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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



Definition of all (Entry 2 of 4)

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 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



Definition of all (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In general, all-metal and metal and plastic combo garden hose nozzles are superior to those made entirely out of plastic. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 High school students in Long Beach began advocating for multi-stall, all-gender restrooms in 2018. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Think of it as your all-access pass to Singapore, and don't leave your hotel room without it. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 2 Dec. 2021 The report highlighted racial-hiring gains with general managers and assistant coaches to all-time high levels., 25 Aug. 2021 Positioning it there gave them space enough to design the garage as a drive-through, so cars enter from the street through the front, all-glass doors and then exit through the doors in the back, which lead to an alley behind the house. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 The new pavilion would be built in the same spot on the northeast side of the lake with a large vendor hall, all-gender bathroom, performance nook and steps leading into the water. Susan Du, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 By then, all-metal designs were the standard for the major components of aircraft, which provided lots of benefits but one big one: easy maintenance. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 Bringing in a 24-year-old, all-world talent from North Chelmsford, and showing him how Bergeron and Marchand operate (see: Hall, Taylor), could be ideal., 15 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb And, without a Marvel-sized budget, they're all done with B-movie verve. Lauren Puckett-pope, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 In the Maruwahi stretch of the border, much of the drinking happens in the mango orchards that hug the dividing line, at picnics that are all about what’s in the bottle, not a food basket. New York Times, 19 May 2022 Swedish tech company Einride's mission is all about reducing carbon emissions and making the Earth a more healthy place to live with its electric and autonomous freight trucks, pods and trailers. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The days immediately before the events, however, are all about feeling good and prepared. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 But for her, developing AMH therapies is all about creating more options. Ryan Cross,, 19 May 2022 Alessandro Michele is all about maximalism, and his latest collection for Gucci bit off about as much as a person can possibly chew. ELLE, 18 May 2022 And that's really what Monday was all about – the pursuit of a challenge and the chase that comes with a dream. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 18 May 2022 Attending with her boyfriend Andre Lemmers, Lima delivered a glamorous maternity moment that was all about accentuating her growing baby bump. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Igor Larionov, who never had thrown a punch in his professional career, ignited the free-for-all by standing up to Forsberg along the boards. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 With both teams’ full rosters on the field playing a 20-something on 20-something free-for-all at the end, the final goal of the match for Team Blue was scored by none other than a 17-year-old Ukrainian who recently made his debut for T2. oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2022 Succession planning won’t necessarily be a cure-all for your talent woes. Rhett Power, Forbes, 8 May 2022 The smallest size is good for quick prep work, while the biggest one is good for larger tasks; the middle is a good catch-all for everyday tasks like chopping carrots and onions. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 And some research indicates that diversity cannot be a cure-all for departments, especially when traditional training and police culture remain in place. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2022 But Gilpin warns that this isn't the kind of book that serves as some kind of juicy tell-all about the TV and film roles she's played over the years, from GLOW to Nurse Jackie to The Hunt. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 19 Apr. 2022 Burns shoved him off and Chimaev landed an open-hand slap - all after the horn. Nolan King, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2022 And some research indicates that diversity cannot be a cure-all for departments, especially when traditional training and police culture remain in place. Robert Klemko, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 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.


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


nominal use of the pronoun all entry 3

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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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