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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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 In the first half of the year, hedge funds and their related entities have poured about $5.8 billion into the space, up from $5.3 billion for the entirety of 2017 (Thanks, Pitchbook!). Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 Unlike other salamanders, the mudpuppy is aquatic for the entirety of its life cycle and is easily identified by its external bushy reddish gills visible behind its head. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 Perhaps the greatest example of the two midfielders' contribution to the Croatia side was their 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stages, which saw both Rakitic and Modric score a goal and completely run the midfield for the entirety of the match. SI.com, "Bayern Munich Set to Offer €80m for Barcelona Star After Impressive World Cup," 9 July 2018 There's a reason it's been a default recommendation for the entirety of Ars Technica's existence. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "All highs, no lows: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata," 7 July 2018 The United States is a nation of immigrants, and that's been the case for the entirety of the nation's history. Michael Schaub, latimes.com, "Celebrate Independence Day with these 17 books by immigrant authors," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of entirety

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in its/their entirety

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The first known use of entirety was in 1548

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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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