en·​ti·​ty | \ ˈen-tə-tē How to pronounce entity (audio) , 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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In the hours that followed this announcement, women across the world took to social media to express their frustration at what many thought was an obvious fix for an entity whose foundation is built on precise math and science. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "NASA Cancels the First All-Female Spacewalk Because of a Too-Large Suit, and Hillary Clinton Isn’t Happy," 26 Mar. 2019 Among the witnesses was a Huawei executive who had run the Hong Kong company Skycom— an entity Ms. Meng was once a director of and which U.S. prosecutors in the current case allege was a front for Huawei’s business in Iran. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "The Public Face of Huawei’s Global Fight," 19 Jan. 2019 Translated into plain English, that means the company wants to act as an umbrella entity for numerous independent online media outlets that have been operating since June 2018. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 The new entity will consist of all the conglomerate’s internet interests outside of South Africa, including its 31% stake in Tencent, as well as holdings in Russian social-media operator Mail.ru Group Ltd. and U.S. online marketplace Letgo. ... Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Naspers to List Its $134 Billion Tencent Stake in Europe," 25 Mar. 2019 Stefanik beat a wealthy self-funder in the Republican primary—without the support of the National Republican Campaign Committee (the political entity that helps GOP candidates run for office). Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "Elise Stefanik Is Going to Bring Women Back to the GOP," 25 Mar. 2019 TechCrunch notes that the two entities had been working toward a resolution for some time. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Spotify and Wixen settle the music publishing company’s $1.6 billion lawsuit," 20 Dec. 2018 Northern Kentucky Tri-ED serves as the primary economic development entity for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties providing marketing, business retention/expansion and entrepreneurship services for the region. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Dan Tobertge resigns from Northern Kentucky Tri-ED," 13 July 2018 At first, Anthem deemed St. Vincent Health’s neighborhood hospitals out of network but in May, the two entities reached an agreement. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hendricks Regional Health disputes Anthem's payment rates at new Brownsburg hospital," 11 July 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

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


en·​ti·​ty | \ ˈen(t)-ət-ē How to pronounce entity (audio) \
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 How to pronounce entity (audio) \
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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