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: having no element or part left out : whole
was alone the entire day
: complete in degree : total
their entire devotion to their family
: consisting of one piece
: intact
strove to keep the collection entire
: not castrated
: having the margin continuous or free from indentations
an entire leaf
entire adverb
entireness noun


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archaic : the whole : entirety
Choose the Right Synonym for entire

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
When workers can log on from any country and no longer need to be in the office—nor wearing a suit and tie—the entire process is democratized. Jane Thier, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2022 But ambitious young engineers who want to build structures or toys will get a feel for the entire design process, start to finish. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 Unlike their work together on Pam & Tommy, no prosthetics were required beyond the wigs that Moe prepared daily for quick application in the trailer, which meant that the entire process only took about 45 minutes with the pair working in tandem. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2022 Brown got a head start on setting up her Christmas tree display with boyfriend Jake Bongiovi in mid-November, and documented the entire process on Instagram. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2022 The entire, wildly complex process was undertaken with guidance from a Native advisory committee organized by a cultural consultant from the Gabrielino-Tongva community. Carolina A. Mirandacolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 The pressure of survival however, weighed heavily during the entire process of recording. Okla Jones, Essence, 16 Nov. 2022 Although the gubernatorial race had come down to the wire, Hobbs had maintained a steady lead over Lake during the entire weeklong vote-counting process. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2022 Taft won the nomination, yet Roosevelt refused to admit defeat, claiming the entire nominating process was fixed from the start. Time, 15 Nov. 2022
From Beyonce to Madonna, designers David and Phillipe Blond have spent almost two decades shaping fashion history When Beyoncé stepped on stage in a bodysuit back in 2014, her entire was encrusted in jewels, complete with 3D nipples. Kyle Rice, Rolling Stone, 24 July 2022 As storms and fires grow stronger in a warming world, so must the entire of infrastructure, including roads, power, buildings, and people need to be made resilient enough to withstand disasters. Camille Squires, Quartz, 3 Sep. 2021 As of 2021, the media bail bond for a felony is $10,000 — an amount that is nearly an entire's year worth of income for the people who can't afford it. Li Cohen, CBS News, 23 July 2021 Frequently in this production, the entire back wall becomes a movie screen, sometimes capturing live scenes on or just off stage. Brian Schaefer, Bloomberg.com, 6 May 2020 Vanore, a 37-year-old television producer, had an entire row to herself on the United Airlines flight last Thursday from Newark to Los Angeles. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2020 EDsmart, a college ranking website, is looking for a real die-hard Potterhead to binge-watch the entire Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2020 Red, Jackson-Posey and Donald Ghostone had three steals each while the entire Flower Mound team had just two for the game. Dallas News, 29 Feb. 2020 Shop the entire Nordstrom sale The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Entire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entire. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: having no element or part left out : complete
: being to the fullest degree : total
her entire devotion
: having the margin continuous and free from indentations
an entire leaf
entire adverb
entirely adverb
entireness noun

Legal Definition



: not capable of being divided into independent parts (as promises) : constituting an undivided unit
an entire contract
compare divisible, severable

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