entire

adjective
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

entire

noun

Definition of entire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : the whole : entirety
2 : stallion

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for entire

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Just two days after Chappaquiddick, the United States landed a spacecraft on the moon, and two Americans took a majestic, unprecedented walk on the lunar surface that left the entire world huddled in speechlessness. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Some people say it never happened, but this Dallas author says we can and will return to the moon," 3 July 2019 Because of the news segment, the entire world now knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "What the ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ post-credits scenes mean," 2 July 2019 The revelation of Peter’s identity to the entire world has some precedent in the comic books. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Breaking Down the Spider-Man: Far From Home Post-Credits Scenes," 2 July 2019 But, in an omen of what would happen to the entire world, later versions of the iPod had the screen overtake the dial, and the circular scroll became the downward or upward swipe. Nikil Saval, The New Yorker, "For Better and Worse, We Live in Jony Ive’s World," 2 July 2019 Rising tensions in the Middle East between Iran and the United States have raised fears of a clash near the Strait of Hormuz, the most important chokepoint for oil transit in the entire world. Matt Egan, CNN, "Saudi oil minister: Iran is threatening global energy supply," 2 July 2019 Not only that, though, but the video also revealed Spider-Man’s secret identity to the entire world(!). Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 2 July 2019 The name Rush will reverberate throughout the entire world. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Emerging Ring of Honor Star Rush Discusses Past Success, Potential U.S. Wrestling Future," 28 June 2019 The entire global community joined in grieving during a powerful and emotional memorial service witnessed by more people than had ever viewed a live event before. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Michael Jackson Estate Releases Statement on 10th Anniversary of Singer's Death," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ask the person to examine your entire back, groin, backs of the knees, and armpits. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Your Complete Guide to Surviving Tick Season," 22 Jan. 2018 Some bowls can contain over 1,000 mg, which is almost the entire recommended intake for the day, according to the American Heart Association. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Pho Healthy? What You Need to Know About the Hearty Vietnamese Soup," 15 Dec. 2017 Twenty state attorneys argued in a lawsuit partially supported by the Trump administration that the entire Affordable Care Act has to go, too. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Trump’s response to the Obamacare ruling reveals his bind on healthcare," 15 Dec. 2018 Then tilt the entire row into place against the next-to-last row. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'entire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about entire

Statistics for entire

Last Updated

6 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for entire

The first known use of entire was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for entire

entire

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of entire

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

entire

adjective
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.

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on entire

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with entire

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for entire

Spanish Central: Translation of entire

Nglish: Translation of entire for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of entire for Arabic Speakers

Comments on entire

What made you want to look up entire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!