: being for or of all time up to and including the present
especially : exceeding all others of all time
an all-time bestseller

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And that really is first and foremost the reason David vs. Goliath became an all-time great. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 18 May 2023 Uncomfortable at times, James improved under Spoelstra, became a more efficient player and had a couple of his all-time best seasons with Miami. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 17 May 2023 On May 6, Luang Prabang in Laos made it to 110.3 degrees, beating out its 108.9-degree all-time record set just last month. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2023 He’s currently tied for first on the NHL’s list of active all-time leading playoff scorers. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 17 May 2023 Alabama is 2-7-1 against Texas all-time, with the Longhorns’ last win coming in the 1982 Cotton Bowl. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 16 May 2023 Still, with a career average of 23.4 points and 5.7 assists per game, eight All-Star selections, three All-NBA teams and a 2016 championship, Irving is one of the all-time greats. Andrew Birkle, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2023 Allen, who finished as the state’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 149 for his four-year career, closed out his high school career on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium with 398 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 45-35 win over Brebeuf Jesuit in the Class 3A state finals. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2023 Brian Wacker: The Ravens are 35-13 all-time against the Browns, but Cleveland has won six of the past 10, including the past two in Cleveland. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of all-time was in 1910

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“All-time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all-time. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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