1. [ adjective ] 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" "a whole loaf of bread"

Related terms: fractional entire integral full-length livelong undivided full-page full-page full-length complete integrity
2. [ noun ] all of something including all its component elements or parts

"Europe as a whole" "the whole of American literature"

Related terms: concept complex unit compound part
3. [ noun ] an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
Synonyms: unit whole_thing

"how big is that part compared to the whole?" "the repairman simply replaced the unit"

Related terms: object entity item sum hole artifact part section mix unitise
4. [ adverb ] to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent
Synonyms: entirely completely all wholly altogether totally

"he was wholly convinced" "entirely satisfied with the meal" "was completely at fault" "a totally new situation" "the directions were all wrong" "It was not altogether her fault"

Related terms: partly colloquialism complete entire entire entire
5. [ adjective ] exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
Synonyms: hale

"hale and hearty" "whole in mind and body" "a whole person again"

Related terms: healthy
6. [ adjective ] (of siblings) having the same parents

"whole brothers and sisters"

Related terms: half
Similar spelling:   while