a. Having no part excluded or left out; whole: I read the entire book. See Synonyms at whole.
b. Constituting the full amount, extent, or duration: We spent the entire day at the beach.
c. Not broken, decayed, or divided; intact: an old building with its roof entire.
d. With no reservations or limitations; complete: gave us his entire attention.
2. Not castrated.
3. Botany Not having an indented margin: an entire leaf.
4. Archaic Unmixed or unalloyed; pure or homogenous.
1. The whole; the entirety.
2. An uncastrated horse; a stallion.
[Middle English, from Old French entier, from Latin integrum, neuter of integer; see tag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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