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English adjective: whole

1. whole including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete

SamplesGave 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.

Similarentire, entire, full, full-length, full-page, intact, integral, livelong, total, undivided

See alsocomplete

Attributeintegrity, unity, wholeness


2. whole (of siblings) having the same parents

SamplesWhole brothers and sisters.


3. whole not injured

Synonymsunharmed, unhurt, unscathed



4. whole exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

SamplesHale and hearty.
Whole in mind and body.
A whole person again.




5. whole acting together as a single undiversified whole

SamplesA solid voting bloc.

Synonymssolid, unanimous



English noun: whole

1. whole (cognition) all of something including all its component elements or parts

SamplesEurope considered as a whole.
The whole of American literature.

Broader (hypernym)concept, conception, construct

Narrower (hyponym)complex, composite, compound, unit

Part holonymdivision, part, section

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

SamplesHow big is that part compared to the whole?.
The team is a unit.


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

Narrower (hyponym)aggregate, animate thing, artefact, artifact, assembly, congener, item, living thing, natural object, sum, total, totality

Part holonympart, portion, section, segment

English adverb: whole

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

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymsall, altogether, completely, entirely, totally, wholly

Domain usagecolloquialism

Antonymspart, partially, partly

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