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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To peel whole peaches, fill a large bowl with ice water. Will Coleman, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2022 But the steep loss in the value of Berkshire's portfolio is not the whole story. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 8 Aug. 2022 Enjoy raw bar, whole Maine lobster, crab boil and a boatload of other seafood specials, plus live music, beer and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2022 The tribes with basin rights formed the Colorado River Basin Tribal Coalition in 2020 to advance a whole-basin approach to river management, and to develop a consensus on advocating for their rights to water, and clean water in particular. AZCentral.com, 8 Aug. 2022 But because the whole point of Claim to Fame is for contestants to keep their own famous family member a secret while trying to figure out who everyone else is related to, Amara has to change a few details in the telling. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 8 Aug. 2022 Eilish turned 20 on Dec. 18 and honored her winter birthday with a treat covered in crushed and whole candy canes and topped with green, red and orange candles. People Staff, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 Keep in Mind: These shoes only come in whole sizes. Brittany Vanderbill, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Aug. 2022 Well, there's a whole story about inflation there, Senator, but that's for another day. CBS News, 7 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tech sector also reported fresh waves of layoffs and hiring freezes, raising questions about whether the job market as a whole was teetering and if a recession was barreling closer. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 Inflated prices don’t necessarily hurt the economy as a whole, and only those consumers making purchases experience the increase. WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 Hence LegacyShift also has the potential to create more inclusive, diverse and equitable workplaces, yielding further benefits to companies and to society as a whole. Paolo Gaudiano, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Then again, the last three episodes suggest that Ridley and Cuse aren’t quite sure what the show is as a whole. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Aug. 2022 If this matter can be successfully dealt with by the Japanese music industry as a whole, the domestic music market would become even more promising. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 9 Aug. 2022 For the season as a whole, Iaconetti and husband Jared Haibon are still tuned in. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 The Patriots, as a whole, also want to take it up a notch after allowing 126.5 yards per game, 24th in the NFL last season. Karen Guregian, Hartford Courant, 7 Aug. 2022 No one expects that to happen to the country as a whole. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The spices come whole, so throw in one of our best pepper mills to go with it. Samantha Macavoy, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 Hits include the Isle of Mull diver scallops with apple, Persian lemons and wasabi, whole roasted turbot and spinach and broccoli filo tart. Shivani Vora, Robb Report, 18 July 2022 Administration officials said the $10 billion cost of the gas tax holiday would be paid for and the Highway Trust Fund kept whole, even though the gas taxes make up a substantial source of revenue for the fund. Nikolas Lanum, Fox News, 24 June 2022 Administration officials said the $10 billion cost of the gas tax holiday would be paid for and the Highway Trust Fund kept whole, even though the gas taxes make up a substantial source of revenue for the fund. Josh Boak, BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2022 Administration officials said the $10 billion cost of the gas tax holiday would be paid for and the Highway Trust Fund kept whole, even though the gas taxes make up a substantial source of revenue for the fund. Josh Boak, ajc, 22 June 2022 Administration officials said the $10 billion cost of the gas tax holiday would be paid for and the Highway Trust Fund kept whole, even though the gas taxes make up a substantial source of revenue for the fund. Josh Boak, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2022 Administration officials said the $10 billion cost of the gas tax holiday would be paid for and the Highway Trust Fund kept whole, even though the gas taxes make up a substantial source of revenue for the fund. Josh Boak, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 Employees should also receive flexibility, more work-life balance and whole-being care. April Jones, Forbes, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for whole

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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