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"whole" in American English

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wholeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /hoʊl/
all of something; the ​fullamount: 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)







"whole" in British English

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wholeadjective

uk   /həʊl/  us   /hoʊl/
A2 complete or not ​divided: I ​spent the whole ​daycleaning. There's still a whole ​month till my ​birthday. After my ​exerciseclass, my whole ​bodyached. 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 ​dancecompositionsadded a whole (= ​completely) new ​dimension to the ​contemporarydancerepertoire. 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/
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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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