all

adjective
\ ˈȯl How to pronounce all (audio) \

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

all

adverb

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

all

noun

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

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

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Adjective

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

Adjective 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. Adverb 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 She's led all-women climbing teams across the world, written extensively about being a female in a predominantly male sport and wants to be a role model for young girls looking to explore the outdoors. Ben Church, CNN, "Trailblazing climber Sasha DiGiulian was told 'little girls don't belong.' She didn't listen.," 28 Oct. 2020 Bid farewell to your all-black winter ensembles, readers! Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Wore the Brightest Yellow Outfit for a Walk With Khai in NYC," 2 Apr. 2021 His all-time winning record as a head coach: 225-107. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Thieving Utah steals away Craig Smith from Utah State — and comes away with a diamond," 27 Mar. 2021 But soon the all-caps were flying from inside Walter Reed. Mary Mcnamara Culture Columnist And Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Column: How do I detox from a four-year Twitter-fed outrage addiction? One Trump-free day at a time," 11 Nov. 2020 In general, hot sleepers should avoid all-memory foam mattresses, which tend to retain more heat. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Room Temperature Is the Key to a Better Night's Rest, According to a Sleep Expert," 5 Nov. 2020 Kentucky is strong on both sides of the line, especially with an offensive front with multiple all-conference contenders. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ranking the seven SEC games on its opening college football weekend," 26 Sep. 2020 Steen also began all-company listening sessions where people can share ideas, thoughts and concerns on what CrowdStreet could do to be more welcoming, understanding and diverse. oregonlive, "CrowdStreet takes pride in its workplace energy, commitment to clients: Top Workplaces 2020," 2 Aug. 2020 At Kinkaid, Smith earned multiple all-conference honors and led the Falcons to consecutive SPC titles. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Kinkaid graduates Stephens, Smith garner top C-USA honors," 13 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Learn all about sleep, your relationship with it, and how to build healthy habits for a more restful night in Headspace Guide to Sleep. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Everything coming and going on Netflix: Week of April 25th," 25 Apr. 2021 Bob, who identifies as nonbinary with she/her, he/him and they/them pronouns, told Seventeen all about their morning routine, essentials to pull together a sickening Zoom look, and advice on self-love. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "Bob the Drag Queen Dishes on Quarantine Glam, Practicing Self-Love and Their New Gig," 23 Apr. 2021 There was no surprise newcomer, no young spoiler; the Best Actress contenders of 2014 were all about institutional staying power. Zach Schonfeld, Vulture, "Smile! A Complete History of the Oscar Class Photo," 23 Apr. 2021 The Cowboys landed Daryl Johnston, Mark Stepnoski and Tony Tolbert in the next three rounds, and that’s really what the coming week is all about. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Cowboys’ urgency rises with every NFL draft as Dallas tries to answer its most precarious riddle," 23 Apr. 2021 Business)Dessert-loving New Yorkers know all about Levain, a bakery famous for its large, decadent cookies with gooey centers. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Whole Foods and an iconic NYC bakery team up to sell decadent cookies," 22 Apr. 2021 On the site, visitors are invited to discover what the company is all about, with minimal capitalization and chunky serif fonts laid over soothing photos of tents and mountain bikers in wide-open spaces. Erin Berger, Outside Online, "When Corporate Activism Has a Dark Side," 22 Apr. 2021 Papering over a scandal, assuming that the public is not paying enough attention to care about a few donations which really matter only to the politicians who receive them—that’s what this town is all about. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration Is Over, but the Trump Crisis Is Not," 22 Apr. 2021 What is this exhibition, Earthtone Alchemies, all about? Nadja Sayej, Forbes, "Jac Lahav On Alchemy, Ancient Ruins And Abstraction," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There were also similarities between Dr. Biden’s speech on Monday and what Markle shared in Sunday’s tell-all with Oprah. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Jill Biden’s Lemon-Printed Dress Is Meghan Markle-Approved," 8 Mar. 2021 Are these motivational strategies the cure-all to cheating? Carlton J. Fong, The Conversation, "Motivation is a key factor in whether students cheat," 4 Mar. 2021 Evangelical preachers have touted the concept for years, positioning positive thinking as a cure-all for everything from poverty to deadly plagues. Washington Post, "Covid brought ‘manifestation’ back. But you can’t simply will your way to a better life.," 12 Feb. 2021 This was Coach Gellatly’s 400th career victory as a varsity head baseball coach - all at San Clemente! Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Roundup: Orange Lutheran gets strong pitching from Louis Rodriguez," 6 Apr. 2021 Less than 48 hours after the interview that changed everything, the Queen has released a statement in response to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's tell-all with Oprah Winfrey. The Editors, Marie Claire, "The Queen Has Responded to Meghan and Harry's Oprah Interview," 9 Mar. 2021 Pellatz says there are other grasslands in which to reintroduce ferrets—that Thunder Basin isn’t the end-all for the masked mammals. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "The fight to save America’s most endangered mammal," 5 Mar. 2021 The weekly release isn’t necessarily a cure-all for 10-hour-movie-itis. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘WandaVision’ Is a Love Letter to TV — And a Reminder of How to Do It Right," 4 Mar. 2021 The additional transparency is not a cure-all for a slow, confusing vaccine rollout here and nationally. Star Tribune, "Minnesota puts the heat on vaccine providers," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of all

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for all

Adjective

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.

Adverb

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

Noun

nominal use of the pronoun all entry 3

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The first known use of all was before the 12th century

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“All.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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all

adjective

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

all

adverb

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

: entirely or completely
: for each side or player

all

pronoun

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

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

all

adjective
\ ˈȯl How to pronounce all (audio) \

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.

all

adverb

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.

all

pronoun

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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