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 shows will feature Morissette performing her 1995 album in its entirety, with openers including Garbage, Liz Phair, and Julia Stone. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2021 Note that the full list contains 78 items and can be viewed in its entirety over here. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 1 June 2021 The Threats to American Democracy and the Need for National Voting and Election Administration Standards, can be read in its entirety here. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 1 June 2021 No car is manufactured in its entirety from a box of parts like a puzzle. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 31 May 2021 Planet Earth appears before you in its entirety, glowing against the dark vastness. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 May 2021 The three panels, which measure 25 by 16 by 75 feet in their entirety, now will rest in storage as the airport prepares to move them to their new home in the Rental Car Center. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2021 Following are their thoughts and comments on the subject, quoted in their entirety. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 26 May 2021 The Biden administration is appealing a judge’s order directing it to release in its entirety a legal memo on whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice during the Russia investigation. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, 25 May 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Entirety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entirety. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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