as a whole

as a whole
as a whole
1. In general
2. Taken as a complete group, etc rather than as individuals
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as a whole phrase
considering all the parts of something as one unit

His views are not popular with the townspeople as a whole.

Thesaurus: ways of describing something in a general waysynonym
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as a single unit and not as separate parts; in general

a healthy economy is in the best interests of society as a whole

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as a whole
: as a complete unit
— used to make a statement that relates to all the parts of something

Language as a whole is constantly evolving.

The lecture was intended for the group as a whole. [=for everyone; not for just a few people]

The company as a whole [=overall] is doing well.

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as a ˈwhole idiom
as one thing or piece and not as separate parts

The festival will be great for our city and for the country as a whole.

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