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1 not divided or scattered among several areas of interest or concern
  • you'll need to put your whole effort into this project

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3 not lacking any part or member that properly belongs to it
  • the puzzle isn't quite whole, but close enough

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Synonyms & Antonyms of whole (Entry 2 of 2)

a complete amount of something
  • the landlord eventually refunded the whole of our deposit

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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

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The first known use of whole was before the 12th century

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“Whole.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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a plan in which a last survivor takes all

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