all

adjective
\ ˈȯl How to pronounce all (audio) \

Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of needed all the courage they had sat up all night
b : as much as possible spoke in all seriousness
2 : every member or individual component of all men will go all five children were present
3 : the whole number or sum of all the angles of a triangle are equal to two right angles
4 : every all manner of hardship
5 : any whatever beyond all doubt
6 : nothing but : only all work and no play :
a : completely taken up with, given to, or absorbed by became all attention
b : having or seeming to have (some physical feature) in conspicuous excess or prominence all legs
c : paying full attention with all ears
7 dialect : used up : entirely consumed used especially of food and drink
8 : being more than one person or thing I don't know who all is coming.
all the
: as much of … as : as much of a … as all the home I ever had

all

adverb

Definition of all (Entry 2 of 5)

1a : wholly, quite sat all alone often used as an intensive all out of proportionall over the yardit wasn't all that funny
b : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization used in combination all-league halfback
2 obsolete : only, exclusively
3 archaic : just
4 : so much all the better for it
5 : for each side : apiece the score is two all

Definition of all (Entry 3 of 5)

1a : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality all that I have all of us all of the books
b 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
2 : everybody, everything gave equal attention to all that is all
all in all
: on the whole : generally all in all, things might have been worse
and all
: and everything else especially of a kind suggested by a previous context cards to fill out with … numbers and all— Sally Quinn

all

noun

Definition of all (Entry 4 of 5)

: the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy gave his all for the cause
variants: or allo-

Definition of all- (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : other : different : atypical allogamous allotropy
2 allo- : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound) allopurinol
3 allo- : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language allophone

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Synonyms & Antonyms for all

Synonyms: Adjective

concentrated, entire, exclusive, focused (also focussed), undivided, whole

Synonyms: Adverb

all of, all over, altogether, clean, completely, dead, enough, entire, entirely, even, exactly, fast, flat, full, fully, heartily, out, perfectly, plumb [chiefly dialect], quite, soundly, thoroughly, through and through, totally, utterly, well, wholly, wide

Synonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

everybody, everyone

Antonyms: Adjective

diffuse, divided, scattered

Antonyms: Adverb

half, halfway, incompletely, part, partially, partly

Antonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

nobody, none, no one

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Adjective

whole, entire, total, all mean including everything or everyone without exception. whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away. read the whole book entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added. the entire population was wiped out total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered. the total number of people present all may equal whole, entire, or total. all proceeds go to charity

Examples of all in a Sentence

Adjective

I've been waiting all week to see her. He had to walk all the way home. She works all year round. He'll need all the help he can get. Someone took all the candy.

Adverb

She has traveled all around the world. This money will be all yours when I die. She had buttons all down the side of her dress. I forgot all about paying the bill. The kids got all excited when they saw Santa Claus.

