all

adjective
\ ˈȯl \

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

Released back in July, the first teaser shows all the wonderful things to come to Hawkins in the new Starcourt Mall, including shops, eateries, and a new movie theater. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New Stranger Things 3 teaser confirms 2019 release, reveals episode titles," 10 Dec. 2018 Even with all the holiday cheer and decorations—or maybe because of them—a lot of people suffer from depression this time of the year. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "6 Simple Things That Help Me Deal With Holiday Depression," 29 Nov. 2018 Real sales lure you in all the same, then send you away with a bunch of cheap stuff, clearing out space for new products to sell. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "The bleak hope of the day-after-Christmas sale," 27 Dec. 2018 But that's not all the 37-year-old did to prepare for her character. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Vanessa Ray Had to Do Insane Training to Prepare for the Show," 21 Dec. 2018 Expect to add 30 minutes to your morning routine, thanks to all the conditioning and taming your new mane will require. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "5 Things You Need To Know Before Going Platinum," 17 Dec. 2018 Condolences to all the current and hypothetical Heroes of the Storm pros who just found this out right before the holidays, and to any developers potentially affected. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 In doing so, they honor tradition — and all the ways it might be redefined. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 On the other hand, RCS does have all the standard security protocols, including Transport Layer Security (the underlying tech behind HTTPS), and IPsec (Internet Protocol Security), which is used in VPNs. Barbara Krasnoff, The Verge, "What is RCS and why you might want it," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

To me, this was like walking into an all-you-can-eat buffet and only eating spoonfuls of ketchup. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The only game I play on my phone is Minesweeper," 27 Oct. 2018 Before long, these devices will be all around us, and the experience will feel increasingly like talking to a real person. Steven Brykman, Ars Technica, "Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets," 22 Dec. 2018 In addition to inspiring TATBILB fans all around the world to dress like her Netflix character, Lara Jean Covey, Lana’s IRL style is also definitely worth emulating. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor Wears Sweater Briefs in Euphoria Magazine Cover Feature," 15 Dec. 2018 Guests will enjoy recreated scenes from their favorite mother-daughter duo, with original props and costumes all around. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Attention, Gilmore Girls Fans: You Can Now Lunch At Lorelai Gilmore's House," 11 Dec. 2018 The nonprofit, now in its fifth year, works with artisan groups from all around the world, from Guatemala to Thailand, to sell handmade goods that will allow women to generate a sustainable income. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla's Little Market is Empowering Women Around the World," 14 Nov. 2018 His makeup artist paired the champagne shadow, which was brushed all around his eyes, with black tightliner. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 2018 While the current Alienware 15 R4 is about 15.3 x 12 x 1 inches, the new Alienware m15 is 14.3 x 10.8 x 0.8 inches—significantly trimmer all around. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with Alienware m15: The thinnest 15-inch Alienware laptop ever made," 4 Oct. 2018 The stress of traveling, change in barometric pressure, change in time zones, and just being at an airport can all trigger a headache. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Here, a glass of red wine made from grapes grown just outside the restaurant can be the ultimate cure-all. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 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 3)

: 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 3)

: entirely or completely

: for each side or player

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

: entirely : completely

: including everything

: selected as the best at something (such as a sport) within an area or organization

all

adjective
\ ˈȯl \

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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