[ en-tahyuhr-tee, -tahy-ri- ]
/ ɛnˈtaɪər ti, -ˈtaɪ rɪ- /
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noun, plural en·tire·ties.

the state of being entire; completeness: Homer's Iliad is rarely read in its entirety.
something that is entire; the whole: He devoted the entirety of his life to medical research.



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Origin of entirety

1300–50; Middle English enter(e)te<Middle French entierete<Latin integritāt- (stem of integritās). See integer, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for entirety

/ (ɪnˈtaɪərɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state of being entire or whole; completeness
a thing, sum, amount, etc, that is entire; whole; total
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