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 Macdonald apologized on Twitter, The Tonight Show canceled his scheduled appearance — the whole thing was a mess. David Marchese, Vulture, 14 Sep. 2021 Better than nothing, but why not repeal the whole thing? Carried Interest. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 This whole thing was actually an effort to get Nicole to cast me in a movie. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Waters was pretty matter-of-fact about the whole thing afterward. Lori Riley, courant.com, 11 Sep. 2021 But the whole thing failed to come together before lawmakers left Sacramento. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Although just looking at the set list, the whole thing seemed somewhat generic and perhaps bordering on being a cover band. Stephen Rodrick, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2021 That kind of understanding is part of your whole thing, too. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 The whole thing created a rift in the relationship between my father and Toyota. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But on the whole, shows are still more frequently carrying on than facing the axe, adopting extra health measures like vaccine and negative Covid test requirements for entry. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2021 Sony has released a blog talking about the changes coming to the system after being tested in beta, which should make the PS5 better on the whole, though there’s stuff coming for PS4 and Sony’s mobile apps too. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 On the whole, though, Americans have grown more wary of government surveillance in the name of national security, the poll shows. Meg Kinnard And Emily Swanson, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Sep. 2021 On the whole, that golden age of archaeology was not overly concerned with the wishes of Indigenous populations. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 However, the odd thing is that passengers don’t seem to be malicious or disrespectful people on the whole. Peter Jakubowicz, Wired, 4 Sep. 2021 As for the season on the whole, USA Today Sports Dan Wolken offers up some dark horses. USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021 Yet consumers, on the whole, have amassed sizable stockpiles of savings, built up from stimulus checks, stock market gains and limited opportunities to spend money during the pandemic. Christopher Rugaber, ajc, 3 Sep. 2021 Still, the genre on the whole remained something of a stepchild within the larger Hollywood family … until now. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Tubers can be planted whole or cut into pieces with at least one eye per piece. Jodi Bay, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 Red Star’s work reclaims those portraits, infusing them with dignity and history through dense hand annotations, making vibrant and whole a series of pictures intended at the source to be partial and fading. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021 These two are sold whole, but Mr. & Mrs. Pickle sells sweet and spicy chips, as well. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Loud, ferocious, and unabashedly carnivorous, this Australian marsupial often wears out its prey over a long chase, then devours it whole, bones and all. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2021 That means: spending time with inspirational people, saying no to anyone or anything that would require you to lower your standards, and respecting your boundaries whole-heartedly. Meghan Ros, Glamour, 1 Aug. 2021 While diving for lobster off Provincetown, Mass., the 56-year-old apparently was swallowed whole by a humpback whale. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 That means: spending time with inspirational people, saying no to anyone or anything that would require you to lower your standards, and respecting your boundaries whole-heartedly. Meghan Ros, Glamour, 1 Aug. 2021 The wing options are a little more inspiring, maybe even a return of Andre Iguodala, who could fill both the wing and backup point guard role and would be welcomed back whole-heartedly by Curry, Green, Thompson and head coach Steve Kerr. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 July 2021

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