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



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

all, concentrated, exclusive, focused (also focussed), undivided, whole

Antonyms: Adjective

diffuse, divided, scattered

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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

She has been enabled by our parents her entire life and, as an underdeveloped adult, lives in a bubble without any consideration of her impact on the environment. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Enabling mom creates extreme family imbalance," 12 Sep. 2019 Amazon has, over the course of its entire history, been utterly unscrupulous in pursuing growth, cheating competitors and suppliers, and flouting numerous regulations and laws in the process. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Amazon Is a Logistical Disaster," 11 Sep. 2019 Ramirez said the drive received many items like canned goods, medical supplies and an enormous amount of water, including an entire pallet donated by Fry’s Food Stores. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton hosts donation drive for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts," 11 Sep. 2019 The first came at the 1998 World Cup - Iran's first since 1978, and only the second in their entire history - when, after Daei's nine goals in 17 qualifiers had earned them their spot in the group stages, they were drawn alongside the USA. SI.com, "A Tribute to Ali Daei: Cristiano Ronaldo's Final International Rival," 11 Sep. 2019 The pair had mutual friends for almost their entire lives but didn’t actually connect until high school. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Candice and Hassan Looked Like Royalty At Their St. Lucia Wedding," 11 Sep. 2019 The entire global ocean is warming, but some parts are changing much faster than others - and the hot spot off Uruguay is one of the fastest. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Large parts of the globe have already passed a crucial climate threshold," 11 Sep. 2019 The band couldn’t have taken offense at the title—it was drawn from one of Jagger’s own salacious compositions, albeit an officially unreleased one—but rather at the entire over-the-top nature of the film. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, "Robert Frank, the Iconoclastic Image-Maker," 11 Sep. 2019 Knowles went through the entire Mark Richt era and is playing his fifth season under Diaz. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Blocking outside noise, UM safety Robert Knowles’ long journey has led him to be prepared when called upon," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For their most recent title success, the club commissioned 500 medals to ensure that their entire back room staff was recognised for their efforts. SI.com, "Premier League Rejects Manchester City's Request for More Medals to Commemorate 2018/19 Title Win," 22 Aug. 2019 That means Google wants the entire web to adopt the new rules, instead of just installing them on its own Chrome browser. Fortune, "How Google’s Plan to Increase Your Online Privacy Differs from Apple and Firefox Ideas," 22 Aug. 2019 All eyes are on the appeal of a December 2018 Texas district court ruling the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Two new Obamacare insurers proposed for Florida in 2020," 19 Aug. 2019 Pennington is hoping to eventually have the entire back wall painted along those same lines. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Roxie Theatre’s ‘Evil Dead’ spills more blood," 1 Aug. 2019 When the ball descended, Morris virtually outmaneuvered Houston's entire back four. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo suffer shutout loss to Sounders FC," 27 July 2019 His entire back is tattooed with an elaborate illustration of Satan and Jesus arm-wrestling. David Armstrong, STAT, "The addict brokers: Middlemen profit as desperate patients are ‘treated like paychecks’," 28 May 2017 The change means that index investing would not have closed the entire unfunded liability gap of $46.2 billion. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Let's look at the real-world consequences of teacher pension fund fees," 7 July 2019 The president renewed his call for a plan in March after his administration asked a court to topple the entire Affordable Care Act. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Mounts New Push on Health Care Ahead of 2020 Election," 21 June 2019

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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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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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