(noun, adjective, adverb)


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

Similar word(s): entire, full, total, intact, integral, livelong, undivided, complete

2. (of siblings) having the same parents

- whole brothers and sisters

3. not injured or harmed

Similar word(s): uninjured, unharmed, unhurt, unscathed

4. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

- whole in mind and body

- a whole person again

Similar word(s): healthy, hale

5. acting together as a single undiversified whole

Similar word(s): undiversified, solid, unanimous

Sentences with whole as an adjective:

- I ate a whole fish.

- He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.

- whole wheat;  whole milk


1. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

- a whole new idea

Similar word(s): all, altogether, completely, entirely, right, totally, wholly

Sentences with whole as an adverb:

- I ate a fish whole!


1. all of something including all its component elements or parts

- Europe considered as a whole

- the whole of American literature

Definition categories: thought, concept, conception, construct

2. an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

- how big is that part compared to the whole?

Similar word(s): unit

Definition categories: general, object