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entire

[en-tahyuh r] /ɛnˈtaɪər/
adjective
1.
having all the parts or elements; whole; complete:
He wrote the entire novel in only six weeks.
2.
full or thorough:
He has been given entire freedom of choice in this matter.
3.
not broken, mutilated, or decayed; intact:
We were fortunate to find this relic entire.
4.
unimpaired or undiminished:
His entire energies have gone into making the enterprise a success.
5.
being wholly of one piece; undivided; continuous:
The entire mood of the symphony was joyful.
6.
Botany. without notches or indentations, as leaves.
7.
not gelded:
an entire horse.
8.
Obsolete. wholly of one kind; unmixed or pure.
noun
9.
Archaic. the whole; entirety.
10.
an ungelded animal, especially a stallion.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English entere < Middle French entier < Latin integrum, accusative of integer whole; see integer
Related forms
entireness, noun
subentire, adjective
Synonyms
1. See complete.
Antonyms
1. partial. 3. defective.
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Examples for entire
  • It is the first effort by a state to put its entire prison system under private control.
  • Indirect effects of climate change can also cause entire species to go extinct.
  • Hardpan may be present throughout an entire garden or only in certain parts of it.
  • Can check answers for single clues or entire puzzles.
  • When the oil price crashed, the property market and then the entire banking system went down with it.
  • Infiltrating water tends to wash out the fine sediments, destabilizing the entire succession.
  • The entire trip from launch to splashdown was one big survival game and it's no difference from ours.
  • Being able to look at entire anti-atoms might give some further clue.
  • Commonly known as sea cows, sirenians are plant-eating mammals that spend their entire lives in water.
  • Ten million years from now the entire rift may be submerged.
British Dictionary definitions for entire

entire

/ɪnˈtaɪə/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) whole; complete the entire project is going well
2.
(prenominal) without reservation or exception; total you have my entire support
3.
not broken or damaged; intact
4.
consisting of a single piece or section; undivided; continuous
5.
(of leaves, petals, etc) having a smooth margin not broken up into teeth or lobes
6.
not castrated an entire horse
7.
(obsolete) of one substance or kind; unmixed; pure
noun
8.
a less common word for entirety
9.
an uncastrated horse
10.
(philately)
  1. a complete item consisting of an envelope, postcard, or wrapper with stamps affixed
  2. on entire, (of a stamp) placed on an envelope, postcard, etc, and bearing postal directions
Derived Forms
entireness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French entier, from Latin integer whole, from in-1 + tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for entire
entire
late 14c., from O.Fr. entier "whole, complete," from L. integrum (nom. integer) "whole, complete," lit. "untouched," from in- "not" + root of tangere "to touch" (see tangent).
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