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Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of needed all the courage they had sat up all night
b : as much as possible spoke in all seriousness
2 : every member or individual component of all men will go all five children were present
3 : the whole number or sum of all the angles of a triangle are equal to two right angles
4 : every all manner of hardship
5 : any whatever beyond all doubt
6 : nothing but : only all work and no play :
a : completely taken up with, given to, or absorbed by became all attention
b : having or seeming to have (some physical feature) in conspicuous excess or prominence all legs
c : paying full attention with all ears
7 dialect : used up : entirely consumed used especially of food and drink
8 : being more than one person or thing I don't know who all is coming.
all the
: as much of … as : as much of a … as all the home I ever had



Definition of all (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : wholly, quite sat all alone often used as an intensive all out of proportionall over the yardit wasn't all that funny
b : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization used in combination all-league halfback
2 obsolete : only, exclusively
3 archaic : just
4 : so much all the better for it
5 : for each side : apiece the score is two all

Definition of all (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality all that I have all of us all of the books
b used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness
2 : everybody, everything gave equal attention to all that is all
all in all
: on the whole : generally all in all, things might have been worse
and all
: and everything else especially of a kind suggested by a previous context cards to fill out with … numbers and all— Sally Quinn



Definition of all (Entry 4 of 4)

: the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy gave his all for the cause

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Synonyms & Antonyms for all

Synonyms: Adjective

concentrated, entire, exclusive, focused (also focussed), undivided, whole

Synonyms: Adverb

all of, all over, altogether, clean, completely, dead, enough, entire, entirely, even, exactly, fast, flat, full, fully, heartily, out, perfectly, plumb [chiefly dialect], quite, soundly, thoroughly, through and through, totally, utterly, well, wholly, wide

Synonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

everybody, everyone

Antonyms: Adjective

diffuse, divided, scattered

Antonyms: Adverb

half, halfway, incompletely, part, partially, partly

Antonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

nobody, none, no one

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whole, entire, total, all mean including everything or everyone without exception. whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away. read the whole book entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added. the entire population was wiped out total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered. the total number of people present all may equal whole, entire, or total. all proceeds go to charity

Examples of all in a Sentence


I've been waiting all week to see her. He had to walk all the way home. She works all year round. He'll need all the help he can get. Someone took all the candy.


She has traveled all around the world. This money will be all yours when I die. She had buttons all down the side of her dress. I forgot all about paying the bill. The kids got all excited when they saw Santa Claus.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Bounsanga continues to do this because the rice helps the sausage retain the flavor of the pork fat and all the other ingredients added to the sausage: lemongrass, dill, garlic, scallions, cilantro, and makrut lime leaves. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "I’m a Self-Dubbed Sausage Expert and This Sausage Is the Best," 23 Aug. 2019 His husband and business partner, Carlo Barone Lumaga, knows all the local shopkeepers by name; many of them have been there for decades. Ian Phillips, ELLE Decor, "Tour This Fashion Designer’s Dark and Atmospheric Milan Apartment," 23 Aug. 2019 Nestled within the Stella Biergarten on the Overlook, this photo spot offers a sweeping view of all the WorldFest activities to share on social media. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Travel the world without leaving Louisville. Here's what to know about 2019 Worldfest," 23 Aug. 2019 My teeth ache a little now all the time, under a steady and unrelenting pressure just this side of ignorable. Summer Block, Longreads, "Better Late," 23 Aug. 2019 Jam-tomorrow firms like Amazon and Netflix are all the rage. The Economist, "What companies are for," 22 Aug. 2019 Volcanologists predict an explosion could spread toxic gas all the way to the Midwest, ruining crops and knocking out power, according to Walsh. Fox News, "Yellowstone 'supervolcano' eruption would be catastrophic, NYT op-ed says," 22 Aug. 2019 Pull the paper strip all the way out of the box, and look at the line. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Shaky Science: Build a Seismograph," 22 Aug. 2019 Fold the border, pinching or pleating dough together, all the way around to form a rim. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrate late summer produce with a rustic tomato cheddar galette," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In 2019 alone, lawmakers approved 58 restrictions primarily in the Midwest, Plains and South — almost half of which would ban all, most or some abortions, the group said. Washington Post, "As clinics close, more women go out of state for abortions," 8 Sep. 2019 Similarly beyond criticism are the all-in performances by Pasquel and Suarez. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Devil Between the Legs' ('El Diablo Entre las Piernas'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 All in all, life’s changed: perspective and lessons were learned. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Hannah Brown's Ex Jed Wyatt Says 'No Doubt She'll Do Well' on Dancing with the Stars," 8 Sep. 2019 Plenty of people Sunday took advantage of the free rides — which continue through the month of September — to see what the craze is all about. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Riding the Red Line: Here's what Indianapolis passengers had to say on Day 1," 1 Sep. 2019 Thirty-five minutes after that, the al pastor sausage is all gone. San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Naming the best of the best San Antonio barbecue," 30 Aug. 2019 To keep costs down, the chassis is all-plastic, and the processor drops back to basics. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Lenovo's C340 and S340 Chromebooks bring Core i3 substance and plenty of style," 29 Aug. 2019 All in all, if and when your child can get an early vaccination will be a case-by-case situation, so talk it over with their pediatrician for more information. Anna Borges, SELF, "10 Common Questions You Might Have About Vaccinating Your Kids," 26 Aug. 2019 Honda’s brand new airbag is designed to prevent brain injuries in an all-too-common kind of car crash. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "A Bank-Busting Bugatti, VW’s EV Dune Buggy, and More Car News," 25 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Federer-Nadal has been prompting wait-that’s-not-alls for 15 years -- and continues to do so. oregonlive, "Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal is the rivalry that resonates, no matter what the data says about Nadal-Novak Djokovic," 30 Aug. 2019 And though far from a cure-all, the potential for gene editing to make every acre of land more productive even in the face of climate change has captured the imagination of plant scientists, the agtech industry, and governments alike. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How," 8 Aug. 2019 The Instagrammable carry-alls feature archival covers by long-time Vogue artists Benito and Eric dating to 80 and 90 years ago. Vogue, "Choose a Limited Edition Vogue Tote...Before They Sell Out," 8 Aug. 2019 Buying used isn’t a cure-all for fashion’s environmental problems. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "There’s never been a better time—or more need—to buy your clothes used," 16 Aug. 2019 Marine mammals are known to make alls sorts of sounds. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Listen to a Seal Sing the Star Wars Theme and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’," 25 June 2019 But whatever happens, Tuesday’s spectacle in Singapore was, like so few other things, American and North Korean all at once. Washington Post, "For Trump and Kim, maybe the spectacle is what truly counted," 12 June 2018 As before, what may look like free-for-alls can actually be governed by a sort of forbearance. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 Reuters/Jason Lee For decades, the burgeoning power of China’s middle-class has been promised as a cure-all for many of the global economy’s troubles (not to mention its own). Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "China’s debt disease might wreck its uncrashable housing market," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of all


