whole Definition

  • 1all of something; entire
  • 2not divided or broken; in one piece
  • 3healthy and well

Using whole: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "whole" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I ate the whole pizza by myself.

  • Example

    The whole town was affected by the storm.

  • Example

    He fell down the stairs but luckily he's still whole.

  • Example

    She's been feeling whole again since she started exercising regularly.

whole Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with whole

  • considered in its entirety


    As a whole, the company is doing well.

  • generally speaking; all things considered


    On the whole, I think the project was a success.

  • to do something completely or thoroughly


    If we're going to remodel the kitchen, let's go whole hog and get new appliances too.

Origins of whole

from Old English 'hal', meaning 'entire, unhurt, healthy'


Summary: whole in Brief

The term 'whole' [hoʊl] refers to something complete, entire, or undivided. It can describe objects, groups, or people, as in 'The whole town was affected by the storm.' 'Whole' can also denote physical health, as in 'He fell down the stairs but luckily he's still whole.' Phrases like 'as a whole' and 'on the whole' indicate considering something in its entirety, while 'whole hog' means doing something completely or thoroughly.

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