What does entity mean?

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ˈɛn tɪ tien·ti·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. entitynoun

    that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)


  1. entitynoun

    That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form.

  2. entitynoun

    An existent something that has the properties of being real, and having a real existence.

  3. entitynoun

    Anything about which information or data can be stored in a database; in particular, an organized array or set of individual elements or parts.

  4. entitynoun

    The state or quality of being or existence.

    The group successfully maintains its tribal entity.

  5. Etymology: From Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin, present participle of esse, "to be".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Entitynoun

    Etymology: entitas, low Latin.

    Dear hope! earth’s dowry and heaven’s debt,
    The entity of things that are not yet:
    Subt’lest, but surest being. Richard Crashaw.

    Fortune is no real entity, nor physical essence, but a mere relative signification. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    God’s decrees of salvation and damnation both Romish and Reformed affix to mens particular entity, absolutely considered, without any respect to demeanours. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    Here entity and quiddity
    The souls of defunct bodies fly. Hudibras.

    All eruptions of air, though small and slight, give an entity of sound, which we call crackling, puffing, and spitting; as in bay salt and bay leaves, cast into the fire. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entitynoun

    a real being, whether in thought (as an ideal conception) or in fact; being; essence; existence

  2. Etymology: [LL. entitas, fr. L. ens, entis, thing, prop. p. pr. of esse to be: cf. F. entit. See Essence, Is.]


  1. Entity

    An entity is something that exists by itself, although it need not be of material existence. In particular, abstractions and legal fictions are usually regarded as entities. In general, there is also no presumption that an entity is animate. In business, an entity is a person, department, team, corporation, cooperative, partnership, or other group with whom it is possible to conduct business. Sometimes, the word entity is used in a general sense of a being, whether or not the referent has material existence, e.g., is often referred to as an entity with no corporeal form, such as a language. It is also often used to refer to ghosts and other spirits. The word entitative is the adjective form of the noun entity. Something that is entitative is "considered as pure entity; abstracted from all circumstances", that is, regarded as entity alone, apart from attendant circumstances.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Entity

    en′ti-ti, n. being: existence: a real substance. [Low L. entitat-emens (q.v.).]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entity' in Nouns Frequency: #1997

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entity in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of entity in a Sentence

  1. Frederic Bastait, Letters to the Economist March 5, 2005:

    The state is the great ficticious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.

  2. Neil Saunders:

    It indicates there is massive restructuring going on behind these scenes with a view to conserve cash as the company prepares for either bankruptcy or a sale. the business in its current form isn’t working and the hope will be that a smaller entity will be more financially viable.

  3. Ren Jianxin:

    We're pleased to have this opportunity working with Tronchetti and his team and continue to build together a world-class entity and a market leader in (the) global tire business.

  4. Patrick Ryan:

    Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that prohibits any entity and any person from transacting business with Tiktok after 45 days, that means that after Sept. 20, Patrick Ryan and 1,500 of my colleagues won't be able to receive a paycheck, because it will be illegal for the company to pay us. This is a step too far.

  5. Kevin McCarthy:

    I think the markets will be excited here that one entity here is taking action.

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