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for all


Middle English al, all, alle, going back to Old English eall (West Saxon), all (Anglian), going back to Germanic *alla- (whence also Old Frisian al, alle "the whole of," Old Saxon all, Old High German al, all, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls), probably going back to *al-no- or *ol-no-, derivative of a base *ala-/*ola- seen in compounds (as Old English ælmihtig almighty entry 1, Old Saxon alohwīt "completely white," Old High German alawāri "quite true," Gothic alabrunsts "burnt offering," calque of Greek holokaútōma), of uncertain origin

Note: Both the correct repertoire of comparable forms and a valid Indo-European reconstruction have been subjects of dispute. Perhaps directly comparable to Germanic *ol-no- is Welsh oll, holl "the whole, all" (with h- of secondary origin); the same base might be present in Old Irish uile "all, every," if going back to *ol-i̯o-. (Old Irish oll "great, ample" is probably not related.) Outside of Germanic and Celtic other comparisons have been suggested, as Oscan allo "whole, entire" and Lithuanian aliái (in aliái víenas "all, everyone"). As an Indo-European reconstruction, Kroonen (Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic) proposes *h2el-nó- for Germanic and *h2ol-i̯o- for Old Irish uile, though the assumption of ablaut seems arbitrary. Whatever the ultimate origin, an etymon restricted to western (European) Indo-European.


Middle English al, all, going back to Old English all, representing adverbial uses of the quantifier all entry 1

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Middle English al, all, going back to Old English all, pronominal use of the quantifier all entry 1


nominal use of the pronoun all entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the whole, entire, total amount, quantity, or extent of
: every member or part of
: the whole number or sum of



English Language Learners Definition of all (Entry 2 of 3)

: entirely or completely
: for each side or player



English Language Learners Definition of all (Entry 3 of 3)

: the entire number, quantity, or amount
: the only thing


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Kids Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : every one of All students can go.
2 : the whole of He sat up all night.
3 : the whole number of after all these years
4 : any whatever beyond all doubt
5 : the greatest possible Her story was told in all seriousness.



Kids Definition of all (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : completely He sat all alone. I'm all finished.
2 : so much He is all the better for being put in another class.
3 : very entry 2 sense 1 The child was all excited.
4 : for each side The score is two all.



Kids Definition of all (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the whole number or amount I ate all of the candy.
2 : everything All is lost.
3 : the only thing All I know is I'm done.

Medical Definition of ALL

acute lymphoblastic leukemia; acute lymphocytic leukemia

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