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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 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



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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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 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 New clothes are great for all those reasons — as well as for the option of pairing them with beloved older pieces already in my wardrobe, as an excuse to wear those pieces one more time. Longreads, "My Love Affair with Chairs," 13 Sep. 2019 To achieve all this, the GOP did not once look across the aisle. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "North Carolina Sends Democrats a Wake-Up Call," 12 Sep. 2019 So what should gun owners, and those thinking about joining us, make of all this? Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Do Guns Help People Defend Themselves?," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But first, not what a hamburger's all about: Two members of a group opposed to a new In-N-Out Burger announce a bid for elected office in the Coachella Valley. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: Dual-language programs grow in a state hungry for them," 14 Jan. 2020 The three Coffee and Conversation sessions currently scheduled for the first quarter include Jan. 16, Feb. 18 and March 11, all from 8 to 9 a.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, 7307 Avon Belden Road. cleveland, "North Ridgeville mayor to continue Coffee and Conversation," 13 Jan. 2020 So start taking care of y’all mentals, y’all bodies and y’all chicken for when y’all ready to walk away. oregonlive, "Watch: Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch tells young players to ‘take care of ya’ll chicken’ in classic press conference," 13 Jan. 2020 Water, natural gas and electricity service were all disconnected. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend storm brings 'catastrophic' damage to areas along Lake Michigan shoreline," 13 Jan. 2020 The three top candidates are all well within the poll’s margin of error, with Sanders at 27%, Biden at 24% and Warren at 23%. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren lead new California poll," 13 Jan. 2020 The junior earned all-ACC honors this season as quarterbacks mostly avoided throwing in his direction. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "10 prospects in College Football Playoff championship who could interest Detroit Lions," 13 Jan. 2020 Violence has roiled the Mississippi prison system for more than a week, with state corrections officials imposing a statewide lockdown and a county coroner declaring that gangs in the prisons have launched an all-out war against one another. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Lawmakers Refused to Increase an Infamous Prison’s Funding. Then, Chaos Erupted.," 12 Jan. 2020 The father was holding the two children when a wave swept all three into the water at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Falcon Cove area, near the small coastal community of Cannon Beach, authorities said. Time, "Oregon Girl Dead, Brother Remains Missing After Being Swept Into Ocean," 12 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The products are touted by some as a cure-all for chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis and a variety of other medical ailments. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local for her: Louisville's 5 best self-care gifts for the woman in your life," 18 Nov. 2019 There’s no cure-all, and every potential fix is fraught with maddening complications. Matt Simon, WIRED, "We’re Eating This Planet to Death," 8 Aug. 2019 WhatsApp has fixed some of these issues, but has also said that some of them are inherent in any group communication, like an email thread inundated with reply-alls. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "WhatsApp Fixes Yet Another Group Chat Security Gap," 17 Dec. 2019 Conair Travel Smart Pro Garment Steamer Best for international travel: An easy user favorite, this 450-watt travel steamer comes with a detachable bristle and lint brush to get your outfit shiny, new, and wrinkle-free all at once. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Travel Steamers for a Wrinkle-Free Vacation," 5 Dec. 2019 Malls are becoming community catch-alls for government offices, dance studios, medical clinics, homeless centers, massage parlors, live theaters and even apartments. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "As malls struggle with retail, more are embracing alternative occupants," 19 Oct. 2019 Perhaps if the moderators would ask questions that the American public would like answered instead of questions meant as gotchas or free-for-alls, debates would be more informative. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine - The Boston Globe," 21 Sep. 2019 The famous free-for-alls had epitomized the company’s egalitarian ethos, a place where employees and leaders could talk freely about nearly anything. Wired, "Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF'—and Ends Its Culture of Openness," 19 Nov. 2019 But the National Association of Home Builders maintains on its website that sprinklers aren’t a cure-all. BostonGlobe.com, "“If we really want to change the outcome of future fires, we need to start putting fire sprinklers in these buildings,” said David LaFond, the former Holyoke fire chief who’s currently a New England regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association. “We can really mitigate the hazards.”," 15 Nov. 2019

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

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“All.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all-. Accessed 25 January 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



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.



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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dull or mediocre

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