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 And when the analysis is politically motivated, as is all too common, the whole thing is worthless. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "‘Stuffing Their Mouths with Gold’ — Selling the Biden/Yellen Tax Cartel," 10 Apr. 2021 When a local clinic with extra doses welcomed the team to get vaccinated, Spring said, nearly the whole team jumped at the opportunity. Clare Proctor, chicagotribune.com, "With viral video, University of Illinois gymnast shines light on vaccine advocacy and his sport," 9 Apr. 2021 Don't underestimate the time, energy, drive and planning needed from your whole team. Raman Sehgal, Forbes, "Three Ways To Avoid A Painful Rebrand Experience," 9 Apr. 2021 Honestly, the whole thing about Byron and smells is so funny to me and will never stop being funny to me. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Made for Love Recap: I Can Show You the World," 8 Apr. 2021 Thought lost to time, the whole thing has now been uploaded to YouTube in two parts by 5TV, the successor to original broadcaster Leningrad Television. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The 5 most surprising moments from the Lord of the Rings adaptation you've never heard of," 7 Apr. 2021 Then Flo Thamba and Matthew Mayer and now it’s the whole team, every player on the Baylor roster, standing on that table and asking the crowd to get louder. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: In NCAA title game everyone wanted, Baylor delivers performance nobody saw coming," 6 Apr. 2021 Some rank-and-file Republicans, a former Republican congressman and one contender for governor have publicly complained the whole thing has been rigged to favor one candidate or another. Washington Post, "Unorthodox Republican contest for Virginia governor breeds confusion, suspicion," 4 Apr. 2021 This whole thing maybe could have—perhaps should have—worked. Lauren Puckett, Town & Country, "Hulu's WeWork Doc Director Jed Rothstein on the Mythology and Tragedy of the Unicorn's Downfall," 4 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All of this has had a seismic effect on both individuals and society as a whole. Jane Sparrow, Forbes, "Poly-Working: What Businesses Need To Know For Effective Working In 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 The longterm effects on Iran's atomic program as a whole also remain unclear. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: Iran atomic sites targeted by diplomacy, sabotage," 12 Apr. 2021 As a whole, our firm has been super supportive throughout the pandemic. Fortune, "The best big companies to work for in 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 Orange County as a whole has experienced a remarkable demographic shift in the last two decades with the arrival of more Asian and Latino residents, who have helped tilt the area toward Democrats. Los Angeles Times, "Police declare unlawful assembly as tensions increase among rival demonstrators at Huntington Beach rally," 11 Apr. 2021 Fan reflects movingly on the consequences of anti-Asian rhetoric and violence, both for the immediate victims and for the community as a whole. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: The Asian-American Experience," 11 Apr. 2021 The movie as a whole is hilarious and heartbreaking, the story of Russell (Jordan Nagai), a kid who doesn’t fit in taking a magical journey with a grumpy old widower Carl (Ed Asner). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "The best movies to watch with family, from 'Up' and 'Black Panther' to 'Wizard of Oz'," 10 Apr. 2021 In fact, as Pentagon leaders are quick to say, the military cannot be a reflection of the United States without hosting the same kinds of people and allegiances that are embedded in the population as a whole. BostonGlobe.com, "After Capitol riot, Pentagon announces new efforts to weed out extremism among troops," 10 Apr. 2021 The Bay Area’s progress against the virus generally matches California’s as a whole. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "No yellow tier yet for Bay Area counties, as case counts creep up," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb What would make San Diego fans whole before opening day? Jay Paris, Forbes, "Ascending Padres Have Become Must-See TV In San Diego," 28 Feb. 2021 The mRNA at the heart of the Pfizer vaccines is much more fragile than previous vaccine technologies, which typically used whole, inactivated viruses. Philip Kiefer, Popular Science, "Storing the Pfizer vaccine could get a lot simpler in coming weeks," 19 Feb. 2021 In the paper, the pontifical academy noted that medical advances and demographic changes are making the world as a whole older, citing U.N. data that by 2050, one person in every five will be over age 60. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Vatican seeks elder care rethink after COVID-19 'massacre'," 9 Feb. 2021 The butcher case has whole smoked turkey breasts and slabs of ribs ready to heat and eat. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "With crawfish and barbecue, the next act for a festival food pro emerges in Gentilly," 4 Feb. 2021 The lab is currently performing whole-genome sequencing at about 145 specimens a week, which is the capacity. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Hunt for Covid-19 Variants Looks to Ramp Up in New York Labs," 30 Jan. 2021 That makes them among the busiest labs in the country and their work accounts for between 6% and 7% of all coronavirus whole genome sequencing in the United States. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan readies for impact of new COVID strain that could dominate the U.S. by March," 18 Jan. 2021 In early December, Florida wildlife photographer Shellie Gilliam captured video of a great blue heron swallowing whole a juvenile alligator. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "The great blue heron towers above other water birds," 29 Dec. 2020 Depending on the customer, Padilla said, garlic will be packaged whole at the Enfield plant or peeled, minced and made into powder and paste. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Garlic processing plant approved in Enfield," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Whole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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