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adjective whole pronunciation in American English /hoʊl/
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  1. 1
    all of something
    His whole body was trembling.
    My whole family came to watch me playing in the concert.
    The whole process will take months.
    the whole thing: Come on, let’s just forget the whole thing.
    the whole story/truth: She told Tilly the whole story about what had happened.
  2. 2
    not divided or broken
    Add three whole eggs plus two additional yolks.
    Some of the statues were broken, but others were still whole.
  3. 3
    used for emphasizing what you are saying
    a whole range/series: There is a whole range of therapies that might work.
    a whole bunch: A whole bunch of kids were waiting to get his autograph.
    a whole lot: I feel a whole lot better today.
    a whole host (=a lot): We’ve had a whole host of problems.
    in the whole world: They’re the best pizzas in the whole world.


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noun [uncountable]


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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