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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Unfortunately, as addictive as these abilities are, this new entity inside her tears her apart, inside and out. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Spoilers! Why one pivotal X-Men scene in 'Dark Phoenix' almost broke Sophie Turner," 8 June 2019 But the defense attorneys argued the restaurants are entirely separate entities with separate hiring managers. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Trial begins in Thomas Keller discrimination lawsuit," 3 June 2019 Companies such as Twitter and Facebook are private entities, and they — unlike the US government — do not owe their users First Amendment rights. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre Twitter conspiracy theory, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 If the mission is successful, ispace could be the first private entity to place a craft around another celestial body other than the Earth, and then go on to make the first landing on another body's surface. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's Team Missed the $30 Million XPRIZE—But Now They're Going to the Moon Anyway," 26 Sep. 2018 There is no all-controlling entity with a vision for what their center should be. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "As our definition of luxury shifts, Walnut Street evolves with it | Elizabeth Wellington," 10 July 2018 Leaders show off $350M worth of busy site work The WDBA is a Canadian entity created to choose a consortium to build and operate the bridge. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Canadian entity overseeing Gordie Howe bridge project gets a new CEO," 26 June 2018 But there is no more political entity that gets money from the city than the Health Gap. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati council members agreed on a budget. Here are the winners and losers.," 25 June 2018 Although Shenandoah was just the latest entity to pass the ordinance, two other cities in Montgomery County also opted to extend the period, in which the city’s legal teams can investigate the rate and propose changes. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Shenandoah opts to delay Entergy base rate increase," 16 June 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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The first known use of entity was in 1596

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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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