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English definition of “whole”


noun [C usually singular]     /həʊl/ US  /hoʊl/
a complete thing: Two halves make a whole. You must consider each problem as an aspect of the whole.Complete and wholeVery and extreme 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 village (= everyone in the village ) had come out for the party .Both, all, each and every 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 errors
(Definition of whole noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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