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Definition of 'whole'


  1. all of something including all its component elements or parts; "Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"
  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"
       Synonyms: unit


  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"
       Antonyms: fractional
  2. (of siblings) having the same parents; "whole brothers and sisters"
       Antonyms: half
  3. including everything; "the overall cost"; "the total amount owed"
       Synonyms: overall total
  4. wholly unharmed
       Synonyms: unharmed unhurt unscathed
  5. not impaired or diminished in any way; "emerged from the trial with his prestige intact"; "the blast left his hearing intact"
       Synonyms: intact
  6. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; "hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"
       Synonyms: hale
  7. acting together as a single undiversified whole; "a solid voting bloc"
       Synonyms: solid unanimous


  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"
       Synonyms: wholly entirely completely totally all altogether
       Antonyms: partially partly part

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