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Definition of all-out

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made with maximum effort : thoroughgoing an all-out effort to win the contest

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Definition of all out (Entry 2 of 2)

: with full determination or enthusiasm : with maximum effort used chiefly in the phrase go all out

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Examples of all-out in a Sentence

Adverb went all out for her New Year's Eve party—she even had fireworks!
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But there's still plenty of time to hash that all out. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "A look ahead to the 2020 IMSA sports car season," 12 Jan. 2020 Most of us wait until the last two weeks before the Kentucky Derby (except for the tomato transplant buyers who are all out there the first of April looking to be the first) to cruise those nurseries. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Got the winter blues? Cheer up with these colorful winter-blooming plants for your garden," 10 Jan. 2020 Soon enough the industry and its allies were launching an all out offensive against the bill. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Washington took a decade to approve an obscure drug-pricing bill. That’s a bad omen for more ambitious reforms," 7 Jan. 2020 The masquerade parades, parties, and all out celebration of Bajan culture spills into every part of the island. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Must-Have Beauty Products For These Must-Visit Travel Destinations," 7 Jan. 2020 Bollinger 2004 La Grande Année Rosé Brut, Champagne, France: For those who really want to go all out this NYE! $235. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "From Champagne to prosecco: How to choose the perfect bottle of bubbles for New Year's Eve," 27 Dec. 2019 Christmas markets dot the city's parks and department stores go all out on their decorations, as do all the nicest hotels. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Mark Hotel's Holiday Package May Be New York's Most Expensive at $250K," 15 Dec. 2019 Big media and tech companies are waging an all out streaming war to fight for viewers' attention, not to mention their subscription dollars. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are producing a reality wedding series for Amazon," 12 Dec. 2019 The players were clearly feeling the spirit of Halloween, with ghosts, monsters, vampires and zombies all out to join in with the festivities., "11 of the Best, Most Chilling, Spooktacular Costumes Worn by Footballers This Halloween," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of all-out


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-out was in 1840

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“All-out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of all-out

: made or done with as much effort as possible
: fully developed


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Kids Definition of all-out

: as great as possible We made an all-out effort to get there on time.

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dull or mediocre

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