- 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.
- containing all the elements properly belonging; complete: We have a whole set of antique china.
- undivided; in one piece: to swallow a thing whole.
- Mathematics. integral, or not fractional.
- not broken, damaged, or impaired; intact: Thankfully, the vase arrived whole.
- uninjured or unharmed; sound: He was surprised to find himself whole after the crash.
- pertaining to all aspects of human nature, especially one's physical, intellectual, and spiritual development: education for the whole person.
- 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.
- a thing complete in itself, or comprising all its parts or elements.
- an assemblage of parts associated or viewed together as one thing; a unitary system.
- as a whole, all things included or considered; altogether: As a whole, the relocation seems to have been beneficial.
- on/upon the whole,
- in view of all the circumstances; after consideration.
- disregarding exceptions; in general: On the whole, the neighborhood is improving.
- out of whole cloth, without foundation in fact; fictitious: a story made out of whole cloth.
Origin of whole
Synonyms for wholeSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for whole
Related Words for wholeperfect, full, safe, mature, wholesome, entity, unabridged, all, exclusive, integral, aggregate, gross, total, sound, solid, good, mint, right, fit, well
Examples from the Web for whole
Contemporary Examples of whole
In that photo, Merabet has a big smile that spreads across his whole face and lights up his eyes.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
“We talked about the science the whole time the other day,” Krauss told The Daily Beast in a phone interview.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
What an amazing thing to be able to listen to any music you want, a whole world of bands.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
And Air Force assessors are the first to say such imaging never tells the whole story.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Lady Edith is so sad that her sadness nearly set the whole damned house on fire.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
Historical Examples of whole
The whole rested on a golden image of Atlas, bending beneath the weight.
If it may be avoided, I will not see the whole of your youth consumed in anxious watchings.
During the whole of the ensuing day, Paralus continued in a deep sleep.
I think, on the whole, I shan't be obliged to learn to braid straw.Brave and Bold
In fact, a large portion of the whole book was built on that anecdote.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- containing all the component parts necessary to form a total; completea whole apple
- constituting the full quantity, extent, etc
- uninjured or undamaged
- having no fractional or decimal part; integrala whole number
- of, relating to, or designating a relationship established by descent from the same parents; fullwhole brothers
- out of whole cloth US and Canadian informal entirely without a factual basis
- in an undivided or unbroken pieceto swallow a plum whole
- all the parts, elements, etc, of a thing
- an assemblage of parts viewed together as a unit
- a thing complete in itself
- as a whole considered altogether; completely
- on the whole
- taking all things into consideration
- in general
Word Origin for whole
Word Origin and History for whole
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.
"entire body or company; the full amount," late 14c., from whole (adj.).
- Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt.
- Having been restored; healed.
- An entity or system made up of interrelated parts.
Idioms and Phrases with whole
In addition to the idioms beginning with whole
- whole ball of wax, the
- whole hog
- whole kit and caboodle, the
- whole megillah
- whole new ballgame, a
- whole nine yards, the
- whole shebang
- as a whole
- go whole hog
- on the whole
- out of whole cloth