en·​tire·​ty | \in-ˈtī-rə-tē, -ˈtī(-ə)r-tē \
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 police statement said authorities will decide whether to release footage once it has been reviewed in its entirety. Fox News, "Man slain in Baltimore police shootout was paroled this year," 25 Sep. 2018 That man, Conan O'Brien, celebrated the milestone on Thursday by posting his debut NBC episode on YouTube in its entirety—and promising more to come. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Conan O’Brien’s complete late-night TV archive will be posted online in January [Updated]," 13 Sep. 2018 And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (July 10), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Drake Claims 7 of Hot 100's Top 10, Breaking the Beatles' Record, As 'Nice For What' Returns to No. 1 For Eighth Week," 9 July 2018 Some competitors like Natasia GreyCloud had their moments shown in their entirety. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice’ Fans Are Outraged About the Battle Rounds Mysteriously Getting Cut Short," 23 Oct. 2018 The Model 3 takes the next step in strange by disregarding the button in its entirety. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Hardest Things To Get Used to on the Tesla Model 3," 10 Oct. 2018 Curator Christina Riggs, a professor at the University of East Anglia, is the first individual to study the visual archive in its entirety. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rare Photographs Put Focus on Egyptians Who Worked Alongside Carter to Excavate Tutankhamun’s Tomb," 9 July 2018 Nor may the Service be stored (in its entirety or in any part) in databases for access by you or any third party or to distribute any database Services containing all or part of the Service. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018 Instead, the company uploaded the film in its entirety—apparently by accident. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Sony tries to upload movie trailer to YouTube, posts entire movie instead," 3 July 2018

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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, -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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