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
Examples of whole in a Sentence
The doctor assured me that the whole procedure would only take a few minutes.
The whole place was remodeled. It looks great now.
It's been a whole week since I've seen him.
I spent the whole summer traveling through Europe.
The whole evening was a great success.
She read the whole book in one day.
I've been waiting my whole life for this.
We decided to forget the whole thing.
We cooked a whole chicken.
The community center offers a whole range of programs. Noun
the landlord eventually refunded the whole of our deposit Adverb
We cooked the chicken whole.
The frog swallowed the fly whole. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Don't just climb the corporate ladder—aim to build a whole new one.—Daniyal Zafar, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Schwartz: This whole experience of looking back on the show, the making of the show, and the legacy of the show has been extremely gratifying.—Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 28 Nov. 2023 The greediest thieves go for the whole bike, and their tactics might trick you.—Matt Jancer, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Here’s how Minj and the whole family enjoy the dish to the fullest.—Michelle Konstantinovsky, SELF, 27 Nov. 2023 The stage presentation, including the video, likely produced by Kento Yamada, created a whole new world.—Billboard Japan, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 Tatcha is treating shoppers to a whole week of discounts.—Jenny Berg, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 Can substitute with half-and-half or whole milk if needed.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023 The whole family joined together in 2019, when the restaurateur received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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The group also gathers for less high-profile events too, of course.—Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023
On the whole, though, Hawley is much more restrained with the names compared to Season Four, which featured characters named Deafy Wickware, Doctor Senator, Rabbi Milligan, Constant Calamita, and Ethelrida Pearl Smutny, among many, many, many others.—Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 On the whole, Arcadia’s actors, who are undoubtedly capable of more, are painting with single colors and not bright ones.—Sara Holdren, Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 By controlling each facet—including the requisite software, server rack and cooling system—the bespoke design can better ensure that the whole is greater than the sum of its constituent parts.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 Once cast, the pieces must be fitted together into a whole.—Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 But the participants on the whole did not have their baseline cardiovascular risk factors—like cholesterol levels and blood pressure—under control, which can be done using existing tools such as statins and hypertension drugs.—Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2023 My first case was a 5-year-old girl whose mother had been killed along with her sister, and who had this massive wound in her right arm—the whole of the right arm.—Anna Gordon, TIME, 20 Oct. 2023 Grass fields are more expensive to maintain that turf on the whole, and they must be well kept and of high-quality grass, which can struggle in colder parts of the country in the winter months, CBS reported.—Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Ironically, though, the state is expected to see warmer-than-average conditions on the whole this winter, as weill the Pacific Northwest and northern New England.—Chris Morris, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023
Slice your strawberries if desired (keep scrolling for more on freezing whole vs. sliced).—Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2023 Someone captured a deer eating a snake whole earlier this week.—Vulture, 15 June 2023 Add two Hungarian wax peppers whole – keeping their stems on.—Gabriele Regalbuto, Fox News, 6 July 2023 Between bites of banku –a delicious corn and cassava dough formed in single-serving balls – and whole-grilled, freshwater tilapia seasoned with a traditional blend of aromatic herbs and spices, Eshun shares the story of her upbringing in Ohio until her repatriation to Ghana in 2018.—Tenille Clarke, Essence, 9 Jan. 2023 Today's commitment by Norfolk Southern is an important next step in the company's commitment to make the citizens of Ohio and of East Palestine whole after the recent derailment, a commitment Ohio will continue to monitor closely.—Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 16 Mar. 2023 Several prominent investors issued bombastic predictions that if the federal government did not step in to make all Silicon Valley Bank depositors whole — both insured and uninsured — there would be more bank runs on Monday.—Ken Sweet and Stan Choe, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2023 Compounding the worry: The prospects of arranging a quick sale to another bank in order to keep depositors whole dimmed through the weekend.—Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2023 But where Iris stands apart is in its protein: There's a whole-roasted quail that swims in a decadent sage and black-pepper butter sauce and finger-licking mastic-marinated lamb chops with black sesame.—Scott Bay, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Nov. 2022 See More
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Middle English hool healthy, unhurt, entire, from Old English hāl; akin to Old High German heil healthy, unhurt, Old Norse heill, Old Church Slavonic cělŭ
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)