Definition of entire
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>
4 : not castrated
5 : having the margin continuous or free from indentations <an entire leaf>
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.
Origin and Etymology 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
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>.
First Known Use of entire
ENTIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of entire for English Language Learners
: complete or full : not lacking or leaving out any part
ENTIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of entire for Students
: complete in all parts or respects <the entire day> <He had entire control of the project.>
entirelyadverb <It's entirely up to you.>
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