without much enthusiasm. "Half-heartedly" is the adverb form but "half-hearted" is much more common. For example: "Mrs. Smith gave me a half-hearted hug at the end of the school year. I knew she'd never liked me!"
 
Origin
 
The base adjective form "wholehearted" first appeared 1830-40 in the United States. 
Important Reminder
 
Wholeheartedly is created like many other adverbs, by adding -ly to the end of an adjective. To listen to the pronunciation of "wholehearted" and learn more meanings, check out the full definition!
 
 
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