entire

adjective
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

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

The wasteland ends up feeling empty and lonely, that lush world can quickly become a nightmare at the hands of other players, and a smorgasbord of technical issues hinders the entire experience. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 Publishers and studios issued takedown notices with enthusiasm; platforms like Tripod and Yahoo Groups would sweep entire fan communities from their servers at the behest of entertainment companies. Elizabeth Minkel, The Verge, "The online free speech debate is raging in fan fiction, too," 8 Nov. 2018 Susan Wild, Madeleine Dean, Chrissy Houlahan, Mary Gay Scanlon, Bibiana Boero, Susan Boser, Pearl Kim, Jessica King Pennsylvania’s entire Congressional delegation—its senators and its representatives—are all men, and nearly all of them are white. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 The book of products even included houses, which formed the backbone of entire communities and are now tourist curiosities. Tiffany Hsu, The Seattle Times, "When Sears was everywhere: espionage, politics and fine art," 15 Oct. 2018 Nicki Minaj has built her entire career on the idea of being strong and empowered, and taking absolutely no B.S. from anyone — especially not from any men. Andrea Park, Allure, "Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Her Experiences With Domestic Violence," 4 Oct. 2018 In accordance with Allen’s instructions, all of the diagrams and data are available to the entire neuroscience community for free. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 The entire space is weaved with elegant, custom accents that suit her and her husband’s personal needs. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "This is How TV Personality Keltie Knight Crafted the Bedroom of Her Dreams," 25 Oct. 2018 Currently, there’s no way to continuously image that entire range. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Meet the Man Who Takes Pictures of Microbes," 18 Oct. 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

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 \

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
en·​tire

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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