entire

adjective
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

entire

noun

Definition of entire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : the whole : entirety
2 : stallion

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Other Words from entire

Adjective

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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Adjective

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

On Instagram, Mark posts pictures from vacations on the beach, or of the entire group shrieking their way down a water ride at Disneyland. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and His Wife Tiffany's Marriage Is Worth More Than Money Can Buy," 10 Mar. 2019 The entire royal family is reportedly spending Christmas together. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Royal Family's Christmas Decorations Are the Polar Opposite of the White House's," 4 Dec. 2018 Here's a close-up of Harper's blunt, stylish bob: Getty ImagesDavid M. Benett Harper also attended with her famous siblings, as seen here: Getty ImagesDarren Gerrish Looks like her entire family has the fashion bug! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Victoria Beckham's Daughter Harper Looks Just Like This Style Icon at London Fashion Week," 18 Feb. 2019 That has stopped entire families from wanting to go back. Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, "Syrian Refugees Suffer as Winter Storms Devastate Lebanese Camps," 11 Jan. 2019 These limitations perpetuate cycles of poverty that can impact entire families and communities for generations. Peter Rezk, Teen Vogue, "America’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing Young People Like Me. Clean Slate Laws Are the Answer," 14 Dec. 2018 One widely accepted definition of socialism is a political and economic philosophy advocating that the entire means of production, distribution and exchange are owned or regulated by the community as a whole, i.e., the state. WSJ, "Is Socialism the Bright Future Once Again?," 25 Feb. 2019 While the story is of course devastating for Khloé and the entire Kardashian clan, that hasn't stopped fans across the world from finding some humor in the situation and producing some of the best memes the internet has ever seen. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These Crazy Tristan Thompson/Jordyn Woods Cheating Scandal Memes Are Exploding on Twitter," 22 Feb. 2019 The Simply Living Well account holder, Julia, says that her bar of dish-washing soap lasted an entire month. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Dish Cleaning Hack You Didn't Know You Needed," 20 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The entire filed has grown as self-driving vehicles and the artificial intelligence that helps drive them have gained visibility. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "America's robot future: Rajant celebrates new HQ, plans for growth," 2 July 2018 Blend entire can of coconut cream (including the liquid in the can), vanilla, and honey on medium speed until creamy and no lumps remain. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "Put these colorful acai bowls on your food bucket list," 4 Apr. 2018 Republican lawmakers made the specious argument that those texts, which criticized Trump and other American political figures, had tainted the entire Russia investigation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 According to Renee, the entire back wall was brought down to give the restaurant an open-kitchen concept. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc's Bella Gusto reopens with new look, new menu," 6 July 2018 In other economic impacts, the report cited losses of nearly $37 million in vacation rentals and $14 million from agriculture, including half of the state's entire cut-flower industry and 80 percent of its papaya crop. Jolyn Rosa, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump approves disaster aid for Kilauea Volcano victims," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of entire

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entire

Adjective

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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entire

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of entire

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

entire

adjective
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.

entire

adjective
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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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