A to Z

noun \¦ā-tə-ˈzē\
variants: less commonly


Definition of A to Z

  1. 1 less commonly A to Z's :  the full range of fundamental knowledge relating to some subject or activity They learn the A to Z of life, or at least work, on a farm, including agricultural mechanics, carpentry, building, welding, surveying, soil sampling and fertilizing. — William Labbee, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 1989 … attendees will have an opportunity to speak with angel investors, learn the A to Z's of raising capital, watch two deal reviews and learn what it takes to get investor attention. — Business Wire, 24 Sept. 2008 Learn the A-Z of buying a home. — Asheville Citizen-Times, 15 Dec. 2003

  2. 2 :  a book or similar resource containing comprehensive information on a particular subject arranged usually in alphabetical order The book is an A to Z of baseball. Written as an A-to-Z manual, it covers topics from acne and eczema to sun protection and vitiligo. — Julia Chance, Essence, July 2004 … an interactive A-Z for pensions, with the aim of creating the “most useful source of pension links and definitions anywhere to be found on the web.” — Pensions Week, 17 May 2010

from A to Z

  1. 1 :  from beginning to end At seven, I also make a vow to become a ballerina, to read every page of the Encyclopædia Britannica from A to Z, to ice-skate, and to meet the Bay City Rollers. — Monique Truong, Gourmet, September 2008 … planning a vacation from A to Z on the Internet can be daunting and time-consuming, since there are a multitude of sites devoted to travel. — Diane Bair et al., Parenting, June/July 2000 :  including everything From A to Z, it took seven years to do. — David Brinkley, in U.S. News & World Report, 25 Apr. 1988

  2. 2 :  in every particular :  in every way :  in all aspects The new health care reform act will affect how Medicare operates from A to Z. — Mike Smith, Benefits Selling, May 2010 This just seems a year when the Red Sox are mismatched from A to Z. — Kevin Kernan, New York Post, 18 May 2010

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