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

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 For her entire career Williams has been taking a racket to conventions that marginalize and minimize, and the last 10 days have been no different. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Of all Serena's triumphs, this Wimbledon run is the most impressive," 12 July 2018 Team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch wanted Fedorov to play his entire NHL career with the Wings, but the first big sign of trouble came after the Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1997 (Fedorov contributed eight goals and 12 assists in 20 playoff games). Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 Overdose deaths continue to climb, however, and the finding does not refer to addiction rates in the entire country, just those recorded among the insurance network’s 41 million members. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "U.S. Insurers Say the Opioid Crisis Might Be Declining," 12 July 2018 By choosing all white men to speak on behalf of the entire country, the Trump administration is once again reaffirming its commitment to white, male supremacy (while paying only the faintest of lip service to women's empowerment). refinery29.com, "All 34 Official Nods For Brett Kavanaugh Were By Men. Here's What 34 Women Think.," 10 July 2018 This is only the moment that might define your entire career. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s decision time for Susan Collins," 7 July 2018 Parker, 36, has spent his entire previous NBA career -- 17 seasons -- with the San Antonio Spurs. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Source: Charlotte Hornets to sign former San Antonio Spur Tony Parker," 6 July 2018 Nike has been Federer’s clothing sponsor for his entire pro career and has created memorable looks, especially at Wimbledon, that have cemented his status as a fashion plate. Naila-jean Meyers, New York Times, "Roger Federer Sheds Nike Swoosh for Uniqlo, Then Wins Match," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Your entire back foot should be firmly planted on the ground. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Lucy Hale's Two-Part Lower-Body Move Can Strengthen Your Butt, Legs, and Core," 27 Apr. 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 whole/entire way

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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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not any or not one

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