1 all of sth
VERB + WHOLE 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
ADJ. coherent, cohesive, harmonious, homogeneous, integrated, organized, seamless She was struggling to organize her ideas into a coherent whole. | single | complex The author examines each aspect of Roman society, then attempts to summarize the complex whole. | meaningful At this age, babies do not yet combine sounds into a meaningful whole. | organic
VERB + WHOLE form, make (up) He tried to fit the pieces of evidence together to make a coherent whole.
PHRASES as a whole Unemployment is higher in the north than in the country as a whole.