Meaning of “whole” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /həʊl/
Extra Examples
The whole of the report needs to be considered.The whole of the region has been affetced by the floods.The earthquake devastated the whole of the city.Doctors had to remove the whole of the arm.Make sure you check the whole of the building.
the whole of sth

B1 all of something:

His behaviour affects the whole of the class.
as a whole

B2 when considered as a group and not in parts:

The population as a whole is getting healthier.
on the whole

B1 generally:

We've had a few problems, but on the whole we're very happy.

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