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

Sunday was a day of rest and finalizing all the details for my outfit. Wendy Yu, Vogue, "Wendy Yu Shares Her Met Gala Photo Diary," 14 May 2019 Unlace the shoe all the way to the bottom, so the lace is only in the bottom eyelet on the left and the right side. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 Get all the details on the newest member of the royal family right here. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Is Officially in Labor With the Royal Baby!," 6 May 2019 There was an improvement—watch the video for all the details. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on: MSI's GS65 Stealth Thin, our first look at a 9th-gen Core i7-9750H and GTX 1660 TI," 30 Apr. 2019 There are all these apps and this idea that there’s someone better out there. Caitlin Brody, Glamour, "Hulu's Ramy Is Going to Be Your Next TV Obsession," 20 Apr. 2019 Even public transportation doesn’t necessarily make things easier all the time. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s ending has Rebecca sharing her progress in songwriting with all the people in her life at an open mic night after a year of piano and singing lessons. Sydney Bucksbaum, Teen Vogue, ""Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Finale Gives Rebecca a Different Kind of Happy Ending," 6 Apr. 2019 The conservatives use those alternative facts all the time, and so does Trump. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But that's not all: This rollercoaster of a season ended with one of Rebecca's most dramatic moments yet. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "There's a Wild 'This Is Us' Fan Theory That Says Rebecca Actually Ends Up With Nicky," 3 Apr. 2019 But that's not all: From March 24 through March 26, SkinStore will be offering 25 percent off products on site. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "SkinStore’s Anniversary Sale Just Gave Me an Excuse to Buy More Beauty Products (As If I Needed One)," 15 Mar. 2019 While the full list of 60 books features authors of color, the 33 books Sasse cites in the column itself are all by white authors. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Alice Walker anti-Semitism controversy, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 Maggy prophesied that Cersei would marry the king and have three children, who would all die. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This New Game of Thrones Theory Predicts How Cersei Will Die," 19 Apr. 2019 While milk paint is all-natural and contains zero VOC's, chalk paint is chemically-based. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Milk Paint: The Eco-Friendly Option That Everyone Should Know," 18 Apr. 2019 Usually this would all cost north of $400, but Walmart is discounting that price down to $330. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Walmart's Nintendo Switch Bundle Is Back. This Time With a USB-C Accessory in Tow.," 18 Apr. 2019 About 200 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies get delivered all across the country, by a small army of volunteers. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "The Logistics of Girl Scout Cookies: Suitcases, Pallets, Mom’s Garage," 18 Apr. 2019 Barnwood Builders, Building Off the Grid, and Salvage Dawgs all all appear to be favorites that fans don’t want to see go. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines' DIY Network Takeover Sparks Concern Among Fans," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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