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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


went all out for her New Year's Eve party—she even had fireworks!

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The Met Gala has always been a good excuse to go all out. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Camp Beauty Trends at the Met Gala, From Neon Gazes to Ceiling-Bound Hair," 7 May 2019 This creates dimension and also helps to smudge it all out. Glamour, "This Easy Eyeliner Trick Finally Helped Me Nail a Smoky Eye," 15 Mar. 2019 Lay it all out and begin to group items into specific categories. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Home Edit Founders Share Their Top Organizing Tips for 2019," 29 Jan. 2019 This little bedside box drowns it all out: the honking, the barking, the squeaking ... just the blissful sounds of crickets on a warm summer night. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "I Can’t Sleep Without My Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine," 11 Jan. 2019 There are so many ways to go all out with a promposal, from dressing up as a hot dog to offering a full vacation to your potential prom date (hey, it’s happened!). Alanna Greco, Seventeen, "These Celebs Have the *Best* Promposal Ideas," 12 Mar. 2019 Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry went all out in presenting Best Costume Design. Vogue, "These Are the Most Viral Moments From the Oscars 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 In classic Kylie fashion, the reality star went all out for the big game, opting for a voluminous fur coat with white, black, and gray patches over a dark turtleneck. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster Watch the Super Bowl in the Cutest Way Possible," 4 Feb. 2019 Show stopping moments comprised of Beyoncé’s amethyst lids, which paired well with honey waves, glowing coral cheeks, and a peachy gloss to balance it all out. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Adwoa Aboah, Beyoncé, and More," 24 Feb. 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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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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