entirety

noun
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.

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Scientists instead study small plots, track others remotely, and draw inferences about the rest—unlike Arctic sea ice, which can be measured in its entirety by satellite. Katie Orlinsky, National Geographic, "Arctic permafrost is thawing fast. That affects us all.," 16 Aug. 2019 Orange Is the New Black is streaming in its entirety on Netflix. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Orange Is the New Black," 27 July 2019 The interview can be heard in its entirety on Garner’s SoundCloud account, but it was banned from airing on his show by his parent company, Cumulus Media. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: Pete Buttigieg Will Have To Deal With Homophobia In Every Community, Not Just The Black One," 24 July 2019 That procedure eliminated de novo appeals — under which a matter can be reviewed in its entirety without consideration of previous decisions by other bodies. Daily Pilot, "With a set of substantial projects in the works, Laguna council will consider way to fully cover city costs," 3 Aug. 2019 Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments last week. Andrew Dalton, Fortune, "A Jury Will Decide Damages Owed by Katy Perry for Copy of Christian Rap Song," 30 July 2019 Having been buried for centuries under sand with nothing built on top of it, Thamugadi is one of only a few Roman cities excavated in its entirety. Rubén Montoya, National Geographic, "The Sahara buried this ancient Roman city—preserving it for centuries," 30 July 2019 Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments this week. NBC News, "Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' copied Christian rap song, jury finds," 30 July 2019 Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments this week. Andrew Dalton, The Denver Post, "Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” copied Christian rap song, jury says," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of entirety

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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entirety

noun

English Language Learners Definition of entirety

: the whole or total amount of something

entirety

noun
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

entirety

noun
en·​tire·​ty
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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