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English definition of “whole”


adjective     /həʊl/ US  /hoʊl/
A2 complete or not divided : I spent the whole day cleaning . There's still a whole month till my birthday . After my exercise class , my whole body ached . The whole town was destroyed by the earthquake . This whole thing (= situation ) is ridiculous . Bill does nothing but moan the whole time (= all the time ). You have to stand up in court and promise to tell 'the truth , the whole truth , and nothing but the truth '. Her dance compositions added a whole (= completely ) new dimension to the contemporary dance repertoire .Complete and wholeVery and extreme informal used to emphasize something: I've got a whole heap of work to do this afternoon . The new computers are a whole lot (= much) faster .Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions Grammar:All or whole?All and whole are determiners.Grammar:All or whole for single entitiesWe use the whole or the whole of to refer to complete single things and events that are countable and defined:Grammar:All the with uncountable nounsWe use all the and not the whole with uncountable nouns:Grammar:All and whole with plural nounsWe usually use all the and all of the with plural nouns:Grammar:All and whole: typical errorsGrammar:WholeWhole is a determiner. We use whole before nouns and after other determiners (my, the, a/an, their) to talk about quantity. We use it to describe the completeness of something:
(Definition of whole adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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