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whole

whole

 
pronunciation:
hol
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
phrases:
on the whole
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having the entire amount or length.
She stayed awake the whole night.
synonyms:
entire
similar words:
all, full, thorough, total
definition 2: having all the pieces or complete parts.
The puzzle was whole an hour ago, but now it's in pieces again.
synonyms:
complete, entire, total
antonyms:
incomplete, partial
similar words:
all, full, thorough
definition 3: all in one piece; not divided.
The snake swallowed the whole frog at once.
synonyms:
intact
similar words:
complete, total
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: all the pieces or parts of a thing; the entire amount of a thing.
I gave him the whole of my coin collection.
synonyms:
total
antonyms:
part
similar words:
all, amount, gross, sum
definition 2: an entire or complete thing.
He settled for half but would have rather had the whole.
antonyms:
constituent, fraction, part
similar words:
all
phrase: on the whole
derivation: wholeness (n.)
Homophone Note
The words whole and hole (an opening) sound alike but have different meanings.