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)

1 archaic : the whole : entirety
2 : stallion

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Other Words from entire


entire adverb
entireness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for entire

Synonyms: Adjective

all, concentrated, exclusive, focused (also focussed), undivided, whole

Antonyms: Adjective

diffuse, divided, scattered

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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


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 families pack an entire breakfast into a blender to create smoothies. Melissa Rayworth, Houston Chronicle, "Healthful breakfast on a busy school morning? It’s not so hard," 14 Aug. 2019 As with Morrison’s entire fictional oeuvre, the novel profoundly embodies and humanizes black life. Aretha Phiri, Quartz Africa, "How Toni Morrison’s legacy plays out in South Africa’s universities," 14 Aug. 2019 In the past, the crew has arranged an entire track of boxes, so a co-star might walk alongside him and fit in the same frame. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Cult Favorite: How Succession's Nicholas Braun Built the Myth of Cousin Greg," 14 Aug. 2019 As these releases fuel further warming, climate change is causing more climate change, which affects the entire planet. Nancy Fresco, The Conversation, "Huge wildfires in the Arctic and far North send a planetary warning," 14 Aug. 2019 The entire story is outlined in a new case study in the journal BMJ Case Reports, published Monday. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This Man's Dentures Were Stuck in His Voice Box for 8 Days After a Routine Procedure," 13 Aug. 2019 His drip and micro-spray irrigation systems deliver water directly to the base of a plant or its roots instead of saturating an entire field. Dan Elliott, The Denver Post, "Colorado farms turn to technology amid water warnings in Southwest U.S.," 13 Aug. 2019 My entire life is different simply because doctors didn’t know how to help me. Glamour, "‘I Gained 100 Pounds in A Year—And Doctors Have No Idea Why’," 8 Aug. 2019 At this point, your entire life could be filled with items designed and inspired by Billie. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Collaborated with Siberia Hills on Hoodies and a Shirt," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the ball descended, Morris virtually outmaneuvered Houston's entire back four. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo suffer shutout loss to Sounders FC," 27 July 2019 His entire back is tattooed with an elaborate illustration of Satan and Jesus arm-wrestling. David Armstrong, STAT, "The addict brokers: Middlemen profit as desperate patients are ‘treated like paychecks’," 28 May 2017 The change means that index investing would not have closed the entire unfunded liability gap of $46.2 billion. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Let's look at the real-world consequences of teacher pension fund fees," 7 July 2019 The president renewed his call for a plan in March after his administration asked a court to topple the entire Affordable Care Act. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Mounts New Push on Health Care Ahead of 2020 Election," 21 June 2019 Ask the person to examine your entire back, groin, backs of the knees, and armpits. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Your Complete Guide to Surviving Tick Season," 22 Jan. 2018 Some bowls can contain over 1,000 mg, which is almost the entire recommended intake for the day, according to the American Heart Association. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Pho Healthy? What You Need to Know About the Hearty Vietnamese Soup," 15 Dec. 2017 Twenty state attorneys argued in a lawsuit partially supported by the Trump administration that the entire Affordable Care Act has to go, too. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Trump’s response to the Obamacare ruling reveals his bind on healthcare," 15 Dec. 2018 Then tilt the entire row into place against the next-to-last row. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017

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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 1

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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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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