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Definition of allover

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: covering the whole extent or surface a sweater with an allover pattern



Definition of allover (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : an embroidered, printed, or lace fabric with a design covering most of the surface
2 : a pattern or design in which a single unit is repeated so as to cover an entire surface

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Definition of all over (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : over the whole extent decorated all over with a flower pattern
2 : everywhere looked all over for the book
3 : in every respect : thoroughly she is her mother all over

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Definition of all over (Entry 4 of 4)

1 informal : in eagerly affectionate, attentive, or aggressive pursuit of (someone or something) the band's fans were all over them
2 informal : very critical of (someone) in usually an angry or unreasonable way the press was all over the coach after the loss

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Synonyms & Antonyms for allover

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of allover in a Sentence

Adjective a rug with an allover pattern Adverb I've looked all over—even outside—and I can't find my other shoe. his writing style is his mentor's all over
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Appearing in Paris on Tuesday, Harry stepped on stage in a gray suit with allover glitter. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Wears Glitter Saint Laurent Suit in Paris," 15 Mar. 2018 The paintings seem to begin with an allover field of semiautomatic drawing: fast and furious squiggles, loops and grids, rendered in graphite and charcoal and annotated with watery color. Roberta Smith, Martha Schwendener, Jason Farago And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 7 Feb. 2018 Marc Jacobs Grand glitter platform sneakers, $275, Barneys New York These slip-ons have everything: a platform sole, allover glitter coating, a bow detail (like the one made popular by the aforementioned Fenty Puma line). Leeann Duggan, Glamour, "18 Sneakers to Buy After You've Worn Out Your Stan Smiths," 4 Aug. 2017 In an effort to combat the damaging free radicals that lead to macular degeneration, Occugard's Blutein Protection supplement combines antioxidants like lutein, which helps to filter high-energy blue light, and Vitamin A to boost allover eye health. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 New Beauty Supplements That Will Help You Look and Feel Better," 4 Aug. 2017 In 2017, the best swim trunks run the gamut from bold Baywatch-level shorts to those with allover patterns as bold as a Hawaiian shirt. Liza Corsillo, GQ, "3 Swim Trunks That You Can Also Work Out In," 25 July 2017 In addition, some of the Pleasures pieces, including the checkerboard track pants ($100) and allover print camp shirts ($80), are currently available via online pre-order to ship by July 1. Adam Tschorn,, "At Made LA, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa make the traditional runway show disappear in a puff of smoke," 14 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An allover physical, sometimes called a wellness exam. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: A healthy pet in the new year," 11 Jan. 2020 Thick-and-thin or other novelty yarns, used allover or for fringe details, bring even more character. Sharon Graubard,, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 But these blocks of allover crayon-box tints are on video, not canvas, and literally oscillate around their edges. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Pulsating dramas of light and sound," 12 July 2019 Although album cover art (heavy metal and punk), allover prints (the aforementioned California silhouette and the S.R. STUDIO. Adam Tschorn,, "Artist Sterling Ruby’s apparel collection makes its runway — and retail — debut," 14 June 2019 If your sunburn is less of an allover situation and more of a spot-treatment job, dab concealer onto only the reddest parts of your face. Julie Ricevuto, Glamour, "How to Treat a Bad Sunburn and Hide It Instantly," 28 May 2019 Finally, an allover application of Pravana Chromasilk Vivids in Silver sat for about 15 minutes and transformed my flaxen highlights to metallic gray. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "I Just Got Gray Highlights, and Now I Love My Hair More Than Ever," 10 Apr. 2019 Sleep More, Stress Less While a no-brainer for allover health, getting adequate sleep and controlling stress play a pivotal part in keeping your gut in check. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Healthy Gut Is the Secret to Better Sleep, Clear Skin, and Less Stress," 6 Apr. 2018 Elsewhere, a shocking-pink Astroturf lines the floor of a room debuting Jungle, a line of indoor-outdoor seating covered in an allover pink-and-green palm print. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The New Versace Home Collection Is the Fantasy of Our Candy-Colored, Neon-Tinged Dreams," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of allover


1771, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined at sense 2


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Allover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of allover

: covering the whole surface of something

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