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adjective \ˈhōl\

Simple Definition of whole

  • : complete or full : not lacking or leaving out any part

  • : having all the parts : not divided or cut into parts or pieces

  • : great or large in size, extent, etc.

Full Definition of whole

  1. 1 a (1) :  free of wound or injury :  unhurt (2) :  recovered from a wound or injury :  restored (3) :  being healed <whole of an ancient evil, I sleep sound — A. E. Housman> b :  free of defect or impairment :  intact c :  physically sound and healthy :  free of disease or deformity d :  mentally or emotionally sound

  2. 2 :  having all its proper parts or components :  complete, unmodified <whole milk> <a whole egg>

  3. 3 a :  constituting the total sum or undiminished entirety :  entire <owns the whole island> b :  each or all of the <took part in the whole series of athletic events>

  4. 4 a :  constituting an undivided unit :  unbroken, uncut <a whole roast suckling pig> b :  directed to one end :  concentrated <your whole attention>

  5. 5 a :  seemingly complete or total <the whole idea is to help, not hinder> b :  very great in quantity, extent, or scope <feels a whole lot better now>

  6. 6 :  constituting the entirety of a person's nature or development <educate the whole student>

  7. 7 :  having the same father and mother <whole brother>

whole·ness noun

Examples of whole

  1. The doctor assured me that the whole procedure would only take a few minutes.

  2. The whole place was remodeled. It looks great now.

  3. It's been a whole week since I've seen him.

  4. I spent the whole summer traveling through Europe.

  5. The whole evening was a great success.

  6. She read the whole book in one day.

  7. I've been waiting my whole life for this.

  8. We decided to forget the whole thing.

  9. We cooked a whole chicken.

  10. The community center offers a whole range of programs.

Origin of whole

Middle English hool healthy, unhurt, entire, from Old English hāl; akin to Old High German heil healthy, unhurt, Old Norse heill, Old Church Slavic cělŭ

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of whole

whole, entire, total, all mean including everything or everyone without exception. whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away <read the whole book>. entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added <the entire population was wiped out>. total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered <the total number of people present>. all may equal whole, entire, or total <all proceeds go to charity>.perfect, whole, entire, intact mean not lacking or faulty in any particular. perfect implies the soundness and the excellence of every part, element, or quality of a thing frequently as an unattainable or theoretical state <a perfect set of teeth>. whole suggests a completeness or perfection that can be sought, gained, or regained <felt like a whole person again after vacation>. entire implies perfection deriving from integrity, soundness, or completeness of a thing <the entire Beethoven corpus>. intact implies retention of perfection of a thing in its natural or original state <the boat survived the storm intact>.




Simple Definition of whole

  • : something that is full or complete

Full Definition of whole

  1. 1 :  a complete amount or sum :  a number, aggregate, or totality lacking no part, member, or element

  2. 2 :  something constituting a complex unity :  a coherent system or organization of parts fitting or working together as one

in whole
  1. :  to the full or entire extent :  wholly —usually used in the phrase in whole or in part

on the whole
  1. 1 :  in view of all the circumstances or conditions :  all things considered

  2. 2 :  in general :  in most instances :  typically

Examples of whole

  1. <the landlord eventually refunded the whole of our deposit>

14th Century

First Known Use of whole

14th century




Simple Definition of whole

  • : entirely or completely

  • : in one piece that has not been cut into parts

Full Definition of whole

  1. 1 :  wholly, entirely <a whole new age group — Henry Chauncey>

  2. 2 :  as a complete entity

Examples of whole

  1. We cooked the chicken whole.

  2. The frog swallowed the fly whole.

14th Century

First Known Use of whole

14th century

Medical Dictionary


adjective \ˈhōl\

Medical Definition of whole

  1. :  containing all its natural constituents, components, or elements :  deprived of nothing by refining, processing, or separation <whole milk>

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