all-pur·​pose ˈȯl-ˈpər-pəs How to pronounce all-purpose (audio)
: suited for many purposes or uses

Examples of all-purpose in a Sentence

there's nothing wrong with all-purpose flour for baking bread, but flour with more gluten is better
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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-purpose was in 1867

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“All-purpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: suitable for many uses
an all-purpose tool

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