1 all of sth
comprise, cover, embrace, encompass, involve, span

The project involved the whole of the university.

fill, occupy, take up

The library takes up the whole of the first floor.

permeate, pervade

Technology permeates the whole of our lives.

2 complete thing
coherent, cohesive, harmonious, homogeneous, integrated, organized, seamless

She was struggling to organize her ideas into a coherent whole.

one, single

The text must be seen as part of a larger whole.


The author examines each aspect of Roman society, then attempts to summarize the complex whole.

meaningful, satisfying

At this age, babies do not yet combine sounds into a meaningful whole.

collective, social
form, make, make up

He tried to fit the pieces of evidence together to make a coherent whole.

as a whole

Unemployment is higher in the north than in the country as a whole.

Whole is used with these nouns: ↑affair, ↑almond, ↑array, ↑atmosphere, ↑basis, ↑batch, ↑battery, ↑body, ↑building, ↑business, ↑charade, ↑concept, ↑continent, ↑crowd, ↑cycle, ↑decade, ↑document, ↑earth, ↑evening, ↑existence, ↑experience, ↑face, ↑family, ↑food, ↑fortnight, ↑future, ↑gamut, ↑generation, ↑grain, ↑herd, ↑idea, ↑incident, ↑issue, ↑length, ↑life, ↑lifetime, ↑lot, ↑mess, ↑milk, ↑minute, ↑month, ↑mystery, ↑nation, ↑neighbourhood, ↑night, ↑note, ↑number, ↑oats, ↑ordeal, ↑package, ↑picture, ↑point, ↑purpose, ↑range, ↑realm, ↑region, ↑saga, ↑self, ↑semester, ↑sentence, ↑sequence, ↑series, ↑set, ↑situation, ↑society, ↑soul, ↑spectrum, ↑story, ↑succession, ↑tenor, ↑thing, ↑thrust, ↑truth, ↑universe, ↑wardrobe, ↑wealth, ↑week, ↑wheat, ↑width, ↑workforce, ↑world, ↑year

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • Whole — Whole, a. [OE. hole, hol, hal, hool, AS. h[=a]l well, sound, healthy; akin to OFries. & OS. h?l, D. heel, G. heil, Icel. heill, Sw. hel whole, Dan. heel, Goth. hails well, sound, OIr. c?l augury. Cf. {Hale}, {Hail} to greet, {Heal} to cure,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whole — [hōl] adj. [ME (Midland) hool, for hol, hal < OE hal, healthy, whole, hale: akin to Ger heil, ON heill < IE base * kailo , sound, uninjured, auspicious > Welsh coel, omen] 1. a) in sound health; not diseased or injured b) Archaic healed …   English World dictionary

  • whole — adj 1 entire, *perfect, intact Analogous words: sound, well, *healthy, robust, wholesome: complete, plenary, *full Contrasted words: *deficient, defective: impaired, damaged, injured, marred (see INJURE) 2 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • whole — ► ADJECTIVE 1) complete; entire. 2) emphasizing a large extent or number: a whole range of issues. 3) in an unbroken or undamaged state. ► NOUN 1) a thing that is complete in itself. 2) (the whole) all of something …   English terms dictionary

  • Whole — may refer to: *Holism, (from holos, a Greek word meaning all, entire, total) the idea that all the properties of a given system cannot be determined or explained by the sum of its component parts alone * in music, a whole step, or Major second *… …   Wikipedia

  • whole — [adj1] entire, complete accomplished, aggregate, all, choate, completed, concentrated, conclusive, consummate, every, exclusive, exhaustive, fixed, fulfilled, full, full length, gross, inclusive, in one piece, integral, outright, perfect, plenary …   New thesaurus

  • Whole — Whole, n. 1. The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself. [1913 Webster] This not the whole of life to live, Nor all of death to die. J. Montgomery. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whole — I (undamaged) adjective aggregate, all, complete, entire, gross, intact, solid, total, undiminished, unhurt, unimpaired, unreduced, without loss associated concepts: whole capital, whole estate, whole quantity, whole truth II (unified) adjective… …   Law dictionary

  • whole — hōl adj containing all its natural constituents, components, or elements: deprived of nothing by refining, processing, or separation <whole milk> …   Medical dictionary

  • whole|ly — «HOH lee, HOHL lee», adverb. = wholly. (Cf. ↑wholly) …   Useful english dictionary

  • whole — whole1 W1S1 [həul US houl] adj [: Old English; Origin: hal healthy, unhurt, complete ] 1.) [only before noun] all of something = ↑entire ▪ You have your whole life ahead of you! ▪ His whole attitude bugs me. ▪ We ate the whole cake in about ten… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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