whole - definition and synonyms


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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 may be suitable.

    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 icecreams in the whole world.

derived word


noun [uncountable]