• (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈtaɪə/, /ənˈtaɪə/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪnˈtaɪɚ/, /ənˈtaɪɚ/

entire (not comparable)

  1. (sometimes postpositive) Whole; complete.
    We had the entire building to ourselves for the evening.
    • 1624, John Donne, “17. Meditation”, in Deuotions upon Emergent Occasions, and Seuerall Steps in My Sicknes: […], London: Printed by A[ugustine] M[atthews] for Thomas Iones, OCLC 55189476 ↗; republished as Geoffrey Keynes, John Sparrow, editor, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions: […], Cambridge: At the University Press, 1923, OCLC 459265555 ↗, lines 2–3, page 98 ↗:
      No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; {{...}
  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 ℂ.
  5. (of a, male animal) Not gelded.
  6. morally whole; pure; sheer
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
      See now, whether pure fear and entire cowardice doth not make thee
      wrong this virtuous gentlewoman to close with us.
    • No man had ever a heart more entire to the king.
  7. Internal; interior.
Related terms Translations Noun


  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 2005, p. 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 2006, p. 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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