all

adjective
\ ˈȯl How to pronounce all (audio) \

Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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 5)

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 5)

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 5)

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

Definition of all- (Entry 5 of 5)

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

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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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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.

Combining form

Her all-consuming passion was music.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But lighting is something that can be easily passed over and makes all the difference with this type of space. Liz Cantrell, ELLE Decor, "How to Make Your Office a "Home Away From Home"," 25 Feb. 2019 Presumably, all those vehicles are in transit to their respective owners. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Report: Tesla has more than 3,300 Model 3s remaining in US inventory," 31 Dec. 2018 The numbers were all the more surprising because a strong report on U.S. hiring this month suggested that household income is robust and would support continued consumer spending. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Retail Sales Declined in December at Fastest Pace Since 2009," 14 Feb. 2019 After all, a smooth, kissable mouth is all the more important with Valentine’s Day upon us. Mario Testino, Vogue, "Pucker Up! 10 Lip Scrubs for a Smooth Pout This Valentine’s Day," 14 Feb. 2019 The physical design isn't all that different from the Omen 15 update that shipped in mid-2018, though HP did tweak the current look by putting all the ports on the rear of the machine. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "HP's revamped Omen 15 laptop packs GeForce RTX graphics and a ludicrously fast 240Hz display," 8 Jan. 2019 Style tip: Leave your coat open at the top, and zip up your fleece all the way to show off the high neck while still achieving maximum warmth. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Survive the Rest of Winter With These 4 Essential Layering Tips," 7 Feb. 2019 For those who don't care to climb all the way to the fourth floor, an elevator provides access to every floor. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The 1920s New York Mansion of the Vanderbilts Is for Sale," 2 Feb. 2019 When his longtime political adviser Roger Stone was indicted, the president turned the hyperbole all the way to 11. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Trump’s favorite slander against Robert Mueller’s investigation has a very long history.," 26 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Liam Willett, a Norland College alumni, said the course was all about making nannies more vigilant. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "Here's What It Takes to Become a Nanny for the British Royal Family," 9 Mar. 2019 The former Republican House Speakers know all about willful backbenchers, and Democratic Reps. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Speaker Ocasio-Cortez," 6 Mar. 2019 The middle is all about the people who helped him create it. Marisa Polansky And Kristine Keller, Vogue, "A Helpful Guide to Nailing Your Oscars Acceptance Speech," 24 Feb. 2019 It’s all based on the very-real rule of Queen Anne of England, who had the throne from 1702 to 1707, and stays surprisingly true to history for being such a truly strange film. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is The Favourite Movie About? It's a Rom-Com of a Sort," 23 Feb. 2019 By now, your Instagram, Twitter, Internet, life have probably all been inundated with the Tristan Thompson/Jordyn Woods cheating scandal. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Tristan Thompson and Jordyn Woods' Cheating Scandal and Everything That Went Down," 22 Feb. 2019 The gloriously gaudy cinema palaces of our youth have closed their crimson curtains for good, and the humid fug of cigarette smoke and popcorn has been replaced by a dispiritingly acrid, all-over guilty smell. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 Shutterstock While other cities were painted blue for religious or practical reasons, Juzcar, Spain, went all-blue in the summer of 2011 as a promotional campaign for the Smurfs movie. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 That wasn’t all: the SEC, the DOJ and the FBI opened investigations into Tesla. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To be clear, a vertical mouse is not some magic cure-all for wrist discomfort. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 Second, better education and more skills are not a cure-all: The data simply do not support the notion that more years of school necessarily translates into better jobs. Oren Cass, WSJ, "‘The Job’ Review: Of Callings and Careers," 22 Oct. 2018 This glittering cocktail ring by Orianne Collins is a surprising cure-all for winter-style blues. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Mad About...Orianne Collins," 26 Jan. 2011 Of course, nobody thinks AI is the cure-all for stopping threats. Adam Janofsky, WSJ, "How AI Can Help Stop Cyberattacks," 18 Sep. 2018 Having spent a good portion of my career working with cancer patients, I have been asked about cancer cure alls and products that make flashy claims. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018 Innkeepers John and Grace Cardona know how to be helpful without hovering, knowledgeable without acting like know-it-alls. Allison Weiss Entrekin, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Hotels in Atlanta," 27 July 2018 The incident is a reminder, though, that Positive Train Control, an automatic speed control and braking system that SEPTA has largely finished installing on its network, isn’t a cure-all for any problem that might come up on the railroad. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Why SEPTA's safety system didn't stop a train collision at Temple University," 7 June 2018 Banning the handling of cellphones isn’t a cure-all, and Hydrick is quick to point out that talking on the phone is still dangerous while driving, even if done via speakerphone or Bluetooth. Tyler Estep, ajc, "State reminds distracted driving violators: Warnings won’t last forever," 11 July 2018

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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, Adverb, Pronoun, singular or plural in construction, and Noun

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

Combining form

Greek, from allos other — more at else

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all

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: 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 4)

: entirely or completely
: for each side or player

all

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of all (Entry 3 of 4)

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

English Language Learners Definition of all- (Entry 4 of 4)

: entirely : completely
: including everything
US : selected as the best at something (such as a sport) within an area or organization

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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