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entire

[ en-tahyuhr ]
/ ɛnˈtaɪər /
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adjective
noun
Archaic. the whole; entirety.
an ungelded animal, especially a stallion.
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Origin of entire

1350–1400; Middle English entere<Middle French entier<Latin integrum, accusative of integer whole; see integer

OTHER WORDS FROM entire

en·tire·ness, nounsub·en·tire, adjective
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What does entire mean?

Entire describes something that is complete or whole, as in With my parents away for the weekend, I have the entire house to myself.

Entire also describes something that is in one piece or continuous, as in The entire mood of the class was worried as our teacher handed out the tests.

Example: The entire series is perfect and there are no bad episodes.

Where does entire come from?

The first records of the term entire come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Latin integer, meaning “whole.” In mathematics, an integer is a whole number.

While there are many senses of entire, all are related to this idea of wholeness or completeness. When you’re talking about something that is created in parts, such as a TV series, you would use entire to describe all parts as one. In casual conversation, you might use entire for emphasis, such as saying the entire movie was horrible so that others know you didn’t like any of it.

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How is entire used in real life?

Entire is a commonly used word to describe the wholeness of something.

 

 

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If you eat an entire cake, you’ve eaten a portion of it.

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What are other ways to say entire?

Something that is entire has all its parts or elements or is whole. How does entire compare to synonyms complete, intact, and perfect? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for entire

entire
/ (ɪnˈtaɪə) /

adjective
noun

Derived forms of entire

entireness, noun

Word Origin for entire

C14: from Old French entier, from Latin integer whole, from in- 1 + tangere to touch
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