Meaning of “whole” in the English Dictionary

"whole" in English

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uk /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 complain 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".

informal used to emphasize something:

I have a whole pile of work to do this afternoon.
The new computers are a whole lot (= much) faster.

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uk /həʊl/ us /hoʊl/

wholenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /həʊl/ us /hoʊl/

a complete thing:

Two halves make a whole.
You should consider each problem as an aspect of the whole.
the whole of sth

B1 all of something:

I'll be on holiday the whole of next week.
The whole of his finger was bruised.
The whole of the school (= everyone in the school) had come to the fair.

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(Definition of “whole” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whole" in American English

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wholeadjective [ not gradable ]

us /hoʊl/

all of something; the full amount:

Painting the two rooms will take the whole day.
He cooked a meal for the whole school.

Whole can also mean in one piece:

You can eat the fruit whole or cut it up.

infml Whole can also be used to emphasize something:

I’ve got a whole lot to do this afternoon.


wholenoun [ C/U ]

us /hoʊl/

all of the parts of something considered together as one thing, or all of something:

[ C ] Two halves make a whole.
[ U ] She’ll be away the whole of next month.


(Definition of “whole” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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