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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The royal reporter also shared a full transcript of Prince Harry's speech, in case any royal fans want to read it in its entirety. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Made a Surprise Joint Appearance at WE Day," 6 Mar. 2019 Since independence from Britain in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, which is divided between the two countries but claimed by each in its entirety. Munir Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Pakistani PM willing to talk but warns India not to attack," 20 Feb. 2019 Others streamed the fight in its entirety on Twitch, in blatant circumvention of the rules of the site. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram’s verification system is useful, fair, and Twitter should copy it," 29 Aug. 2018 Most plans last for the entirety of your trip or for 30 days, whichever is shorter, Mr. Barr said. Kristin Wong, New York Times, "What Travel Insurance Does and Doesn't Cover," 27 June 2018 Perhaps more interesting is that Trump was gaining overall positive marks for the entirety of his North Korean approach. Harry Enten, CNN, "The collapse of the North Korea summit may have cost Trump his best issue," 24 May 2018 Buy Photo For the entirety of Quinn McCahon’s Malvern Prep career, people had only known the Haverford School as Inter-Ac champion, and that was simply too much for the senior to bear. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Malvern Prep tops Haverford School for Inter-Ac lacrosse title," 21 May 2018 To no one’s surprise, dozens of public companies either have asked the SEC to spare them from being selected for forced participation in the pilot or have opposed the pilot in its entirety. Stacey Cunningham, WSJ, "We’re Suing the SEC to Protect the Stock Market," 14 Feb. 2019 India and Pakistan each administer a part of Kashmir, but both claim the territory in its entirety. Munir Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Pakistani premier, president back rebels in Indian Kashmir," 5 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of entirety

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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