Whole Definition

hōl
adjective
Containing all the elements or parts; entire; complete.
A whole set, whole blood.
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In sound health; not diseased or injured.
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Not broken, damaged, defective, etc.; intact.
A whole yolk.
Webster's New World
Not divided up; in a single unit.
A whole cheese.
Webster's New World
Healed.
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noun
The entire amount, quantity, extent, or sum; totality.
The whole of the estate.
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A thing complete in itself, or a complete organization of integrated parts; a unity, entirety, or system.
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An entity or system made up of interrelated parts.
The value of the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.
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Wiktionary
adverb
Completely; absolutely.
A whole new ballgame.
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Other Word Forms of Whole

Noun

Singular:
whole
Plural:
wholes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Whole

Origin of Whole

  • From Middle English hool (“healthy, unhurt, whole"), from Old English hāl (“healthy, safe"), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, safe, sound") (compare West Frisian hiel, Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from Proto-Indo-European *kóhâ‚‚ilus (“healthy, whole") (compare Welsh coel (“omen"), Breton kel (“omen, mention"), Old Prussian kails (“healthy"), Albanian gjallë (“alive, unhurt"), Old Church Slavonic цѣлъ (cÄ›lÅ­, “healthy, unhurt"). Related to hale, health, hail, and heal.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English hole unharmed from Old English hāl kailo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The spelling with wh-, introduced in the 15th century, was for disambiguation with hole.

    From Wiktionary

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