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

There’s a whole network of people who make albums happen with an artist, including songwriters and producers. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "The Woman Behind The Jonas Brothers & Ariana Grande Shares Their Secrets To Topping The Charts," 24 Aug. 2019 The creators are not always successful (see: Solo), but what’s even riskier is placing bets on a whole new set of characters utterly unconnected to the battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "What's Happening in the Star Wars Universe After Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker?," 24 Aug. 2019 Prior to the game, Van Dijk held a fascinating interview with talkSPORT, in which he was asked about a whole host of topics. SI.com, "Virgil van Dijk Reveals Best Teammate, Toughest Opponent, Favourite Game and More," 24 Aug. 2019 The outing was part of their training, and the K-9 class stayed polite and alert throughout the whole show. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A baby in Parliament, a new cat celebrity and the most wholesome choir ever," 24 Aug. 2019 Biotech startups need to consider patent applications, health and safety regulations and a whole host of biotech-specific paperwork. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ex-Googler’s startup studio picks 2 San Diego scientists to lead first venture," 24 Aug. 2019 Keenan’s voice is gentler—older—intact, still hovering and swerving, still making its folky dips and flutters, but with hardly a tight-chested scream on the whole album. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Persistent Complexity of Tool," 24 Aug. 2019 Missy inspired a whole generation of women to find the confidence within themselves to go out and conquer the world unapologetically. Nadia Neophytou, The Hollywood Reporter, "Missy Elliott’s Costume Designer on the Rapper’s Style and MTV’s Interactive Museum," 23 Aug. 2019 Downtown businesses in Westminster and the city’s mayor will welcome the incoming class at McDaniel College on Saturday, Aug. 24, as the whole group of about 600 students makes its way downtown. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Downtown Westminster businesses, farmers market to welcome hundreds of McDaniel College freshmen Saturday," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nico Collins, the team's leading receiver last fall, wasn't targeted enough, and as a whole the Wolverines weren't aggressive enough. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's offense regressed against Army — plain and simple," 7 Sep. 2019 Likely voters remain older, richer, more educated and whiter than the state as a whole. Jen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Inside the Ghost Ship trial verdict," 6 Sep. 2019 Inaction, or being perceived to endorse an agenda that fails to meet the rising threat of climate change, poses a risk to not only the companies themselves, but the broader business community, and society as a whole. Fortune, "Energy Companies Have the Power to Act on Social Purpose," 5 Sep. 2019 This year’s festival as a whole proved to be a particularly gratifying affair. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "From “The Two Popes” to a Judy Garland biopic, the best films from the 2019 Telluride Film Festival," 5 Sep. 2019 For another, no one on the face of this planet has ever actually believed that an unenforced mandate is crucial to the operation of Obamacare as a whole. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The GOP’s Self-Made Health-Care Conundrum," 5 Sep. 2019 His vision redefined fashion photography as a whole, ushering in an era of natural beauty captured in raw portraits that highlighted women in a new light. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Peter Lindbergh, Legendary Fashion Photographer, Dies at 74," 4 Sep. 2019 All that could be determined was whether the committee as a whole had chosen them for a research position. John Timmer, Wired, "Scientists Avoid Bias When They Know They're Being Tested," 1 Sep. 2019 At the same time, they were used on a regular basis by both rich and poor, so the coins help us understand how changes under Norman rule impacted on society as a whole. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Medieval Coin Hoard Offers Evidence of Early Tax Evasion," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Whether Southampton would want to lose him is a whole different question. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Spurs' Dybala Bid Revealed, Dembele to Man Utd, Bakayoko to Leave Chelsea & More," 26 July 2019 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

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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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