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
2. (of siblings) having the same parents
- whole brothers and sisters
3. not injured or harmed
4. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
- whole in mind and body
- a whole person again
5. acting together as a single undiversified whole
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
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
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