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)

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 township normally begins their budget planning in late July with several meetings before hosting an entire week of planning meetings in August to finalize the next year’s budget. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands board forms COVID-19 response group; cancels tax abatement with Anadarko," 26 Mar. 2020 This may not be the time to pick a fight with Cuomo, who has the entire national media behind him. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Andrew Cuomo Became a Media Darling," 26 Mar. 2020 Waves more than 15 meters high hit several times, washing clean over the smaller islands and taking with them entire villages. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020 The entire book is written with a deep appreciation for the art of pasta making, and for the Bolognese chefs Funke originally learned from. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 11 Best Cookbooks for Eating Your Way Around the World," 23 Mar. 2020 The entire San Francisco Bay is part of the area covered by the restrictions affecting more than 10 million people. John Antczak, Fortune, "60,000 homeless could end up infected with coronavirus, California governor says," 19 Mar. 2020 Pressure the former No. 7 pick played under the entire time in San Francisco. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: DeForest Buckner's ready to be the pillar for the Colts that he was for 49ers," 19 Mar. 2020 An early, out-of-nowhere jump scare keeps you on edge the entire time, even though the rest of the movie's pretty quiet as Rachel (Naomi Watts) attempts to save her son from the extremely pissed off ghost Samara. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Best Classic Films on Netflix Right Now," 19 Mar. 2020 In a classic tweed overcoat, oversized sunglasses and an outsized tote, Holmes was casual, but the addition of knotted around her neck elevated the entire look. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Katie Holmes Revisits the Classic Kerchief," 19 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My entire back and shoulders used to hurt by the end of my work day. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Horizontal Desk Is Basically a Bed for the Office," 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, "Woodward Corner Market opens Wednesday: Here's a peek inside," 27 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately, this is generally enough for a single moderately-sized wireless LAN to effectively blanket the entire available Wi-Fi spectrum, all by itself. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Tired of hearing about Wi-Fi 6? Great, let’s talk about Wi-Fi 6E," 6 Jan. 2020 Then tilt the entire row into place against the next-to-last row. Align the tongue-and-groove joint, and press down on the last row. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Steps for Installing Laminate Flooring," 8 Dec. 2019 Noesen deflected Melker Karlsson’s flip from the point by holding his entire stick up and tapping it with his blade past Khudobin. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars blow early lead against San Jose, ending a six-game win streak," 11 Jan. 2020 At Target, for example, most of the store's entire back wall had been transformed into a Christmas wonderland, complete with trees, light-up reindeer and buckets of $3 ornaments. Rachel Siegel, chicagotribune.com, "How Hanukkah gets lost in the holiday retail rush," 25 Oct. 2019 The last team in Massachusetts to go 26-0 and not lose an entire set all season was Frontier Regional’s 2010 squad, which was good enough to beat Barnstable during the regular season on its way to a Division 3 state title. BostonGlobe.com, "Melissa Morelli," 18 Oct. 2019 There was an entire row that could have been filled with books by badass female authors, but instead was filled with chocolates. Jules Barrueco, Glamour, "Moms Have Changed. It’s Time to Change Gifts for Them Too," 10 May 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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The first known use of entire was in the 14th century

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29 Mar 2020

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“Entire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entire. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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