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adjective en·tire \in-ˈtī(-ə)r, ˈen-ˌ\

Simple Definition of entire

  • : complete or full : not lacking or leaving out any part

Full Definition of entire

  1. 1 :  having no element or part left out :  whole <was alone the entire day>

  2. 2 :  complete in degree :  total <their entire devotion to their family>

  3. 3 a :  consisting of one piece b :  homogeneous, unmixed c :  intact <strove to keep the collection entire>

  4. 4 :  not castrated

  5. 5 :  having the margin continuous or free from indentations <an entire leaf>

entire adverb
en·tire·ness noun

Examples of entire

  1. The war affected an entire generation of young Americans.

  2. The fence runs along the entire length of the building.

  3. She has dedicated her entire life to helping others.

Origin of entire

Middle English enter, entier, entire, from Anglo-French enter, entier, from Latin integer, literally, untouched, from in- + tangere to touch — more at tangent

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of entire

whole, entire, total, all mean including everything or everyone without exception. whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away <read the whole book>. entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added <the entire population was wiped out>. total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered <the total number of people present>. all may equal whole, entire, or total <all proceeds go to charity>.

perfect, whole, entire, intact mean not lacking or faulty in any particular. perfect implies the soundness and the excellence of every part, element, or quality of a thing frequently as an unattainable or theoretical state <a perfect set of teeth>. whole suggests a completeness or perfection that can be sought, gained, or regained <felt like a whole person again after vacation>. entire implies perfection deriving from integrity, soundness, or completeness of a thing <the entire Beethoven corpus>. intact implies retention of perfection of a thing in its natural or original state <the boat survived the storm intact>.



noun en·tire

Definition of entire

  1. 1 archaic :  the whole :  entirety

  2. 2 :  stallion


First Known Use of entire


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adjective en·tire \in-ˈtīr\

Definition of entire

  1. :  complete in all parts or respects <the entire day> <He had entire control of the project.>

en·tire·ly adverb <It's entirely up to you.>

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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