en·​tire | \in-ˈtī(-ə)r, ˈen-ˌtī(-ə)r \

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

b : homogeneous, unmixed

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

compleat, complete, comprehensive, full, grand, intact, integral, perfect, plenary, total, whole

Antonyms: Adjective

imperfect, incomplete, partial

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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

Shame on you for stereotyping and insulting an entire group of people (a group of people that stimulates the economy & supports your games, by the way). Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "A Rays minor-league team is hosting a ‘Millennial Night.’ Twitter was not happy," 13 July 2018 Later, CEO Elon Musk would reveal that the gap was mostly caused by over-reliance on automation, and the months since have involved rethinking the entire Model 3 production process on the fly. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Agility, Persistence, and Pain Behind Tesla’s Model 3 Manufacturing Turnaround," 1 July 2018 Some progress was made today, as the club managed to secure Chelsea winger Kenedy on loan for the entire upcoming season following his brief stint with the club in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign. SI.com, "Newcastle United Reportedly Tell Defender Not to Turn Up to Pre-Season Training," 12 July 2018 The Yankees now have the safety net of the wild-card berth, but who wants to stake their entire season on a one-game, wild-card game against the Seattle Mariners and James Paxton? Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Yankees' pitching needs mean Manny Machado must wait 'til winter for his pinstripes," 11 July 2018 While the 2011 negotiations over the collective bargaining agreement nearly cost the league an entire season, the last round of negotiations was wrapped up more than six months before the CBA was set to expire. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "NBA and players' union agree: Age limit's days are numbered," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, junior guard Aubrey Dawkins missed the entire season after suffering his own shoulder injury in October. Brian Murphy, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF center Tacko Fall, Knights push to improve ahead of pivotal season," 3 July 2018 This piece contains plot details for the entire second season of Netflix’s GLOW. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Marc Maron Is Great in GLOW, and Maybe That’s a Problem," 29 June 2018 Grau has served his entire career as a member of the Florence Police Department. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Florence names new police chief: Thomas Grau," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The site's been proposed to accommodate 127 housing units -- a figure that's comparable to the total number of homes in the entire surrounding Avocado Acres region, several residents said. Barbara Henry, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Encinitas commissioners say high-density housing list ought to be revised," 8 June 2018 Likewise, Tim Mackabee has provided a simple home setting of wooden floors and mismatched chairs, then expanded that feel so that the entire back wall of the stage is also made of dark rough boards. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Apartheid Drama "A Lesson From Aloes" At Hartford Stage Has Powerful, Relevant Message," 29 May 2018 The relative later noticed the girl had redness and bruising on her entire back and down to her calves, according to the affidavit. Claire Osborn, ajc, "Police: Father charged after spanking daughter with belt," 2 May 2018

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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 \

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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