Meaning of “entire” in the English Dictionary

"entire" in British English

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entireadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ɪnˈtaɪər/ us /ɪnˈtaɪr/

B2 whole or complete, with nothing missing:

Between them they ate an entire cake.
He'd spent the entire journey asleep.
They got an entire set of silver cutlery as a wedding present.

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  • A sense of doom hung over the entire country.
  • Only one goal was scored in the entire match.
  • The mountains stretch the entire length of the country.
  • He spent the entire afternoon watching a cricket match.
  • His entire working life was spent with the same firm.

(Definition of “entire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"entire" in American English

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entireadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪnˈtɑɪər/

whole or complete, with nothing lacking, or continuous, without interruption:

He read the entire book on the flight to Buenos Aires.
I spent an entire month writing that report.
entirely
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ɪnˈtɑɪər·li/

I admit it was entirely my fault.

(Definition of “entire” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)