1 of 2


: having no element or part left out : whole
was alone the entire day
: complete in degree : total
their entire devotion to their family
: consisting of one piece
: intact
strove to keep the collection entire
: not castrated
: having the margin continuous or free from indentations
an entire leaf
entire adverb
entireness noun


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archaic : the whole : entirety
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Entire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entire. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having no element or part left out : complete
: being to the fullest degree : total
her entire devotion
: having the margin continuous and free from indentations
an entire leaf
entire adverb
entirely adverb
entireness noun

Legal Definition


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

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