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Definition 1: an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity - [noun denoting tops]

Samples where whole or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how big is that part compared to the whole?
  • the team is a unit

Synonyms for whole in the sense of this definition

(whole is a kind of ...) a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

"it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"

(... is a kind of whole ) a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection

"they reduced the price on many items"

(... is a kind of whole ) a unit consisting of components that have been fitted together

(... is a kind of whole ) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of whole ) an object occurring naturally; not made by man

(... is a kind of whole ) a living (or once living) entity

(... is a kind of whole ) a whole (a thing or person) of the same kind or category as another

"lard was also used, though its congener, butter, was more frequently employed" "the American shopkeeper differs from his European congener"

(... is a kind of whole ) the whole amount

(whole is a part of ...) something less than the whole of a human artifact

"the rear part of the house" "glue the two parts together"

(whole is a part of ...) one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object

"a section of a fishing rod" "metal sections were used below ground" "finished the final segment of the road"

Definition 2: all of something including all its component elements or parts - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where whole or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Europe considered as a whole
  • the whole of American literature

(whole is a kind of ...) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

(... is a kind of whole ) a single undivided whole

"an idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another"

(... is a kind of whole ) a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts

(... is a kind of whole ) a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts

"the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"

(whole is a part of ...) one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

"the written part of the exam" "the finance section of the company" "the BBC's engineering division"

Definition 3: including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where whole or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • gave his whole attention
  • a whole wardrobe for the tropics
  • the whole hog
  • a whole week
  • the baby cried the whole trip home
  • a whole loaf of bread

(whole is similar to ...) constituting the full quantity or extent; complete

"an entire town devastated by an earthquake" "gave full attention" "a total failure"

(whole is similar to ...) representing or accommodating the entire length

"a full-length portrait"

(whole is similar to ...) occupying an entire page in a book or paper

"a full-page ad"

(whole is similar to ...) constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged

"a local motion keepeth bodies integral" "was able to keep the collection entire during his lifetime" "fought to keep the union intact"

(whole is similar to ...) (of time) constituting the full extent or duration

"all the livelong day"

(whole is similar to ...) not separated into parts or shares; constituting an undivided unit

"an undivided interest in the property" "a full share"

(means also ...) having every necessary or normal part or component or step

"a complete meal" "a complete wardrobe" "a complete set of the Britannica" "a complete set of china" "a complete defeat" "a complete accounting"

(... are attributes of whole) an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting

"the integrity of the nervous system is required for normal development" "he took measures to insure the territorial unity of Croatia"

Definition 4: (of siblings) having the same parents - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where whole or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • whole brothers and sisters

Definition 5: to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly') - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where whole or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was wholly convinced
  • entirely satisfied with the meal
  • it was completely different from what we expected
  • was completely at fault
  • a totally new situation
  • the directions were all wrong
  • it was not altogether her fault
  • an altogether new approach
  • a whole new idea
  • she felt right at home
  • he fell right into the trap

Synonyms for whole in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where whole or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hale and hearty
  • whole in mind and body
  • a whole person again

Synonyms for whole in the sense of this definition

(whole is similar to ...) having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease

"a rosy healthy baby" "staying fit and healthy"

Definition 7: acting together as a single undiversified whole - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where whole or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a solid voting bloc

Synonyms for whole in the sense of this definition

(whole is similar to ...) not diversified

Definition 8: not injured or harmed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for whole in the sense of this definition

(whole is similar to ...) not injured physically or mentally

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