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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



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



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, 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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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


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.


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

Brandon was a good man and loved with all his heart., "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 Without the presence of gravity, no gas bubbles float to the surface and separate from the mixture—instead all the gas remains to create a foam. Charles W. Dunnill, Scientific American, "Method of Making Oxygen from Water in Zero Gravity Raises Hope for Long-Distance Space Travel," 10 July 2018 The sophisticated all-wheel-drive system can also eliminate understeer. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 Photo: kim kyung hoon/Reuters BMW investors will likely wait for the fine print before cheering all this—its shares are only up 1% in the past two days. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Trade Tensions Help BMW Enter China’s Fast Lane," 13 July 2018 For the man who set all this in motion, the mushroom cloud was unfolding before his very eyes. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Accountability for the Algorithms," 13 July 2018 Chopra, standing out in a tangerine silk suit among all the floral dresses, fulfilled her own rules for a good party: loud laughter, good wine, and maybe a little bit of dancing. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Talking With Priyanka Chopra on a Swing in the Hamptons," 13 July 2018 Iñárritu has considered all the elements that surround his virtual reality video to humanize the story of immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 That was the kind of contrast visible Saturday morning to all those who attended the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, which was scheduled to draw thousands of firearm enthusiasts this weekend. Paul Sisson,, "Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters," 15 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Matt Duffy, Mallex Smith and Adeiny Hechavarria all had three hits for the Rays. Brian Hall,, "Tampa Bay Rays turn three-inning outburst into 19-6 win over Minnesota Twins," 14 July 2018 Pininfarina even went down the road of building an all-electric car with its own badge on the hood in 2008, which was supposed to go on sale in 2010. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 The huge exterior pouch holds a wet rain fly, river shoes, and jacket—all at once. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 This is our favorite place to be: all together and at home. Olivia Harrison,, "Meet Brett & Kara Phillips, HGTV's Next Chip & Joanna Gaines," 13 July 2018 Still, knee injuries can be a tricky matter for pitchers, as the Indians know all too well. New York Times, "Yankees, With No Lead to Protect Against the Indians, Get to Rest Aroldis Chapman," 13 July 2018 Utah enacted a similar law a few days before, so all 50 states now allow public breastfeeding. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 For example, Ring Alarm, new to the market last week, is $519 for hardware; with five years of monitoring, the all-in cost is $1,119. Diane Cowen, San Antonio Express-News, "Home security is more affordable — and better —than ever," 12 July 2018 Now, just a few months later, 12 previously all-inclusive airlines—plus Wow Air and Norwegian—offer some version of bare bones comfort at ultra-low prices, often eliminating free checked luggage and seat selection. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "International Basic Economy: How Every Major Airline Compares," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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 Businesses are operating and the roads are no longer free-for-alls now that many traffic lights are working again. Ben Fox, Fox News, "Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms," 20 June 2018 Businesses are operating and the roads are no longer free-for-alls now that many traffic lights are working again. CBS News, ""This isn't a suitable place to live": Many in Puerto Rico under tarps as storm threat looms," 20 June 2018 Well, people do that all the time, especially those of us who are irritating pop music know-it-alls and who burn CDs for our friends and kids and friends’ kids that more often than not end up serving as coasters. Ty Burr,, "Every playlist tells a story," 14 June 2018 Sleeping in until noon after an all-nighter playing Fortnite is not something Colleyville Heritage shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. will be doing this summer. William Wilkerson, star-telegram, "No ordinary summer schedule for potential No. 1 pick in 2019 MLB Draft," 12 June 2018 Hasseltine is all but expecting to pull an all-nighter before the early-morning vote Wednesday. Jonas Shaffer,, "With FIFA vote Wednesday, World Cup could return to U.S. and make Baltimore debut in 2026," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of all


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


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


1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for all


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


see all entry 1

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

see all entry 1


see all entry 1

Combining form

Greek, from allos other — more at else

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The first known use of all was before the 12th century

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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



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


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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.



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.



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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to express warning or disapproval

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