One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The whole of something.‘she would have to stay in her room for the entirety of the weekend’
whole, sum, total, aggregate, totality, gross, sum total, grand totalView synonyms
- ‘The entirety of the universe flows in patterns and I am a tiny turn in the patterns of the universe.’
- ‘The entirety of medical records of a community are a non-renewable single good.’
- ‘The entirety of the Central and South American debt is a result of this operation.’
- ‘The entirety of this immense and civilised achievement is accessible only in libraries, or to those prepared to spend cash.’
- ‘The entirety of it is sensory overload, more than one can absorb in any one viewing.’
in its entirety
As a whole; completely.‘the poem is too long to quote in its entirety here’
completely, entirely, totally, fully, whollyView synonyms
- ‘The whole voyage took 46 days to complete and was followed in its entirety by the world's press.’
- ‘Both the articles are very well written and worth reading in their entirety.’
- ‘In its entirety, it would create the largest land turbine development in Europe, extending over five miles in length.’
- ‘All monies raised go in their entirety to these voluntary organisations.’
- ‘Anyone who seeks to understand this whole subject should carefully study this chapter in its entirety.’
- ‘Some are in their complete entirety, and some are just the titles, which is most frustrating.’
- ‘Whole sequences are played out in their entirety in front of the television cameras.’
- ‘Perhaps the best way to start discussing this review is to quote it almost in its entirety.’
- ‘The circular emblem is approximately four inches in diameter in its entirety.’
- ‘All relevant verses must be analyzed in their entirety and tied together to form a consistent whole.’
Middle English: from Old French entierete, from Latin integritas, from integer ‘untouched, whole’ (see entire). Compare with integrity.
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