en·​tire | \ in-ˈtī(-ə)r How to pronounce entire (audio) , ˈen-ˌtī(-ə)r How to pronounce entire (audio) \

Definition of entire

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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

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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 affront became his sole focus, occupying his entire life. Madeleine O'neill, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Almost the entire state (98.2%) is now under Moderate Drought (the exception being in southeastern portions of the state), and 52.4% is under Severe Drought. Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 With great care and empathy, Bradley — who was given extraordinary access to her subject — shows how much that weighs on Osaka, who has spent her entire life working toward winning titles. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 14 July 2021 Shehan Jeyarajah, who covers college football in the entire state of Texas for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, joins me as the co-host of this new pod. Doug Lesmerises, oregonlive, 14 July 2021 The lizards are highly territorial, and will spend their entire life roaming a swath of land smaller than a backyard swimming pool. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 13 July 2021 In February last year, Newsom devoted his entire State of the State address to the homelessness crisis. New York Times, 13 July 2021 Nearly the entire state of California will be impacted by this heat wave, in addition to major metro areas in the Southwest. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 10 July 2021 But the three-time Olympian — who quickly became infamous for that millisecond mistake on her penultimate hurdle — got back up, dusted herself off and found a way to carry on, just like she's done her entire life. Johnny Dodd, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 My entire back and shoulders used to hurt by the end of my work day. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 28 Jan. 2020 One entire shelf is dedicated to local spirits purveyors, including Ferndale's Valentine vodka and Detroit City Bourbon. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2020

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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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“Entire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entire. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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