whole

adjective
\ˈhōl \

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

able-bodied, bouncing, fit, hale, healthy, hearty, robust, sound, well, well-conditioned, wholesome

Synonyms: Noun

aggregate, full, sum, summation, sum total, total, totality

Antonyms: Adjective

ailing, diseased, ill, sick, unfit, unhealthy, unsound, unwell

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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

With this frequent exchanging of gifts comes a whole host of etiquette dilemmas that only a Southerner can solve. Southern Living, "The Etiquette of Giving: Your Gift Questions Answered," 12 July 2018 The company made a halfhearted attempt to chip away at Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, and other mirrorless specialists a few years ago with the Nikon 1 line, but as reported by NikonRumors, the whole series has now been discontinued. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Nikon discontinues its Nikon 1 lineup of mirrorless cameras," 11 July 2018 The whole play takes place over the course of just a few days. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: 'Romeo and Juliet' in Poway, a mix of modern with tradition," 11 July 2018 His quads are the size of my waist and whole upper body. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Even Eli Manning can't stop staring at Saquon Barkley's massive legs," 10 July 2018 My friend recorded the whole thing and put it on her Snapchat story. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "8 Girls Get Real About Their Crazy Sorority Experiences," 10 July 2018 Creator’s bot automates the whole process of preparing a burger. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 That whole process added an unexpected burst of entertainment to our evening. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 Van Hove and De Keersmaeker are now starting the casting and development process, looking for young performers skilled in dance, singing and acting, with dance being a crucial part of the whole audition process. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Winner Ivo van Hove to Direct 'West Side Story' on Broadway (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That combination is present not only in Drac’s character but also in these films as a whole. Kimber Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' hits the open seas with its creature comforts intact," 12 July 2018 But adorning your Kutte with patches and pins from other chapters represents a willingness to travel to meet with distant brethren and thus appropriately displays commitment to the community of the whole. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 But Atul Gawande is one of the special few who sees the whole in the parts. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Atul Gawande Is the Perfect Choice to Lead the Amazon, Berkshire, and JPMorgan Health Venture," 20 June 2018 The snake had swallowed the gator whole — and the snake's gut exploded. Elizabeth Finny And Sonia Osorio, miamiherald, "Python vs. gator: A trapper steps in to save a life in the Everglades," 18 June 2018 In a final attempt to break the deadlock, May has proposed a back-stop transition arrangement that keeps the whole of the U.K. in the customs union until a longer-term deal can be hammered out. NBC News, "Brexit is even messier than critics expected. So what happens now?," 10 June 2018 The exhibition, curated by Christophe Cherix, Cornelia Butler, David Platzker, and Tessa Ferreyros, spans Piper’s entire career and occupies the museum’s entire sixth floor—the first time MoMA has devoted the whole of this space to a living artist. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "Adrian Piper’s art plays with identity and confronts defensiveness.," 30 May 2018 Roofs caved in, as did interior floors that bound the whole together. David Usborne, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Case of the Parnham House Fire," 29 May 2018 Don't just swallow the moment whole without digesting what has actually happened here. Fox News, "Sen. Rubio on whether Trump has reversed course on China," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Fish, whether whole or cut, should be firm and shiny, but never soft, mushy, sticky or oily, signs of age. Nicole Sours Larson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 The prison had obtained whole-head lettuce that was consumed by the prisoners. Lena H. Sun And Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "Source of E.coli-contaminated romaine lettuce still a mystery, FDA says," 24 Apr. 2018 And at the opposite end of the spectrum, Bruges, a fairy-tale town just 20 minutes from Ghent by train, with brewhouses tucked between the castles, is a whole different kind of cool. Clodagh Kinsella, Condé Nast Traveler, "Northern Belgium Is Our New Favorite Food and Design Destination," 8 May 2018 But does the deep and traditional connection with women’s tennis make the men’s game and the sport as a whole more relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s audiences? Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams Is Set to Reclaim Her Leading Role in Tennis," 29 Jan. 2018 So much so that Dean does a whole fake proposal (ew, men never do this) with a key to his house. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "'The Bachelor Winter Games' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: A Couple Is Engaged, but It's Not Who You Think," 23 Feb. 2018 Portions of other large fish, such as opah, tuna, mako shark, wahoo, mahi mahi and monchong, are available as fillets or loins, which can be roasted whole or cut into steaks for grilling. Nicole Sours Larson, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Find your catch of the week(end) at outdoor fish market," 26 Sep. 2017 Portions of other large fish, such as opah, tuna, mako shark, wahoo, mahi mahi and monchong, are available as fillets or loins, which can be roasted whole or cut into steaks for grilling. Nicole Sours Larson, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Find your catch of the week(end) at outdoor fish market," 26 Sep. 2017 This whole confused mess started rather mundanely back in late 2014. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists on new supernova: WTF have we been looking at?," 8 Nov. 2017

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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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whole

adjective

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 \

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 \

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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