Wholeheartedlymeans to do something with sincerity and enthusiasm. It expresses earnestness, or serious intention to do something. It can also mean to do something completely.
The city residents wholeheartedlyembraced the idea of opening a homeless shelter downtown.
Jane wholeheartedlysupports her husband’s career as an artist.
Greg wholeheartedly agrees with the proposal to open a new shop.
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!"
The base adjective form "wholehearted" first appeared 1830-40 in the United States.
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!