- 1 [attributive] All of; entire: he spent the whole day walking she wasn’t telling the whole truthMore example sentences
- I am afraid that a whole country, an entire people, will be destroyed for nothing.
- Projecting growth over a whole century for the entire planet is just plain silly.
- The whole idea that the entire country took to arms with pitchforks and scythes is also a fallacy.
- 1.1Used to emphasize a large extent or number: disputes on a whole range of issuesMore example sentences
- There are concerns about bench-marking and substitution and a whole lot of issues.
- Instead, we just got a lecture about a whole lot of other issues that were not relevant.
- An atheist will always be asking questions about a whole lot of issues, not only religion.
- 2In an unbroken or undamaged state; in one piece: owls usually swallow their prey wholeMore example sentences
- The bread contains nibbly, whole pieces of grain which have the reputation of damaging fillings.
- When you've done the sums, the rainforest is actually worth more whole than in pieces.
- A whole piece of chicken may frighten them away but a chicken wing keeps them content.
- 2.1 [attributive] With no part removed: puddings made with whole milkMore example sentences
- Save these dairy products for special occasions - they have even more fat than whole milk.
- A good natural fungicide can be made from whole milk, bicarb soda and canola oil.
- As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk.
- 2.2 [predic.] Healthy: people should be whole in body, mind, and spiritMore example sentences
- To be healthy is to be whole, and without unification of the mind, body and spirit, a person will fall ill.
- You express and share feelings, also help others to feel healthy and whole around you.
- Discover your true, whole, healthy self!
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- 1A thing that is complete in itself: the subjects of the curriculum form a coherent wholeMore example sentences
- Similarly, multiculturalism teaches students to see all cultural outlooks as self-contained wholes.
- All ritual systems, from the most ‘primitive’ to the most ‘advanced,’ are coherent wholes in which the human body stands for and symbolizes the social body.
- For another, frequent guest contributions by Sinead O'Conner and Peter Gabriel made the albums seem less like complete wholes and more like fragmented compilations.
- 2 (the whole) All of something: the effects will last for the whole of his lifeMore example sentences
- The head teacher says that their entire budget for the whole of last year amounted to $16.
- Only seventy odd years ago the whole of humanity thought that the entire universe verse was just our own Milky Way.
- Finally, the assertion that everything happens by necessity seems to leave the whole of morality in doubt.
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- Used to emphasize the novelty or distinctness of something: the man who’s given a whole new meaning to the term ‘cowboy’More example sentences
- A hand shake is exciting by it's closeness and novelty, but hongi or a hug is a whole different level.
- This gave rise to a whole new style of English glassware quite distinct from intricate Venetian fashions.
- I just got off the phone with him, and I think he senses that this is a whole new ballgame now.
as a whole
- As a single unit and not as separate parts; in general: a healthy economy is in the best interests of society as a wholeMore example sentences
- It examines the impact on society as a whole, as well as families and individuals.
- This is an understanding of right and wrong and respect for oneself and society as a whole.
- It is not a perception which reflects well on Scotland as a whole and Glasgow in particular.
- Entirely or fully: a number of stone churches survive in whole or in partMore example sentences
- That call has been picked up, in part, if not in whole, by some politicians, seeking to capitalize on that anger.
- We recognise the affection that some people in the district have for the building and we want to know if it can be retained - in whole or part - and at what cost.
- Owned first in part by Sweden, then in whole by Russia, they always maintained their distinct identity.
in the whole (wide) world
- Anywhere; of all: he was the nicest person in the whole worldMore example sentences
- We have cheapened and devalued that which is the most valuable possession in the whole world - the human person.
- Insomnia has to be the most frustrating thing in the whole world.
- Today I'm going to tell you about my favorite dish in the whole world.
on the whole
- Taking everything into account; in general: on the whole, it was quite a good speechMore example sentences
overall, all in all, all things considered, altogether, taking everything into consideration/account, on balance, on average, for the most part, mostly, mainly, in the main, chiefly, principally, predominantly, largely, in general, generally, generally speaking, as a rule, as a general rule, in the general run of things, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree, basically, substantially, effectively, virtually, to all intents and purposes; normally, usually, more often than not, almost always, most of the time, habitually, customarily, regularly, typically, ordinarily, commonly
- Copper examples are on the whole more common than brass, though values are very similar.
- The view of Hobbes put forward in these histories was, on the whole, a balanced and careful one.
- The way things go in the first hour or so of the day is usually indicative of what the day will be like on the whole.
the whole nine yards
- • informal , chiefly North American Everything possible or available: send in the troops, aircraft, nuclear submarine experts, the whole nine yardsMore example sentences
- We actually fall in love and everything, the whole nine yards.
- On a much happier note, Liza's show at Royal Albert Hall was a smashing success: standing ovations, screaming fans, the whole nine yards.
- The Oratorians have maintained Gregorian chant, polyphony, Latin, the whole nine yards, and it is usually packed for a Sunday high mass.
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- All of this indicates that man has sensed always that wholeness or integrity is an absolute necessity to make life worth living.
- What the land offers in opposition to the alienation of the city is cohesion and wholeness.
- In other words, Walker sees wholeness and unity where others see binary oppositions or misreading.
Old English hāl, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heel and German heil, also to hail2. The spelling with wh- (reflecting a dialect pronunciation with w-) first appeared in the 15th century.