I. adjective Etymology: Middle English hool healthy, unhurt, entire, from Old English hāl; akin to Old High German heil healthy, unhurt, Old Norse heill, Old Church Slavic cělŭ Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) free of wound or injury ; unhurt (2) recovered from a wound or injury ; restored (3) being healed <
whole of an ancient evil, I sleep sound — A. E. Housman
b. free of defect or impairment ; intact c. physically sound and healthy ; free of disease or deformity d. mentally or emotionally sound 2. having all its proper parts or components ; complete, unmodified <
whole milk
a whole egg
3. a. constituting the total sum or undiminished entirety ; entire <
owns the whole island
b. each or all of the <
took part in the whole series of athletic events
4. a. constituting an undivided unit ; unbroken, uncut <
a whole roast suckling pig
b. directed to one end ; concentrated <
promised to give it his whole attention
5. a. seemingly complete or total <
the whole idea is to help, not hinder
b. very great in quantity, extent, or scope <
feels a whole lot better now
6. constituting the entirety of a person's nature or development <
educate the whole student
7. having the same father and mother <
whole brother
Synonyms: see perfectwholeness noun Synonyms: whole, entire, total, all mean including everything or everyone without exception. whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away <
read the whole book
. entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added <
the entire population was wiped out
. total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered <
the total number of people present
. all may equal whole, entire or total <
all proceeds go to charity
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a complete amount or sum ; a number, aggregate, or totality lacking no part, member, or element 2. something constituting a complex unity ; a coherent system or organization of parts fitting or working together as one III. adverb Date: 14th century 1. wholly, entirely <
a whole new age group — Henry Chauncey
2. as a complete entity

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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