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Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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 4)

1a : wholly, quite sat all alone often used as an intensiveall 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 combinationall-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 4)

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 4)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for all

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kentucky is strong on both sides of the line, especially with an offensive front with multiple all-conference contenders. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ranking the seven SEC games on its opening college football weekend," 26 Sep. 2020 Steen also began all-company listening sessions where people can share ideas, thoughts and concerns on what CrowdStreet could do to be more welcoming, understanding and diverse. oregonlive, "CrowdStreet takes pride in its workplace energy, commitment to clients: Top Workplaces 2020," 2 Aug. 2020 At Kinkaid, Smith earned multiple all-conference honors and led the Falcons to consecutive SPC titles. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Kinkaid graduates Stephens, Smith garner top C-USA honors," 13 July 2020 The younger Fredrickson also remembers watching his older brother play youth football for the Leyden Bears all the way through his high school varsity career. Gregg Voss, chicagotribune.com, "Leyden’s Vince Fredrickson evokes memories of older brother, Dom; ‘They are kind of the same guy’," 16 Sep. 2019 Zamata credits Meghie with giving all the players a level of nuance. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Sasheer Zamata Is Back and Reinventing the Rom-Com," 16 Sep. 2019 Just as Tomori was entering into the defensive conversation for all the right reasons, Luiz was sliding back into the opposite one. SI.com, "Fikayo Tomori: The Other Academy Graduate Thriving at Frank Lampard's Chelsea," 16 Sep. 2019 Event organizers know all this, of course, and many will schedule outdoor fund-raisers for early fall with reasonable expectations of drawing significant interest. BostonGlobe.com, "The foundation says some 500 participants come out each year to bike or run/walk for charities that create their own teams and use the “tour” as a fund-raising platform.," 16 Sep. 2019 But at present, after the 102-loss Tigers smiled for their annual team photo, Ilitch spoke inside the team’s dugout ahead of a series that matters — for all the wrong reasons. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers owner still whiffing on the big question: When will wins come?," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Intense, but all about loving his players up, just like Allen. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football coach Tom Allen on COVID pandemic: 'One big, fat, juicy, stressful situation'," 15 Sep. 2020 One is that these cretins apparently hadn’t gotten the message that BLM is supposedly all about reforming the police, rather than expressing a comprehensive, unthinking animus against the cops. Rich Lowry, National Review, "A Shameful Attack on the Police," 15 Sep. 2020 Planning is all about risk management and risk reduction. NBC News, "Stephanie Ruhle: Nearly half of workers don't feel supported by their boss. Here's what to do when you need help.," 15 Sep. 2020 The stimulus package received 52 votes in favor, all from Republicans. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "The federal $300 unemployment benefit is set to expire. Will there be a replacement?," 14 Sep. 2020 All work the students complete for a business is free, as it’s all about the experience for the students. cleveland, "Avon city-wide scavenger hunt sweepstakes features duct tape sculptures: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 12 Sep. 2020 To read all about the play, check out Dennis Victory’s account of the play. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Tom Brady reacts to viral Alabama high school football play: ‘This is why we love football!!!’," 12 Sep. 2020 Read the entire story 1960s house with modern updates: The 1960s was all about swank. oregonlive, "5 unique Portland houses for sale: Historic mansion to a manufactured home," 12 Sep. 2020 Richard Zaleski: … there's a significant possibility that Shanti knew all about it. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was a Florida man's obsession with a home renovation a motive for murder?," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The event features inspiring client stories and amazing auction items, while guests enjoy a three-course dinner provided by La Cocina Catering, Chrysalis Center’s onsite social enterprise - all from the comforts of their own home. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 Sep. 2020 The event features inspiring client stories and amazing auction items, while guests enjoy a three-course dinner provided by La Cocina Catering, Chrysalis Center’s onsite social enterprise - all from the comforts of their own home. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 4 Sep. 2020 Past experience suggests convalescent plasma may not be a cure-all for Covid-19, however, as its use was eventually phased out for most diseases. Jillian Mock, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Peculiar 100-Plus-Year History of Convalescent Plasma," 1 Sep. 2020 The affidavit also alleges that the Grenons had previously marketed MMS as a miracle cure-all for dozens of other serious diseases and disorders, including cancer, Alzheimer's, autism, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS. Pierre Mielhan And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Florida man and his sons charged with selling toxic chemical as a coronavirus cure to thousands," 11 July 2020 The event features inspiring client stories and amazing auction items, while guests enjoy a three-course dinner provided by La Cocina Catering, Chrysalis Center’s onsite social enterprise - all from the comforts of their own home. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 21 Aug. 2020 Free or low-cost, high-quality early education cannot be a cure-all for economic and social ills accumulated over centuries. Kendra Hurley, Good Housekeeping, "There Is No Equality Without Affordable Childcare, but Little Is Being Done About It," 10 Aug. 2020 This cuticle oil formula, produced in small batches and made locally in Austin, Texas, is not a magical cure-all for nail-biting. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Cute Nail Studio's Cuticle Oil Pen Is Saving My Nails From Isolation Stress," 7 Aug. 2020 It’s winner-take-all by state, and given the nation’s polarized political climate, most states end up with lopsided outcomes where fraud would have to be on a massive scale to account for the margin of victory. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Ted Cruz rejects Trump idea to delay the election, as Democrats see brewing autocracy," 30 July 2020

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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

Middle English al, all, alle, going back to Old English eall (West Saxon), all (Anglian), going back to Germanic *alla- (whence also Old Frisian al, alle "the whole of," Old Saxon all, Old High German al, all, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls), probably going back to *al-no- or *ol-no-, derivative of a base *ala-/*ola- seen in compounds (as Old English ælmihtig almighty entry 1, Old Saxon alohwīt "completely white," Old High German alawāri "quite true," Gothic alabrunsts "burnt offering," calque of Greek holokaútōma), of uncertain origin

Note: Both the correct repertoire of comparable forms and a valid Indo-European reconstruction have been subjects of dispute. Perhaps directly comparable to Germanic *ol-no- is Welsh oll, holl "the whole, all" (with h- of secondary origin); the same base might be present in Old Irish uile "all, every," if going back to *ol-i̯o-. (Old Irish oll "great, ample" is probably not related.) Outside of Germanic and Celtic other comparisons have been suggested, as Oscan allo "whole, entire" and Lithuanian aliái (in aliái víenas "all, everyone"). As an Indo-European reconstruction, Kroonen (Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic) proposes *h2el-nó- for Germanic and *h2ol-i̯o- for Old Irish uile, though the assumption of ablaut seems arbitrary. Whatever the ultimate origin, an etymon restricted to western (European) Indo-European.

Adverb

Middle English al, all, going back to Old English all, representing adverbial uses of the quantifier all entry 1

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Middle English al, all, going back to Old English all, pronominal use of the quantifier all entry 1

Noun

nominal use of the pronoun all entry 3

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

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29 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“All.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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

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)

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

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.

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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