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From Middle English entere, enter, borrowed from Anglo-Norman entier, from Latin integrum, accusative of integer, from in- (not) + tangō (touch). Doublet of integer.

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entire (not comparable)

  1. (sometimes postpositive) Whole; complete.
    We had the entire building to ourselves for the evening.
  2. (botany) Having a smooth margin without any indentation.
  3. (botany) Consisting of a single piece, as a corolla.
  4. (complex analysis, of a complex function) Complex-differentiable on all of .
  5. (of a male animal) Not gelded.
    • 2018, Markus Zusak, Bridge of Clay, page 423:
      On top of that, he was entire, which meant his bloodline could carry on.
  6. Morally whole; pure; sheer.
  7. Internal; interior.

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entire (countable and uncountable, plural entires)

  1. (now rare) The whole of something; the entirety.
    • 1876, WE Gladstone, Homeric Synchronism:
      In the entire of the Poems we never hear of a merchant ship of the Greeks.
    • 1924, EM Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin, published 2005, page 19:
      ‘Then is the City Magistrate the entire of your family now?’
  2. An uncastrated horse; a stallion.
    • 2005, James Meek, The People's Act of Love, Canongate, published 2006, page 124:
      He asked why Hijaz was an entire. You know what an entire is, do you not, Anna? A stallion which has not been castrated.
  3. (philately) A complete envelope with stamps and all official markings: (prior to the use of envelopes) a page folded and posted.
  4. Porter or stout as delivered from the brewery.

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