- having all the parts or elements; whole; complete: He wrote the entire novel in only six weeks.
- full or thorough: He has been given entire freedom of choice in this matter.
- not broken, mutilated, or decayed; intact: We were fortunate to find this relic entire.
- unimpaired or undiminished: His entire energies have gone into making the enterprise a success.
- being wholly of one piece; undivided; continuous: The entire mood of the symphony was joyful.
- Botany. without notches or indentations, as leaves.
- not gelded: an entire horse.
- Obsolete. wholly of one kind; unmixed or pure.
- Archaic. the whole; entirety.
- an ungelded animal, especially a stallion.
Origin of entire
Examples from the Web for entire
You cannot take your eyes off her for the entire film, as she vamps about, chewing up scenery and spitting out hearts.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
She had been, he says, the backbone of their family and losing her shifted their entire emotional landscape.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
“The tribe is really made of people who put travel as a priority in their entire lifestyle,” says Evita.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
For nearly her entire life Beyoncé has been giving us her blood, sweat, and tears in her career.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
The Stormfront crowd offers its own helpful political advice, not only for Scalise but also for the entire GOP.Racists Melt Down Over Steve Scalise
December 30, 2014
Throughout the dinner their entire absorption in each other was all but unbroken.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This illuminated the entire room, but in a partial and dismal manner.
Yet Andy's change of horses at Sullivan's place changed the entire problem.
Most people spent their entire lives in the same town or the same countryside.The Conquest of Fear
She had already forgotten the entire matter, and was deep in the merits of collars!Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (prenominal) whole; completethe entire project is going well
- (prenominal) without reservation or exception; totalyou have my entire support
- not broken or damaged; intact
- consisting of a single piece or section; undivided; continuous
- (of leaves, petals, etc) having a smooth margin not broken up into teeth or lobes
- not castratedan entire horse
- obsolete of one substance or kind; unmixed; pure
- a less common word for entirety
- an uncastrated horse
- a complete item consisting of an envelope, postcard, or wrapper with stamps affixed
- on entire(of a stamp) placed on an envelope, postcard, etc, and bearing postal directions
Word Origin and History for entire
late 14c., from Old French entier "whole, unbroken, intact, complete," from Latin integrum (nominative integer; see integer).