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"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.
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"whole" in British English

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wholeadjective

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". Her dance compositions added a whole (= completely) new dimension to the contemporary dance repertoire.
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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wholeadverb

uk   /həʊl/ us   /hoʊl/

wholenoun [C usually singular]

uk   /həʊl/ us   /hoʊl/
(Definition of whole from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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