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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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Adverb went all out for her New Year's Eve party—she even had fireworks!
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Laura: So the FBI had looked into these three types of sound, ruled them all out, correct? The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Transcript: The Unsolved Mystery of Havana Syndrome," 3 Feb. 2021 His feed is a fascinating blend of vintage photos, childhood snapshots, movie stills, and travel pics, with the occasional selfie thrown in to balance it all out. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "Who Is Alev Aydin, the Father of Halsey's First Child?," 27 Jan. 2021 As the city scrambles to figure it all out, people like 78-year-old David Boyd have no idea what to do. Trisha Thadani,, "Why are people from out-of-town able to get vaccinated in San Francisco?," 26 Jan. 2021 Now let it all out, exhaling a long, slow breath through your mouth. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "What employers risk getting wrong about mindfulness and mental health," 17 Jan. 2021 For those of us who’ve lived in sweatsuits and house dresses for months, J.Lo going all out in a tiered red Christian Siriano dress was a sight for sore eyes. Eliza Huber,, "See J.Lo, Demi Lovato & More Stunners On The People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet," 16 Nov. 2020 Microsoft went all out to make the Surface Duo as thin as humanly possible. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Surface Duo review—Orphaned Windows hardware makes a poor Android device," 16 Oct. 2020 Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Blake Treinen, Pedro Báez, Kiké Hernández, Jake McGee and Alex Wood are all out there, waiting to sign with someone. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Answering some off-season questions," 29 Dec. 2020 The stainless steel headband and knit mesh top are all out in the open. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "AirPods Max review: A high price for luxury performance," 17 Dec. 2020

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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 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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