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nounplural noun entities

  • 1A thing with distinct and independent existence.

    ‘Church and empire were fused in a single entity’
    • ‘Segmenting the business into three distinct entities should make it more attractive to buyers.’
    • ‘Whether you believe in the literal existence of such entities is up to you.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, they will continue to act as if commodities are animate entities.’
    • ‘In any relation, one of the related entities is singled out as the primary focus of attention.’
    • ‘Within the dozen or so entities in this media group, there are sizeable differences too.’
    • ‘Those do not include giving rights to entities that other people happen to like.’
    • ‘You can watch these films as separate entities or as thematically linked nuggets.’
    • ‘The profit tax in the insurance sector is to be changed to the general regime for all other entities.’
    • ‘Companies are quite separate legal entities from the directors and indeed from the shareholders.’
    • ‘Songs began to be removed from the album-context, to be viewed once more as individual entities.’
    • ‘It is almost as if two unrelated entities are commiserating over a shared experience.’
    • ‘Perhaps today's corporate entities are little more than the fishes that have crawled out of the ocean.’
    • ‘We may be different legal entities but in our mind we have decided that all of us will be together.’
    • ‘Water vapour becomes tangible entities that look like stalactites and stalagmites.’
    • ‘Questions of social ontology are concerned with the nature of social entities.’
    • ‘There are some countries that I know exist, but are like anonymous entities to me.’
    • ‘In it, they describe a hierarchy of entities very much like what you're talking about here.’
    • ‘The two stories are very different entities, and really they feed into each other.’
    • ‘It follows, therefore, that great novels do not exist as entities in their own right.’
    • ‘Trade with these criminal entities becomes a condition of entry into the country.’
    organization, institution, establishment, body, operation
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    1. 1.1Existence; being.
      • ‘entity and nonentity’
      existence, being
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/ˈen(t)ədē/ /ˈɛn(t)ədi/


Late 15th century (denoting a thing's existence): from French entité or medieval Latin entitas, from late Latin ens, ent- ‘being’ (from esse ‘be’).