Quick answer
"Whole" is an adjective which is often translated as "todo", and "entire" is an adjective which is often translated as "entero". Learn more about the difference between "whole" and "entire" below.
whole(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (entire)
a. todo
He wrote the whole story.Escribió toda la historia.
b. entero
She devoured the whole pizza and then passed out on the couch.Ella devoró la pizza entera y luego se quedó dormida en el sofá.
2. (intact)
a. entero
The kids just swallowed the cookies whole, without even bothering to chew.Los niños se tragaron las galletas enteras, aun sin haberlas masticado.
b. integral (culinary)
My sister despises additives and will only eat whole foods.Mi hermana menosprecia los aditivos y solo come alimentos integrales.
3. (used to emphasize)
a. todo
I didn't understand anything they were saying the whole meeting!¡No entendí nada de lo que decían durante toda la reunión!
b. único
The whole point of having this chicken is so that it will lay eggs for us.La única razón que tenemos esta gallina es para que nos ponga huevos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (entirety)
a. la totalidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The whole of the class will participate.La totalidad de la clase participará.
b. el todo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Each player on the team helped make a whole that was greater than the sum of its parts.Cada jugador del equipo ayudó a crear un todo que era más que la suma de sus partes.
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entire(
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tay
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (whole)
a. entero
The entire school will be taking a trip to Spain this summer.La escuela entera va a hacer un viaje a España este verano.
b. todo
He ate the entire watermelon by himself.Se comió toda la sandía él solo.
2. (complete)
a. completo
The pianist played the entire piece by heart.El pianista tocó la pieza completa de memoria.
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