en·​ti·​ty | \ˈen-tə-tē, ˈe-nə-\
plural entities

Definition of entity 

1a : being, existence especially : independent, separate, or self-contained existence

b : the existence of a thing as contrasted with its attributes

2 : something that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality

3 : an organization (such as a business or governmental unit) that has an identity separate from those of its members

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Examples of entity in a Sentence

One division of the company was broken off as a separate entity. the question of whether extrasensory perception will ever be a scientifically recognized entity

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The new entity could be called VMLY&R, according to one of the people. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "WPP Considers Merger of Young & Rubicam and Digital Ad Firm VML," 24 Sep. 2018 These are individuals typically that have a lot of both wisdom and experience and our entities inside the government. Fox News, "Adm. Mike Mullen on ex-intel officials keeping clearances; Mulvaney on potential storm clouds ahead for Trump economy," 19 Aug. 2018 On Monday, Ford spun out a new entity called Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Big automakers are breaking themselves apart to compete with Silicon Valley," 26 July 2018 Freed from overbearing parents, the new entities become more efficient at allocating capital. The Economist, "John Flannery gets down to business restructuring General Electric," 27 June 2018 Bernard only exists thanks to Dolores being able to recreate him from her own memories, which should tell us that Bernard can do the very same thing: create a new entity based on nothing more than his own recollection. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld': 9 Burning Questions for Season 3," 26 June 2018 As the Free Press and other news outlets have reported, the Moroun family recently transferred the title to the historic train station to a new business entity established by a law firm that is linked to Ford. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Matthew Moroun plans major announcement Monday morning at train station," 10 June 2018 The funds could then be placed under the control of a new nonprofit entity by the end of July, subject to a loan agreement that officials say would set terms about how the money could be spent. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Mayor Pugh's plan for $55 million investment fund meets City Council resistance," 31 May 2018 Beyond the task of negotiating with their colleagues across the aisle, Democrats will have to deal with an unstable entity: President Donald Trump. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "It’s official: Democrats will control the House," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of entity

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for entity

Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ent-, ens existing thing, from coined present participle of esse to be — more at is

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English Language Learners Definition of entity

: something that exists by itself : something that is separate from other things


en·​ti·​ty | \ˈen(t)-ət-ē \
plural entities

Medical Definition of entity 

: something (as a disease or condition) that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality whether the common cold is an entity has been debatedYear Book of Medicine


en·​ti·​ty | \ˈen-ti-tē \
plural entities

Legal Definition of entity 

: an organization (as a business or governmental unit) that has a legal identity which is separate from those of its members — see also alter ego, instrumentality, juridical person, legal person, pierce

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