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

all, concentrated, entire, exclusive, focused (also focussed), undivided

Synonyms: Noun

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

Antonyms: Adjective

diffuse, divided, scattered

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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

What a mess that was, the whole situation, so unfair. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn senior Donovan Williams’ strange four-year journey from Bob Diaco’s quarterback to Randy Edsall’s receiver and tight end is worth appreciating," 9 Aug. 2019 This week Australian researchers found that sustained heat waves—such as one that devastated the Great Barrier Reef in 2016—not only bleach corals but sometimes kill them, endangering whole reef ecosystems. Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You’re Not Goop: This Week’s Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 2019 In Melville’s day, the animals were seen as an endless economic resource, one with huge jaws that could swallow a person whole or ram a ship to pieces. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "There Is Going to be a ‘Moby-Dick’ Musical," 9 Aug. 2019 Problem is, there isn’t a good business model yet for such a thing, because the whole point would be to capture CO2 and stash it away. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom," 9 Aug. 2019 For that reason, the whole clause works like an adjective. June Casagrande, Burbank Leader, "A Word, Please: Verb-agreement errors can trip up even the most experienced writers," 8 Aug. 2019 As a whole, most of the wins went to the offense in the drill Mario Cristobal also refers to as the hamburger drill. oregonlive.com, "Oregon fall camp Day 5 practice observations: Offense gets edge in Oklahoma drill with Ducks in full pads, RB sick," 7 Aug. 2019 For cookie lovers who prefer to dunk, there also will be a milk bar serving oat, whole, soy, skim, chocolate and cereal milks. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Batch, the Cookie Company bringing gourmet cookies and milk bar to Flagler Village in Fort Lauderdale," 5 Aug. 2019 This decreases the reflectivity of the region as a whole (blue water absorbs more solar energy than white ice) and further increases Arctic warming. The Economist, "The Arctic is ablaze," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even though blood pressure increased during the game, findings revealed that, as a whole, fans had a lower blood pressure long after the match had finished. Ben Church, CNN, "It's official. Watching soccer can be good for your health," 11 Aug. 2019 Health-care spending in the United States has been increasing for decades, and costs for senior citizens are higher than those for citizens as a whole, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Couple dead in apparent murder-suicide left notes saying they couldn’t afford medical care, police say," 10 Aug. 2019 Yet an index of American exploration-and-production firms plunged by 12% in the week to August 7th, worse than the market as a whole. The Economist, "Investors fee the Permian," 9 Aug. 2019 Finally, Grant also predicted that the Blues will enjoy a good campaign with Lampard at the helm, given the quality of the club as a whole. SI.com, "Avram Grant on Why Frank Lampard Will Be Successful & New Motivational Book 'Win Your Mind'," 9 Aug. 2019 Ideally, these two alone can combine for the 13 sacks the Raiders had as a whole last season. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Five things to watch in Raiders’ exhibition debut against Rams," 9 Aug. 2019 Nearly 12% of Lovejoy High's students were on 504 plans compared to 8.9% of the district as a whole. Dallas News, "Does better access to disability accommodations give wealthy schools' kids an edge getting into college?," 9 Aug. 2019 The luxury real estate market often reacts and produces differently from the real estate market as a whole. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "LIV Sotheby’s International Realty hosts an event at Casteel Creek Retreat, listed for $78 million in Edwards," 8 Aug. 2019 See the charts below and above for more month-by-month details for Cleveland, the suburbs and Cuyahoga County as a whole. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County median home sales price slips some in July, but remains well above 2018 levels," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The chiles can be scattered whole over the dish or blended into the lime juice for an even more fiery effect. Los Angeles Times, "Master Class: Chef Gabriela Cámara on the endless options for aguachile," 7 Aug. 2019 The specimen also reveals that, like some predatory birds today, Microraptor had a taste for swallowing lizards whole and head-first. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Rare fossil in a fossil reveals a dinosaur's surprising last meal," 11 July 2019 As a result, save a rearguard that included goalkeeper Zack Steffen and defenders Matt Miazga and Omar Gonzalez, Berhalter’s team was a whole more fringe than core. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Fringe, Experimental USMNT Flops in Pre-Gold Cup Loss to Jamaica," 5 June 2019 Either way, structural relocation — generally done by towing buildings whole along roads or rails, or by disassembling and then reassembling them — presents massive engineering challenges. Jennifer Hattam, Discover Magazine, "How Engineers Move Massive Structures Without Breaking Them," 11 Mar. 2019 Wealthy families are building whole-house generators and installing batteries on their properties. Andrew Scurria And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Picks Bidders for Ailing Power Utility," 20 Jan. 2019 Economists generally say low barriers to trade and investment reduce consumer prices and allow capital to flow to the most productive companies and industries, making the economy as a whole more prosperous. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Global Monetary-Policy Official Decries U.S. Trade Measures," 25 Aug. 2018 Nvidia’s dueling GeForce Now services just got a whole less complicated—and a whole lot more appealing for Shield TV owners. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia Shield TV levels up to full-featured PC gaming with free GeForce Now beta," 11 July 2018 The squabs can be served whole or cut in half with kitchen shears; or, use a sharp knife to carve the meat away from the breast cage. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Oven-Roasted Squab and Watercress Salad Recipe," 17 Aug. 2011

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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 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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