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all the way

Definition of all the way

  1. 1 :  to the full or entire extent :  as far as possible <You have to pull the lever all the way back.> <We were seated all the way in the back.>

  2. 2 :  throughout an entire process or period of time <His family was with him all the way through his candidacy.> <They sang songs all the way home.>

  3. 3 :  to the fullest and most complete extent <I support you all the way.>

  4. 4 :  over an entire distance <She ran all the way there.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  the whole number, quantity, or amount :  totality

    : used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

    :  everybody, everything

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. :  a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

    :  an opening for passage

    :  the course traveled from one place to another :  route

  1. :  of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route

  1. :  away

    :  by far :  much

    :  very

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of, relating to, or near a shore

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