Meaning of WHOLE in English


I. ˈhōl 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) : 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


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


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


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 perfect

• whole·ness noun


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

- in whole

- on the whole

III. adverb

Date: 14th century

1. : wholly , entirely

a whole new age group — Henry Chauncey

2. : as a complete entity

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.