whole

adjective
\ ˈhōl How to pronounce whole (audio) \

Definition of whole

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(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 : having all its proper parts or components : complete, unmodified whole milk a whole egg
3a : 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
4a : constituting an undivided unit : unbroken, uncut a whole roast suckling pig
b : directed to one end : concentrated your whole attention
5a : 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 : constituting the entirety of a person's nature or development educate the whole student
7 : having the same father and mother whole brother

whole

noun

Definition of whole (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a complete amount or sum : a number, aggregate, or totality lacking no part, member, or element
2 : something constituting a complex unity : a coherent system or organization of parts fitting or working together as one
in whole
: to the full or entire extent : wholly usually used in the phrase in whole or in part
on the whole
1 : in view of all the circumstances or conditions : all things considered
2 : in general : in most instances : typically

whole

adverb

Definition of whole (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : wholly, entirely a whole new age group— Henry Chauncey
2 : as a complete entity

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Other Words from whole

Adjective

wholeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for whole

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of whole in a Sentence

Adjective 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fortunately, there’s a whole world out there beyond the city limits. Adam Lapetina, Travel + Leisure, "6 Best Road Trips From Chicago," 31 May 2020 That’s the whole point of OPEC, and now OPEC+, which in recent years added Russia and nine other countries. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "What happened in oil and gas?," 29 May 2020 When the planet stopped still, my best friend the bicycle suddenly made a whole lot of sense. Jason Gay, WSJ, "You Will Probably Ride a Bicycle in 2020," 29 May 2020 Eye on his future Former Notre Dame men’s basketball Pat Connaughton did a whole lot of good last week for a lot of people around southeast Wisconsin. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Why Notre Dame and Navy should scrap plan to play in Dublin," 26 May 2020 The whole point of chaining was to push outward from a target’s immediate contacts to the contacts of contacts, then contacts of contacts of contacts. Barton Gellman, Wired, "Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network," 24 May 2020 The whole process to get a drug to market usually takes several years. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Please, We Beg You, Do Not Try to Make Hydroxychloroquine At Home," 22 May 2020 Indeed, as one of the greatest modern historians, the Frenchman Marc Bloch, had argued fifty years earlier, the whole point of comparison, when responsible, is to isolate what is singular and thus in need of new attention. Samuel Moyn, The New York Review of Books, "The Trouble with Comparisons," 19 May 2020 The whole point of those scenes is never to have just a moment for the sake of it. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "How “Normal People” Makes Us Fall in Love," 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The county as a whole, however, has not required the use of face masks in public. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 13-14," 15 May 2020 Researchers reported last week that April of 2020 has tied for the hottest April on record, and that there is a seventy-five-per-cent chance that this year will become the hottest one ever measured for the globe as a whole. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "One Crisis Doesn’t Stop Because Another Starts," 14 May 2020 Up until now, efforts to house that high-risk population in Indianapolis, and the state as a whole, have fallen largely on organizations such as the Damien Center and Hotels for Homeless in Bloomington. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis plans to move at-risk homeless to hotel to avoid coronavirus outbreaks," 14 May 2020 All had major impacts on R&B and the music industry as a whole. CNN, "R&B lost three legends this weekend in Little Richard, Andre Harrell and Betty Wright," 11 May 2020 To create its index, Morning Consult each day surveyed more than 6,000 U.S. consumers on their views about current and future personal financial conditions and business conditions in the country as a whole. Amanda Drane, Houston Chronicle, "Texas consumer confidence slips but remains higher than average, data shows," 8 May 2020 This show is less about the technical elements of fashion and more about the design as a whole. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "These Are the TV Shows T+L Editors Are Binge-watching Right Now," 4 May 2020 Intentional investments in the most vulnerable – while the moral thing – is the financially smart move as inequality hinders economic growth, undermining the strengthening of the nation as a whole. Tracey Ross, Essence, "For Black People, The Country Returning ‘Back To Normal’ Is Not Good Enough," 27 Apr. 2020 Moral-hazard worries often arise during crises, when governments face pressure to save struggling institutions for the sake of the economy as a whole. The Economist, "Free exchange How to think about moral hazard during a pandemic," 25 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The rescue package approved by Congress does a good job of keeping workers whole through this disruption. Dean Baker, The New Republic, "Building an Economy That Works Again," 14 May 2020 The restaurant offers a family spread that includes smoked salmon salad, whole smoked chicken, roasted potatoes, smoked cauliflower and baked dinner rolls from La Francaise Bakery. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "D-FW restaurants offering takeout, dine-in meals for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2020 The insanely popular video game that swallowed children whole more than a year ago just spit them back up Sunday night, when the entire digital universe that’s been their virtual home shut down. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: On Columbus Day, a Fortnite discovery," 15 Oct. 2019 These small actions, by a community that cares, add up to a whole greater than the sum of its parts: a town in which everyone has agency to make responsible environmental choices. Kate Wertheimer, Sunset Magazine, "These Eight Towns Are Exceptionally Committed to Sustainability," 8 Apr. 2020 The insanely popular video game that swallowed children whole more than a year ago just spit them back up Sunday night, when the entire digital universe that’s been their virtual home shut down. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: On Columbus Day, a Fortnite discovery," 15 Oct. 2019 Besides eating the whole grains whole, consuming things made with whole grain flours is another way to get at the good stuff. Katie Workman, NBC News, "6 healthy whole grains to try tonight," 12 Mar. 2020 The insanely popular video game that swallowed children whole more than a year ago just spit them back up Sunday night, when the entire digital universe that’s been their virtual home shut down. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: On Columbus Day, a Fortnite discovery," 15 Oct. 2019 The insanely popular video game that swallowed children whole more than a year ago just spit them back up Sunday night, when the entire digital universe that’s been their virtual home shut down. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: On Columbus Day, a Fortnite discovery," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of whole

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whole

Adjective

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

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The first known use of whole was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Whole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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whole

adjective
How to pronounce whole (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of whole

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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.

whole

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whole (Entry 2 of 3)

: something that is full or complete

whole

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of whole (Entry 3 of 3)

: entirely or completely
: in one piece that has not been cut into parts

whole

adjective
\ ˈhōl How to pronounce whole (audio) \

Kids Definition of whole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made up of all its parts : total, entire the whole family
2 : all the the whole week
3 : not cut up or ground a whole onion
4 : not scattered or divided I gave it my whole attention.
5 : having all its proper parts : complete whole milk
6 : completely healthy or sound in condition Your care made me whole again.

Other Words from whole

wholeness noun

whole

noun

Kids Definition of whole (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is full or complete The whole of my day was spent working.
2 : a sum of all the parts and elements the whole of creation
on the whole
1 : all things considered
2 : in most cases

whole

adjective
\ ˈhōl How to pronounce whole (audio) \

Medical Definition of whole

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

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