Combining form

Her all-consuming passion was music.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Divided by cheese, lettuce, and tomato, the burger carries all the makings of the American classic but isn't the tastiest option on the menu. 12. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Nearly all the 33 parents accused in the case face a single charge of conspiring to commit what is known as honest-services fraud. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Parents in College-Admissions Case Discuss Plea Deals With Prosecutors," 29 Mar. 2019 Through all the backstabbing and bed-hopping, the characters dress impeccably. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Cruel Intentions Is Still a Teenage Fashion Dream 20 Years On," 22 Mar. 2019 With compassion and with love, and being honest, and being there for your child for all the right reasons. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "What Is Gypsy Rose Blanchard Doing Now? Hulu's 'The Act' Tells Her Story," 20 Mar. 2019 For all of your senior friends going off to college, this song brings all the feels. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "36 Nostalgic Songs That Must Be Played At Every Prom, No Questions Asked," 13 Mar. 2019 Rachel was so drawn to their incredibly soft texture, which was a result of all the time spent hanging on a line outside in the sun and wind. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Snowe’s New Linen Bedding is the Key to Sweet Dreams," 26 Feb. 2019 Whether for Instagram or for all the tourists, residents of Burano, Italy, repaint their houses every two years. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 For the Sunset Park recycling facility, Sims worked with a system integrator that found suppliers for all the different hardware required. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But besides that, the idea that food can be good or bad is all around us; Whole30 is just one iteration of diet culture’s ubiquitous messaging about food. Gray Chapman, SELF, "A Nightmare About Nachos Made Me Realize That Dieting Was Causing Me Food Anxiety," 27 Mar. 2019 No wrinkles, no extra chins, nothing but gorgeousness all around. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Nina Dobrev Had a "The Vampire Diaries" Reunion at Her Birthday Party," 14 Jan. 2019 The Intel Graphics Command Center isn’t all about the future, though. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center," 20 Mar. 2019 For their 2019 outing, Kate is wearing a chic gray dress, while Queen Elizabeth has donned an all-pink look by her go-to designer Stewart Parvin. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton & Queen Elizabeth Make a Rare Joint Appearance at King's College in London," 19 Mar. 2019 These events all occurred during the last few days of Jesus's life. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Palm Sunday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 4 Mar. 2019 Liam Willett, a Norland College alumni, said the course was all about making nannies more vigilant. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "Here's What It Takes to Become a Nanny for the British Royal Family," 9 Mar. 2019 The former Republican House Speakers know all about willful backbenchers, and Democratic Reps. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Speaker Ocasio-Cortez," 6 Mar. 2019 The middle is all about the people who helped him create it. Marisa Polansky And Kristine Keller, Vogue, "A Helpful Guide to Nailing Your Oscars Acceptance Speech," 24 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To be clear, a vertical mouse is not some magic cure-all for wrist discomfort. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 Second, better education and more skills are not a cure-all: The data simply do not support the notion that more years of school necessarily translates into better jobs. Oren Cass, WSJ, "‘The Job’ Review: Of Callings and Careers," 22 Oct. 2018 This glittering cocktail ring by Orianne Collins is a surprising cure-all for winter-style blues. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Mad About...Orianne Collins," 26 Jan. 2011 Of course, nobody thinks AI is the cure-all for stopping threats. Adam Janofsky, WSJ, "How AI Can Help Stop Cyberattacks," 18 Sep. 2018 Having spent a good portion of my career working with cancer patients, I have been asked about cancer cure alls and products that make flashy claims. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018 Innkeepers John and Grace Cardona know how to be helpful without hovering, knowledgeable without acting like know-it-alls. Allison Weiss Entrekin, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Hotels in Atlanta," 27 July 2018 The incident is a reminder, though, that Positive Train Control, an automatic speed control and braking system that SEPTA has largely finished installing on its network, isn’t a cure-all for any problem that might come up on the railroad. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Why SEPTA's safety system didn't stop a train collision at Temple University," 7 June 2018 Banning the handling of cellphones isn’t a cure-all, and Hydrick is quick to point out that talking on the phone is still dangerous while driving, even if done via speakerphone or Bluetooth. Tyler Estep, ajc, "State reminds distracted driving violators: Warnings won’t last forever," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of all

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for all

Adjective, Adverb, Pronoun, singular or plural in construction, and Noun

Middle English all, al, from Old English eall; akin to Old High German all all

Combining form

Greek, from allos other — more at else

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all

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: the whole, entire, total amount, quantity, or extent of
: every member or part of
: the whole number or sum of

all

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of all (Entry 2 of 4)

: entirely or completely
: for each side or player

all

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of all (Entry 3 of 4)

: the entire number, quantity, or amount
: the only thing

English Language Learners Definition of all- (Entry 4 of 4)

: entirely : completely
: including everything
US : selected as the best at something (such as a sport) within an area or organization

all

adjective
\ ˈȯl How to pronounce all (audio) \

Kids Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : every one of All students can go.
2 : the whole of He sat up all night.
3 : the whole number of after all these years
4 : any whatever beyond all doubt
5 : the greatest possible Her story was told in all seriousness.

all

adverb

Kids Definition of all (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : completely He sat all alone. I'm all finished.
2 : so much He is all the better for being put in another class.
3 : very entry 2 sense 1 The child was all excited.
4 : for each side The score is two all.

all

pronoun

Kids Definition of all (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the whole number or amount I ate all of the candy.
2 : everything All is lost.
3 : the only thing All I know is I'm done.

Medical Definition of ALL

acute lymphoblastic leukemia; acute lymphocytic leukemia

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