\ 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



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, 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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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

Sell, release, do whatever, just rid the club of all these people and several others and then replace them with top quality players along with talented, hungry youngsters., "4 Steps Manchester United Need to Take to Become Great Again," 12 July 2019 For years, Layleen had begged her to join in Pride festivities, but the thought of maneuvering through all those people made Brown anxious. Mankaprr Conteh, Vogue, "How Layleen Cubilette-Polanco’s Family, the House of Xtravaganza, and Activists Are Mourning and Organizing a Month After Her Death," 12 July 2019 Mr Shah insists that all these people will be deported. The Economist, "India’s hunt for “illegal immigrants” is aimed at Muslims," 11 July 2019 Pennington has since retired and the 20-year-old Coca has struggled this season at Class A Wisconsin, but the haul was considerable, all the same. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Boston Red Sox release Tyler Thornburg, cementing a 2016 trade as one of the biggest coups in Brewers franchise history," 10 July 2019 But all this signaling through advertising doesn’t equate to meaningful action or accountability on these issues. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "What It's Like to Stay at a $300-a-Night Crystal-Filled Social Justice Hotel," 10 July 2019 After running ahead for 3 yards, Parker flipped the ball to Drake, who immediately slipped a tackle and picked his way through New England defenders -- and tight end Rob Gronkowski -- all the way to the end zone as time ran out. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Gymnast tops Kenyan Drake, Derrick Henry for ESPY," 10 July 2019 Thank you to all the Pgh international Airport Escorts that were so very kind & the hot firemen who swiftly got me on my feet, into my chair & on my way!!! . . . . Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, ""Dance Moms" Star Abby Lee Miller Fell Out Of Her Wheelchair at the Airport," 10 July 2019 In both areas, women perform nearly all the household work, such as bathing, cleaning and feeding children, washing clothes, and collecting water. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Between domestic chores and agricultural work, rural Indian women have no time for child-rearing," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Others have noted a six-man tag with MJF, Shawn Spears and Sammy Guevara defeating Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin and Joey Janela, an all-action sprint with good character work and dangerous bumps. Jay Reddick,, "AEW Fight for the Fallen: Young Bucks defeat Rhodes brothers in emotional main event," 14 July 2019 His business partner, Tiantian Zhang, whipped out her phone to pay for them via WeChat, the all-in-one messaging and payments app ubiquitous in China, and transferred about 4 yuan, or $0.60, for each battery. NBC News, "China's rising tech scene threatens U.S. brain drain as 'sea turtles' return home," 14 July 2019 The children all had compromised immune systems and had been infected by a strain of adenovirus known to be among the more severe. Erin Allday,, "Death of 9-year-old Milpitas boy to common virus perplexes doctors," 14 July 2019 Mike Lilek is curator of Burnham Block, Inc., an all-volunteer organization with a ledger that shows visitors from 34 countries and every state. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit Milwaukee and Wisconsin this summer, before the world does in 2020," 14 July 2019 This logic extends to all big policy promises flying around, including tech company breakups, student loan debt cancellation, new taxes or whatever. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Is ‘Medicare for All’ a health hazard for stocks in your 401(k)?," 14 July 2019 Since insulation materials were all synthetic, there was no information or knowledge or publications about a similar product, Amstislavski said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Using fungi, UAA team develops biodegradable insulation for shipping Alaska seafood," 14 July 2019 Casey McCrackin, Justus Perry, Morgan Podany, Taylon Snow and Kendall Veach, Bree Fornis, Chardonnay Harris and Makalya Martin, are all gone. Sam Blum |,, "Auburn’s 10 potential breakout athletes for 2019-20," 14 July 2019 Over the years, McMurtry managed to appear in all 37 plays in the Shakespeare canon, his wife said. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remembering Jonathan McMurtry — Old Globe associate artist, teacher and dean of Shakespeare actors in San Diego," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The benefits of stem cells are hotly debated in the medical community, and federal regulators have warned the public to beware of clinics that peddle unapproved injections as a cure-all. Time, "Employers Are Steering Workers Toward Controversial Stem Cell Therapies," 19 June 2019 Still, technology isn’t the cure-all for California’s wildfire problem. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Blame Utilities for Wildfires. But Blame Everyone Else Too," 14 June 2019 Next, the governor brings lawmakers back in a Special Session, and tongue-clucking know-it-alls (like me) chide them for how much all this costs., "How I learned to quit worrying and love the special session," 3 June 2019 The 2018 Hollywood film was the first in 25 years to feature an all Asian and Asian American cast. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "Asian Americans push for Smithsonian gallery of their own," 19 May 2019 And while modern medicine has eclipsed its historic use as cure-all, castor oil is now a trendy budget beauty buy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 As basements tend to be storage catch-alls, decluttering is next. Lisa Marie Hart, USA TODAY, "Take a fresh approach to updating your entire house," 25 Mar. 2018 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

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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

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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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



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

: entirely or completely
: for each side or player



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


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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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something desired as essential

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