en·​tire·​ty | \ in-ˈtī-rə-tē How to pronounce entirety (audio) , -ˈtī(-ə)r-tē How to pronounce entirety (audio) \
plural entireties

Definition of entirety

1 : the state of being entire or complete

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Examples of entirety in a Sentence

the entirety of an estate I wish that I could find a card for Valentine's Day that expresses the entirety of my love.
Recent Examples on the Web Season three, which premieres in its entirety, finds Annie entering a new phase in both her professional and personal life. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, "What to Watch on Hulu: ‘Some Kind of Heaven,’ ‘Shrill’ Final Season and Marvel’s ‘M.O.D.O.K.’," 8 May 2021 Only the very greatest can be watched in their entirety; the rest, even the near-great, require viewers to filter out aspects that are off, or oblivious, or merely distracting from the films’ vital essences. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Four Rarities from the TCM Festival," 7 May 2021 His parents had to quarantine with him for its entirety. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Angel for an outfielder: When Royse City baseball’s Gavin Lynch needed a kidney, a teammate’s mom stepped up," 7 May 2021 Conversations about the future all refer to a time after it’s gone, and that ends up being the thing that defines the future in its entirety. Johnny Hayes Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Wrestling with the ghosts of COVID past," 2 May 2021 The album in its entirety follows a very cohesive sound, pairing Slim's rap voice with a mix of semi-upbeat R&B-type beats. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Houston rapper Slim Thug gets romantic for new project 'SDS Vibes'," 28 Apr. 2021 Among other things, the office is investigating whether Murphy had access to the entirety of the evidence that had been turned over to the office, Foxx said. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx acknowledges she did not see video of Adam Toledo shooting or read errant statement before court hearing," 22 Apr. 2021 What if, then, beverage companies were to formulate and apply a net-zero approach to the entirety of their production process? Jonquil Hackenberg, Forbes, "Here’s Why Carbon Net-Zero Is Not Enough To Make Sustainability A Reality," 12 Apr. 2021 Marbles from the villa of Cardinal Albani and the studio of the sculptor and restorer Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, both properties and their contents purchased in their entirety, represent the tastes of the eighteenth century. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, "Light in the Palazzo," 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of entirety

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of entirety was in 1548

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12 May 2021

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“Entirety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entirety. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of entirety

: the whole or total amount of something


en·​tire·​ty | \ in-ˈtī-rə-tē How to pronounce entirety (audio) , -ˈtīr-tē \

Kids Definition of entirety

: the whole or total amount the entirety of the treasure


plural entireties

Legal Definition of entirety

1 : the state of being entire or complete in its entirety
2 : an undivided whole specifically : an interest in real property that cannot be divided — compare moiety
by the entirety also by the entireties
: by a husband and wife with undivided interests in the whole estate and a right of survivorship an estate held by the entirety — see also tenancy by the entirety at tenancy

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