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

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 China has had increasingly tense territorial spats in recent years with the Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia in the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety on historical grounds. Jim Gomez, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 While determining who is responsible for fraud will be unique to each circumstance, marketplaces need to prioritize protecting e-commerce in its entirety—if consumers lose confidence in the overall process, everyone will suffer the consequences. Ariel Katz, Forbes, 25 July 2022 The upcoming exhibition will mark the first time the Keithley gift is on view in its entirety. Steven Litt, cleveland, 25 July 2022 Carlile is a longtime Mitchell devotee and has even performed the latter’s classic album Blue in its entirety. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 24 July 2022 Interplastic has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit in its entirety. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 22 July 2022 And be sure to read the instructions in their entirety before using to avoid unnecessary mishaps! Jillian Ruffo, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 July 2022 Check out the top 10 summer songs every year throughout the Hot 100’s history (from the chart’s start in 1958) and the latest Songs of the Summer chart in its entirety. Gary Trust, Billboard, 19 July 2022 Back then, a massive number of animals fell into something like a mudslide and were preserved almost in entirety. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of entirety

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Aug 2022

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“Entirety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entirety. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for entirety


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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