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 : stallion
2 archaic : the whole : entirety

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 The entire world consumes media in this kind of way. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 The real-life non-fiction story is playing out in front of the entire football world thanks to Cardinals' defensive lineman J.J. Watt and his dramatically unthinkable comeback tale. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2022 But tenant advocacy groups say the entire system that contributed to the latest calamity requires immediate action and more than just an overhaul of fire safety regulations. NBC News, 12 Jan. 2022 When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins visited the moon that summer, the entire world was captivated. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 11 Jan. 2022 Tunnel View is one of the most famous photo-ops in the entire park system and is a phenomenal perch from which to gaze out at El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, and Bridalveil Fall. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 10 Jan. 2022 That is, if the model is correct, there have been between 6 and 18 million more Covid deaths in the entire world than what has been officially reported. George Calhoun, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2022 Hers is a genesis project, bringing to life an entire world of new ideas, concepts, and sounds to complete her jaw-droppingly ambitious album series, releasing four in one year that span everything from reggaeton to glitchy pop to metallic rap. Amel Mukhtar, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2022 The omicron variant is known for causing cold-like symptoms that could affect the entire respiratory system, but the extra swab may most benefit those who have a sore throat. al, 5 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As storms and fires grow stronger in a warming world, so must the entire of infrastructure, including roads, power, buildings, and people need to be made resilient enough to withstand disasters. Camille Squires, Quartz, 3 Sep. 2021 As of 2021, the media bail bond for a felony is $10,000 — an amount that is nearly an entire's year worth of income for the people who can't afford it. Li Cohen, CBS News, 23 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 Feb. 2020 Shop the entire Nordstrom sale The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2020 Catch Pompeo's entire Late Late Show interview below. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, 28 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Entire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entire. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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