Definition of “whole” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /həʊl/
Extra Examples
The whole issue needs a fundamental rethink.He has support from across the whole political spectrum.The couple opposite us sat through the whole meal without exchanging a word.Allow three hours for the whole journey.The whole audience got up and started clapping.
COMPLETE [ always before noun ]

A2 complete, including every part:

She spent the whole afternoon studying.
The whole family went to the show.
NOT IN PIECES [ never before noun ]

as a single object and not in pieces:

The chick swallowed the worm whole.
→ See also a whole new ball game , the whole world

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