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 The test taker has a choice of four answers for each, and the whole thing takes 10 to 15 minutes. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Fever checks are a flawed way to flag Covid-19 cases. Experts say smell tests might help," 2 July 2020 The whole time her friend is recording the encounter. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Miami Officer Charged For Tasing, Kneeling On Black Woman's Neck Outside Miami Club," 29 June 2020 To many observers, the whole thing appears to be a tightrope walk without a safety net, propelled by dollar signs. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball branding completely off key with sponsored ‘Summer Camp’," 29 June 2020 First, this whole pandemic thing has shaken up the magazine world quite a bit. Sharon Carty, Car and Driver, "Sharon Silke Carty: Why Tackle the Greatest Cars of All Time Now?," 28 June 2020 Critics quickly called the whole thing a hoax, prompting Wallace to go on CNN to stand up for himself. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "Commentary: NASCAR's Bubba Wallace is ready to move on from noose, Confederate flag," 28 June 2020 Satellites captured legible images of the whole thing from space. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Race and Policing: Continuing Coverage," 26 June 2020 Ford reached a harrowing conclusion: the whole thing was a set-up, an excuse for the police to barge into the Black Panthers’ office and start shooting. oregonlive, "Long before ‘Defund Police’ movement, Portland’s Black Panthers sought ‘community control’ of police, pursued radical ballot initiative," 25 June 2020 The whole thing looked so ugly at first—so full of hate, and violence, and raw, undiluted prejudice against the protesters. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "America’s Uniquely Humiliating Moment," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cells in the former death row unit, Scott said, are not outfitted with electrical outlets and the unit as a whole doesn’t have air conditioning. Fox News, "Coronavirus cases surge in Ohio, highlighting troubling conditions in state's prisons," 3 July 2020 The decisions on wearing decals or patches would be left up to individual players but teams could decide to act as a whole, Wyche noted. CBS News, "NFL to play "Black anthem" before all Week 1 games, reports say," 3 July 2020 Japan as a whole still has a far lower infection rate than many other countries with 19,000 cases and 976 deaths. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Tokyo sees biggest spike in coronavirus cases in months," 2 July 2020 Connectivity as a whole was pretty good and worked as expected. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Surface Earbuds deliver on comfort and sound, but the price leaves you wanting more," 2 July 2020 All told, the carrier will add almost 25,000 flights during the month as a whole compared with July, and triple its schedule from June. BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly a third of workers expect to remain out of the office for good, survey says," 2 July 2020 In the state as a whole, about 600 per 100,000 people have been infected. Kristi Sturgill, Los Angeles Times, "Its two hospitals overrun, Imperial County halts in-store retail and indoor religious services," 2 July 2020 The important thing to keep in mind, according to Fernando Gonzalez Saiffe, the consul of Mexico in Detroit, is that the agreement should have a positive impact on employment in places like Michigan, and be beneficial for North America as a whole. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "New trade agreement means steep learning curve for auto industry," 2 July 2020 The country as a whole reported 50,203 new cases, CNN reported, citing data from Johns Hopkins University. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "U.S. Reports Highest Single Day Total of Coronavirus Cases," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Rather than being swallowed whole by her disappointment, Turquoise channels all of her energy into preparing her daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze), for her own run in the local Miss Juneteenth pageant. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Miss Juneteenth Is The Timely Narrative We Need Right Now," 19 June 2020 The rescue package approved by Congress does a good job of keeping workers whole through this disruption. Dean Baker, The New Republic, "Building an Economy That Works Again," 14 May 2020 The restaurant offers a family spread that includes smoked salmon salad, whole smoked chicken, roasted potatoes, smoked cauliflower and baked dinner rolls from La Francaise Bakery. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "D-FW restaurants offering takeout, dine-in meals for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2020 The insanely popular video game that swallowed children whole more than a year ago just spit them back up Sunday night, when the entire digital universe that’s been their virtual home shut down. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: On Columbus Day, a Fortnite discovery," 15 Oct. 2019 These small actions, by a community that cares, add up to a whole greater than the sum of its parts: a town in which everyone has agency to make responsible environmental choices. Kate Wertheimer, Sunset Magazine, "These Eight Towns Are Exceptionally Committed to Sustainability," 8 Apr. 2020 The insanely popular video game that swallowed children whole more than a year ago just spit them back up Sunday night, when the entire digital universe that’s been their virtual home shut down. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: On Columbus Day, a Fortnite discovery," 15 Oct. 2019 Besides eating the whole grains whole, consuming things made with whole grain flours is another way to get at the good stuff. Katie Workman, NBC News, "6 healthy whole grains to try tonight," 12 Mar. 2020 The insanely popular video game that swallowed children whole more than a year ago just spit them back up Sunday night, when the entire digital universe that’s been their virtual home shut down. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: On Columbus Day, a Fortnite discovery," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Whole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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whole

adjective
How to pronounce whole (audio)

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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