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Meaning & Definition of Whole in English

English

Whole

/hoʊl/

noun

1. All of something including all its component elements or parts

  • "Europe considered as a whole"
  • "The whole of american literature"
    synonym:
  • whole

2. An assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

  • "How big is that part compared to the whole?"
  • "The team is a unit"
    synonym:
  • whole
  • ,
  • unit

adjective

1. Including all components without exception

  • Being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration
  • Complete
  • "Gave his whole attention"
  • "A whole wardrobe for the tropics"
  • "The whole hog"
  • "A whole week"
  • "The baby cried the whole trip home"
  • "A whole loaf of bread"
    synonym:
  • whole

2. (of siblings) having the same parents

  • "Whole brothers and sisters"
    synonym:
  • whole

3. Not injured

    synonym:
  • unharmed
  • ,
  • unhurt
  • ,
  • unscathed
  • ,
  • whole

4. Exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

  • "Hale and hearty"
  • "Whole in mind and body"
  • "A whole person again"
    synonym:
  • hale
  • ,
  • whole

5. Acting together as a single undiversified whole

  • "A solid voting bloc"
    synonym:
  • solid
  • ,
  • unanimous
  • ,
  • whole

adverb

1. To a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

  • "He was wholly convinced"
  • "Entirely satisfied with the meal"
  • "It was completely different from what we expected"
  • "Was completely at fault"
  • "A totally new situation"
  • "The directions were all wrong"
  • "It was not altogether her fault"
  • "An altogether new approach"
  • "A whole new idea"
    synonym:
  • wholly
  • ,
  • entirely
  • ,
  • completely
  • ,
  • totally
  • ,
  • all
  • ,
  • altogether
  • ,
  • whole

Examples of using

It's been a whole year!
They made a joke of the whole thing.
I, too, wanted to ask that the whole time.