en·​tire | \ in-ˈtī(-ə)r How to pronounce entire (audio) , ˈen-ˌtī(-ə)r How to pronounce entire (audio) \

Definition of entire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having no element or part left out : whole was alone the entire day
2 : complete in degree : total their entire devotion to their family
3a : consisting of one piece
c : intact strove to keep the collection entire
4 : not castrated
5 : having the margin continuous or free from indentations an entire leaf



Definition of entire (Entry 2 of 2)

2 archaic : the whole : entirety

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Other Words from entire


entire adverb
entireness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for entire

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Examples of entire in a Sentence

Adjective The war affected an entire generation of young Americans. The fence runs along the entire length of the building. She has dedicated her entire life to helping others.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some athletes train their entire career for just one moment at the Olympics, a pressure Chusovitina has encountered sevenfold, in one of the most physically demanding sports possible. Rachael Scott, CNN, "She was competing before Simone Biles was born. Now they compete against each other," 11 July 2020 The leading receiver was Wayne Capers (438 yards), who had 51 catches and 822 yards for his entire career. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 26-30, Peyton Manning vs. Jeff George," 7 July 2020 Anderson has spent nearly her entire law career at the Multnomah County DA’s Office -- much of it in the domestic violence unit. oregonlive, "Deputy DA resigns as incoming Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt gets ready to take office," 7 July 2020 Bolden has worked for the Solon Schools for nearly his entire career. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Bolden named interim superintendent of Solon Schools; only title changes," 7 July 2020 And stuffing the Queen of Pop's entire career into a bite-sized narrative was the easy part. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Watch rare Drag Race footage of queens slaying Madonna musical in record time," 6 July 2020 The 6-foot-10 forward had spent his entire nine-season career with the Thunder franchise (one season in Seattle before eight in OKC), averaging 27.4 points per game. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "July 4, 2016: Kevin Durant agrees to join Warriors," 4 July 2020 Green spent her entire 33-year career with the Phenix City Police Department, starting as an officer and rising up the ranks to assistant chief, Lowe said. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Phenix City Assistant Police Chief Gail Green dies while hospitalized with COVID-19," 25 June 2020 Most pediatric surgeons will go their entire career and never see a single case. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets turn choppy as investors weigh the threat of a second wave," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Frequently in this production, the entire back wall becomes a movie screen, sometimes capturing live scenes on or just off stage. Brian Schaefer, Bloomberg.com, "Radical New West Side Story Paints an Angry Young America," 6 May 2020 Vanore, a 37-year-old television producer, had an entire row to herself on the United Airlines flight last Thursday from Newark to Los Angeles. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "“Ghost Flights” Haunt the Skies, Enlarging Carbon Footprints," 23 Apr. 2020 EDsmart, a college ranking website, is looking for a real die-hard Potterhead to binge-watch the entire Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Site Wants to Pay You $1,000 to Watch All 10 Harry Potter Movies (Video)," 17 Apr. 2020 Red, Jackson-Posey and Donald Ghostone had three steals each while the entire Flower Mound team had just two for the game. Dallas News, "UIL boys basketball: Clutch defense helps Grand Prairie secure area round win over Flower Mound," 29 Feb. 2020 Shop the entire Nordstrom sale The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "Nordstrom launched their biggest sale ever today with deals on Birkenstock, Patagonia, Canada Goose, and more," 18 Mar. 2020 Catch Pompeo's entire Late Late Show interview below. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Ellen Pompeo Just Revealed Her Dream Plot for the Grey's Anatomy Series Finale," 28 Sep. 2019 My entire back and shoulders used to hurt by the end of my work day. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Horizontal Desk Is Basically a Bed for the Office," 28 Jan. 2020 One entire shelf is dedicated to local spirits purveyors, including Ferndale's Valentine vodka and Detroit City Bourbon. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Woodward Corner Market opens Wednesday: Here's a peek inside," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of entire


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for entire


Middle English enter, entier, entire, from Anglo-French enter, entier, from Latin integer, literally, untouched, from in- + tangere to touch — more at tangent entry 2

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The first known use of entire was in the 14th century

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31 Jul 2020

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“Entire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entire. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of entire

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


en·​tire | \ in-ˈtīr How to pronounce entire (audio) \

Kids Definition of entire

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

Other Words from entire

entirely adverb It's entirely up to you.



Legal Definition of entire

: not capable of being divided into independent parts (as promises) : constituting an undivided unit an entire contract — compare divisible, severable

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