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adjective (1)

chiefly British : all-inclusive
chiefly British : being almost without restrictions
all-in wrestling

all in

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adjective (2)

variants or less commonly all-in
: tired, exhausted
Atticus said as tactfully as he could that he just didn't think he could stand a pageant tonight, he was all in.Harper Lee
Inside, the invalid had gone to bed; her mother said, "She was all in," and expressed pity for her, for the first time.Edna O'Brien
: fully committed to or involved in something
The Diamondbacks are all-in for this year. It's why they brought in J. D. Martinez at the trade deadline. They have a healthy mix of young and veteran players, and they're looking to make a run this October.Kevin Skiver
often used in the phrase go all in
With my bonus in tow, I got the far-fetched idea I didn't feel like working that type of pace anymore. So I went all in on real estate on my own.Philip Michael

Note: In poker, to go all in is to bet everything on a hand.

The best my opponent could have at this point was a 5-high straight, so I went all in—my full $220,000 was riding on this hand. The last card was a Jack—and I was out.John Rochowski

Examples of all-in in a Sentence

Adjective (2) was all in after an evening of dancing and partying
Recent Examples on the Web
The critics warned the bill would give courts a green light to abandon reporter recruitment efforts and go all-in on electronic recordings, regardless of promises to the contrary. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 The decision illustrated the downside of going all-in on electric vehicles. Jack Ewing, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Going all-in for the passionate full moon in Scorpio on April 23? Debbie Frank, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 But if Apple is going to go all-in on AI, then the iPhone 16 is going to need a lot more power. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The Huskies declined an all-in deal with Apple and in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 4 opted to enter the Big Ten along with Oregon. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 The Niners have gone all-in on special teams this offseason. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Will the Commanders’ new GM Adam Peters go all-in and swap picks with the Bears to land Williams, a D.C. native? Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 Champions are all-in, all the time - which comes down to intentional prioritization, and relentless execution. Brent Gleeson, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of all-in was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“All-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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