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# entire

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

## Definition of entire

1. 1 :  having no element or part left out :  whole was alone the entire day

2. 2 :  complete in degree :  total their entire devotion to their family

3. 3a :  consisting of one piecec :  intact strove to keep the collection entire

4. 4 :  not castrated

5. 5 :  having the margin continuous or free from indentations an entire leaf

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## Examples of entire in a Sentence

1. The war affected an entire generation of young Americans.

2. The fence runs along the entire length of the building.

3. She has dedicated her entire life to helping others.

## Recent Examples of entire from the Web

• As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain.
• Rates on Airbnb range from $500 to$1,500 for a room for one night; entire houses are listed for $2,000 and more. • The entire class of 2018 got a reprieve after fears that about one-third of the class wouldn’t graduate. • San Diego is expected to finish Pure Water’s entire infrastructure by 2035, at a total cost of roughly$3 billion.
• At UM, Ketcham helped carry out a five-year study, led by the University of Pittsburgh, that revealed that women need not sacrifice an entire breast to survive breast cancer.
• There’s no reason to be endangering the entire motor public on the interstate just because of the empty can or a can that was thrown out.
• But the notion of wiping out an entire species or unleashing a gene that could spread like wildfire through a population has also bred controversy.
• While its skeleton was capable of running motions, the scientists found that beast's slender legs likely would've shattered under stress of its entire body weight landing on one leg.

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## 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 2tangent

## Synonym Discussion of entire

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

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noun en·tire

## Definition of entire

1. 1 archaic :  the whole :  entirety

2. 2

## Recent Examples of entire from the Web

• Swift added her entire back catalogue to Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and Amazon on June 8, after leaving the streaming services in 2014.
• These days, the hits can be more than the means to an end -- simply the buy-in needed to get a seat at the table, rather than the pop-game entire.
• Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with paper liners, or butter your cake pans, line bottom with parchment paper, butter that and flour entire pan, tapping out excess.
• Entire families are missing, and the death toll is certain to rise after flames tore through the 120-unit Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday when most people were asleep.
• Sechin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, expects shale-oil output to increase by about 1.5 million barrels a day in 2018, close to the entire cut targeted by OPEC and its allies.
• Entire industries and lives were built on what came out of that basement.
• Entire families would attend and have picnics, afterward posing for photos with the victims, whose body parts were sometimes taken as souvenirs.
• Entire blocks in the southern end of this city are still uninhabited seven months after being ravaged by Hurricane Matthew.

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## Definition of entire for English Language Learners

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

## entire

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adjective en·tire \in-ˈtīr\

## Definition of entire for Students

1. :  complete in all parts or respects the entire day He had entire control of the project.

## entirely

adverb It's entirely up to you.

## entire

adjective en·tire

## Legal Definition of entire

1. :  not capable of being divided into independent parts (as promises) :  constituting an undivided unit an entire contract — compare divisible, severable

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