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all

adjective \ ˈȯl \

Definition of all

1 a :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

Examples of all in a Sentence

  1. I've been waiting all week to see her.

  2. He had to walk all the way home.

  3. She works all year round.

  4. He'll need all the help he can get.

  5. Someone took all the candy.

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Origin and Etymology of all

Middle English all, al, from Old English eall; akin to Old High German all all

Synonym Discussion of all

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

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all

adverb

Definition of all

1 a :wholly, quite
  • sat all alone
often used as an intensive
  • all out of proportion
  • all over the yard
  • it 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

Examples of all in a Sentence

  1. She has traveled all around the world.

  2. This money will be all yours when I die.

  3. She had buttons all down the side of her dress.

  4. I forgot all about paying the bill.

  5. The kids got all excited when they saw Santa Claus.

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Origin and Etymology of all

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all

pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of all

1 a :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

Origin and Etymology of all

see 1all


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all

noun

Definition of all

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

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Origin and Etymology of all

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all-

combining form
variants: or allo-

Definition of all-

1 :other :different :atypical
  • allogamous
  • allotropy
2 allo- :isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)
  • allopurinol
3 allo- :being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language
  • allophone

Examples of all- in a Sentence

  1. Her all-consuming passion was music.

Origin and Etymology of all-

Greek, from allos other — more at else


ALL Defined for English Language Learners

all

adjective

Definition of all for English Language Learners

  • : the whole, entire, total amount, quantity, or extent of

  • : every member or part of

  • : the whole number or sum of


all

adverb

Definition of all for English Language Learners

  • : entirely or completely

  • : for each side or player


all-

combining form

Definition of all- for English Language Learners

  • : entirely : completely

  • : including everything

  • : selected as the best at something (such as a sport) within an area or organization


ALL Defined for Kids

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all

adjective \ ˈȯl \

Definition of all for Students

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.

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all

adverb

Definition of all for Students

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 :2very 1
  • The child was all excited.
4 :for each side
  • The score is two all.

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all

pronoun

Definition of all for Students

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 Dictionary

ALL

abbreviation

medical Definition of ALL

acute lymphoblastic leukemia; acute lymphocytic leukemia


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