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entire

adjective

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1 not divided or scattered among several areas of interest or concern
  • this matter is important, so please give me your entire attention

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2 not lacking any part or member that properly belongs to it
  • the entire team needs to be present for the photograph

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entire

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of entire (Entry 2 of 2)

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How is the word entire distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of entire are all, total, and whole. While all these words mean "including everything or everyone without exception," entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added.

the entire population was wiped out

How is all related to other words for entire?

All may equal whole, entire, or total.

all proceeds go to charity

When could total be used to replace entire?

The synonyms total and entire are sometimes interchangeable, but total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered.

the total number of people present

Where would whole be a reasonable alternative to entire?

The meanings of whole and entire largely overlap; however, whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away.

read the whole book

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The first known use of entire was in the 14th century

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“Entire.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/entire. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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