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whole

[hohl] /hoʊl/
adjective
1.
comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total:
He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance.
2.
containing all the elements properly belonging; complete:
We have a whole set of antique china.
3.
undivided; in one piece:
to swallow a thing whole.
4.
Mathematics. integral, or not fractional.
5.
not broken, damaged, or impaired; intact:
Thankfully, the vase arrived whole.
6.
uninjured or unharmed; sound:
He was surprised to find himself whole after the crash.
7.
pertaining to all aspects of human nature, especially one's physical, intellectual, and spiritual development:
education for the whole person.
noun
8.
the whole assemblage of parts or elements belonging to a thing; the entire quantity, account, extent, or number:
He accepted some of the parts but rejected the whole.
9.
a thing complete in itself, or comprising all its parts or elements.
10.
an assemblage of parts associated or viewed together as one thing; a unitary system.
Idioms
11.
as a whole, all things included or considered; altogether:
As a whole, the relocation seems to have been beneficial.
12.
on / upon the whole,
  1. in view of all the circumstances; after consideration.
  2. disregarding exceptions; in general:
    On the whole, the neighborhood is improving.
13.
out of whole cloth, without foundation in fact; fictitious:
a story made out of whole cloth.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English hole, hool (adj. and noun), Old English hāl (adj.); cognate with Dutch heel, German heil, Old Norse heill; see hale1, heal; spelling with w reflects dial. form
Related forms
wholeness, noun
self-whole, adjective
Can be confused
hole, whole (see synonym study at hole; see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. undiminished, integral, complete. 5. unimpaired, perfect. 8. totality, aggregate. Whole, total mean the entire or complete sum or amount. The whole is all there is; every part, member, aspect; the complete sum, amount, quantity of anything, not divided; the entirety: the whole of one's property, family. Total also means whole, complete amount, or number, but conveys the idea of something added together or added up: The total of their gains amounted to millions.
Antonyms
1. partial. 8. part.
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Examples for whole
  • Let's call the whole thing off.
  • The whole is produced with passion and expertise.
  • The world has sped up, become more connected and a whole lot busier.
  • By the time I got to my kids and got them outside the whole thing was over.
  • The whole world felt smaller.
  • The protagonist's tiredness and detachment affect the novel as a whole.
  • Make sure they understand they will be able to watch the whole process happening.
  • One of the challenges in the design was finding something environmentally friendly to hold the whole thing together.
  • Pythons then open their hinged jaws wide to swallow their prey whole.
  • In limited areas, it can provide needed power, but it will not provide the power for the whole country.
British Dictionary definitions for whole

whole

/həʊl/
adjective
1.
containing all the component parts necessary to form a total; complete a whole apple
2.
constituting the full quantity, extent, etc
3.
uninjured or undamaged
4.
healthy
5.
having no fractional or decimal part; integral a whole number
6.
of, relating to, or designating a relationship established by descent from the same parents; full whole brothers
7.
(US & Canadian, informal) out of whole cloth, entirely without a factual basis
adverb
8.
in an undivided or unbroken piece to swallow a plum whole
noun
9.
all the parts, elements, etc, of a thing
10.
an assemblage of parts viewed together as a unit
11.
a thing complete in itself
12.
as a whole, considered altogether; completely
13.
on the whole
  1. taking all things into consideration
  2. in general
Derived Forms
wholeness, noun
Word Origin
Old English hāl, hǣl; related to Old Frisian hāl, hēl, Old High German heil, Gothic hails; compare hale1
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Word Origin and History for whole
adj.

Old English hal "entire, unhurt, healthy," from Proto-Germanic *khailaz "undamaged" (cf. Old Saxon hel, Old Norse heill, Old Frisian hal, Middle Dutch hiel, Dutch heel, Old High German, German heil "salvation, welfare"), from PIE *koilas (cf. Old Church Slavonic celu "whole, complete;" see health). The spelling with wh- developed early 15c. The sense in whole number is from early 14c. For phrase whole hog, see hog.

n.

"entire body or company; the full amount," late 14c., from whole (adj.).

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whole in Medicine

whole (hōl)
adj.

  1. Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt.

  2. Having been restored; healed.

n.
An entity or a system made up of interrelated parts.
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