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 The only reason to open clubhouses was to let players get work in, but there was no way the rain would let up long enough for Thursday night’s game to be played in its entirety. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "'Player safety?' Anthony Rizzo irked by long Cubs-Reds rain delay Thursday at GABP," 31 July 2020 His funeral Thursday, shown on all broadcast and cable news networks in its entirety, was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. — with whom Lewis fought and marched — was once pastor. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How Obama and Rev. Warnock made John Lewis' funeral a call to action — and remarkable TV," 31 July 2020 This article was originally published in its entirety in the International Monetary Fund's blog. Nicoletta Batini, CNN, "4 steps we must take to fix the world's broken food system," 31 July 2020 But now that it has been operated in its entirety (only sections had been tested previously), there is a chance that the barrier can be used this winter if Venice is threatened by a sea surge like the one that swamped the city in November 2019. The Economist, "Parting the waters Venice tests its flood defences," 12 July 2020 But last Friday, thanks to Disney+, anyone with a subscription could see it in its entirety—right down to Jonathan Groff’s King George spit. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "The Triumphant, Complicated Return of Hamilton," 10 July 2020 In the past, each side has accused the other of starting border skirmishes in the region, which both claim in its entirety. Washington Post, "Pro-India leader, 2 family members killed in Kashmir," 9 July 2020 If a majority in both houses vote against the President's vetoes, the law will be approved in its entirety. Rodrigo Pedroso And Zamira Rahim, CNN, "Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro vetoes Covid-19 protections for indigenous people," 8 July 2020 My Morning Jacket is also hosting an online listening party on Facebook and YouTube where fans will get to hear The Waterfall II in its entirety early on Thursday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "My Morning Jacket releasing first new album in 5 years with The Waterfall II," 7 July 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Entirety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entirety. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce entirety (audio) How to pronounce entirety (audio)

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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