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American English: /hoʊl/
British English: /həʊl/

Translation of whole in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (entire) (before noun, no comparative) there's a whole bottle left
    queda una botella entera
    he drank the whole bottle
    se tomó toda la botella
    se tomó la botella entera or íntegra
    they've eaten the whole lot!
    ¡se lo han comido todo!
    three whole days
    tres días enteros
    I've been here the whole time
    he estado aquí todo el tiempo
    the whole (wide) world
    todo el mundo
    el mundo entero
    the whole individual
    el individuo en su totalidad
    the whole truth
    toda la verdad
    whole wheat
    trigo (masculine) integral
    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.
    1.2 (emphatic use) I was beginning to get fed up with the whole affair
    me estaba empezando a hartar del asunto
    the whole point of these meetings was to … !
    ¡lo que se pretendía con estas reuniones era precisamente … !
    there's a whole body of opinion which opposes it
    hay toda una corriente de opinión en contra de ello
  • 2 (predicative) 2.1 (in one piece) she swallowed it whole
    se lo tragó entero
    the vase was still whole
    el jarrón todavía estaba intacto
    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.
    2.2 (healthy) [archaic]
    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!


  • 1 (integral unit) the parts that make up the whole
    las partes que forman el todo
    the whole of somethingthe whole of the morning
    toda la mañana
    the whole of his body was covered in sores
    todo su cuerpo estaba cubierto de llagas
    they lost the whole of their savings
    perdieron todos sus ahorros or la totalidad de sus ahorros
    a threat to the whole of mankind
    una amenaza para toda la humanidad or para la humanidad entera
    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 (in phrases) as a wholethe situation has to be seen as a whole
    hay que enfocar la situación como un todo or de manera global
    the business is to be sold as a whole
    el negocio se va a vender como una unidad
    this will affect Europe as a whole
    esto va a afectar a Europa en su totalidad
    on the whole
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