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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

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 With 50 home games to account for, the front office decided to go all out on themes for weekend homestands and nightly offerings. Drew Dawson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 The Mezz is aimed couples who want to go all out for their one-stop dinner and a movie — Mezz seats can only be booked in pairs. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2022 For music's biggest night, celebrities tend to go all out for their red-carpet looks. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 4 Apr. 2022 Couples want to go all out on their weddings and aren't too focused on reining in costs, Tim Chi, CEO of The Knot Worldwide, told CNNBusiness' Markets Now on Wednesday. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 30 Mar. 2022 To appreciate the change of weather, go all out with cheerful floral prints, or opt for the lightest of linens. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 Apple’s awards campaigning didn’t go all out on Heder’s film from the start. Clayton Davis, Variety, 27 Mar. 2022 But a couple months ago, with multiple players sidelined with injuries, the Huskies looked all out of sorts. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2022 It’s all out of here tomorrow, with briefly milder conditions and a windy afternoon on tap. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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