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whole

adjective

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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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whole

noun

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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How is the word whole distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of whole are all, entire, and total. While all these words mean "including everything or everyone without exception," whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away.

read the whole book

How is all related to other words for whole?

All may equal whole, entire, or total.

all proceeds go to charity

When could entire be used to replace whole?

The words entire and whole are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added.

the entire population was wiped out

When would total be a good substitute for whole?

While in some cases nearly identical to whole, total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered.

the total number of people present

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

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“Whole.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/whole. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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