Definition of integral adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪntɪɡrəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɪɡrəl//
    ; BrE BrE//ɪnˈteɡrəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈteɡrəl//
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  1. 1being an essential part of something Music is an integral part of the school's curriculum. integral to something Practical experience is integral to the course.
  2. 2[usually before noun] included as part of something, rather than supplied separately All models have an integral CD player.
  3. 3[usually before noun] having all the parts that are necessary for something to be complete an integral system
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from late Latin integralis, from integer ‘whole’, from in- (expressing negation) + the root of tangere ‘to touch’. Compare with integrate and integrity.
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