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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

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 Plus, remember all the commotion about people eating detergent pods? Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In a trade that was all about the money, the Nets acquired forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur — two players in the final years of their contracts — along with a 2019 first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2020 from the Nuggets., "Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball," 14 July 2018 Read all about screech and Canada’s other attractions at Phil Marty,, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018 And those four words that are all about freedom keeping coming back... Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Let voters decide! Why Beckham group's soccer stadium plan deserves to be on ballot," 9 July 2018 In time for the dog days of summer, Amtrak customers traveling all around the Midwest can bring their small to medium-sized pets on board trains. Mary Wisniewski,, "Pets now allowed on all Amtrak Midwest routes," 13 July 2018 That ensures you’ll be covered for the strongest roof connections, hurricane-resistant garage and exterior doors and impact glass all around. Ron Hurtibise,, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 There were handshakes all around, and then the threesome stood side-by-side as a military band played the American national anthem. Jill Colvin,, "After Trump’s tumult, time for tea with the queen," 13 July 2018 Unsurprisingly, Serafina's story has gone viral, and people all around the world are commending the 10-year-old's skills. Helena Yeung, Teen Vogue, "10-Year-Old Girl Makes Clay Nails After Not Being Allowed to Wear Press-Ons," 12 July 2018 Tyreek Hill, WR Chiefs Steven: Sammy Watkins is the better all-around player and one of the more dangerous deep threats when healthy. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "10 fantasy football potential busts we're irrationally nervous about in 2018," 12 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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one that holds something together

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