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as a whole

As a complete unit, considering all aspects or components, as opposed to individual parts. I know she wants to take gymnastics lessons, but they're very expensive, and we need to do what's best for our family as a whole.
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as a whole

All parts or aspects considered, altogether, as in I like the play as a whole, though the second act seemed somewhat slow. [Early 1800s] Also see on the whole.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

as a ˈwhole

considered as one general group: The population as a whole were not very interested in the issue.
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as a whole

All parts or aspects considered; altogether: disliked the acting but enjoyed the play as a whole.
See also: whole
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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