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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 intensiveall 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 combinationall-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

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

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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

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 The younger Fredrickson also remembers watching his older brother play youth football for the Leyden Bears all the way through his high school varsity career. Gregg Voss, chicagotribune.com, "Leyden’s Vince Fredrickson evokes memories of older brother, Dom; ‘They are kind of the same guy’," 16 Sep. 2019 Zamata credits Meghie with giving all the players a level of nuance. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Sasheer Zamata Is Back and Reinventing the Rom-Com," 16 Sep. 2019 Just as Tomori was entering into the defensive conversation for all the right reasons, Luiz was sliding back into the opposite one. SI.com, "Fikayo Tomori: The Other Academy Graduate Thriving at Frank Lampard's Chelsea," 16 Sep. 2019 Event organizers know all this, of course, and many will schedule outdoor fund-raisers for early fall with reasonable expectations of drawing significant interest. BostonGlobe.com, "The foundation says some 500 participants come out each year to bike or run/walk for charities that create their own teams and use the “tour” as a fund-raising platform.," 16 Sep. 2019 But at present, after the 102-loss Tigers smiled for their annual team photo, Ilitch spoke inside the team’s dugout ahead of a series that matters — for all the wrong reasons. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers owner still whiffing on the big question: When will wins come?," 13 Sep. 2019 New clothes are great for all those reasons — as well as for the option of pairing them with beloved older pieces already in my wardrobe, as an excuse to wear those pieces one more time. Longreads, "My Love Affair with Chairs," 13 Sep. 2019 To achieve all this, the GOP did not once look across the aisle. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "North Carolina Sends Democrats a Wake-Up Call," 12 Sep. 2019 So what should gun owners, and those thinking about joining us, make of all this? Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Do Guns Help People Defend Themselves?," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This week’s field guide is all about the why, exploring the role of products, teams, cultures, and more. Walter Frick, Quartz, "How startups can respond to the coronavirus pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 This was probably all true—a way for Martin to deflect judgment for what he was later caught doing, a way of laying the groundwork for cause, as well as affecting a soulfulness that loosened his sponsor’s check-writing hand. Han Ong, The New Yorker, "Futures," 23 Mar. 2020 The first hour of learning was all about reading, and Madilyn was engaged the whole time, Sarah said. al, "Schooling online in Alabama during a worldwide pandemic," 22 Mar. 2020 Infante’s story is all too common among those scheduled to get married this spring. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio brides, grooms say ‘I do’ to rescheduling weddings due to the COVID-19 virus," 20 Mar. 2020 The focus of the collection is Italian, so expect to learn all about Baroque formal wear while catching up on 1980s Armani and Versace, and contemporary Valentino. Erica Firpo, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Florence," 20 Mar. 2020 But in one category of product, scarcity is all too real. The Economist, "My iron lung Companies are scrambling to build more ventilators," 19 Mar. 2020 As virtual and augmented reality tech continues to evolve and become more sophisticated, why not indulge in some heady sci-fi that’s all about questioning the very nature of reality itself? Popular Science, "Sci-fi novels for much-needed mental escapes," 17 Mar. 2020 Some are simply waiting for the inevitable: an all-out assault. Fox News, "Displaced Syrian family lives in a graveyard as the war enters its 10th year," 16 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Victoria’s public speaking engagements now became free-for-alls, mobbed to the rafters with raucous crowds that mixed her enraptured fans with her booing, hooting enemies. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 Betting on a treatment for Covid-19 isn’t likely to be a cure-all for investor portfolios. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Coronavirus Drug Bets May Be Hazardous to Your Wealth," 28 Feb. 2020 Over the past 20 years, Aaron has spiraled from a high school star and an academic all-American on the Arizona State University football team to a ward of the state of Maryland. Abigail Jones, Washington Post, "What Schizophrenia Does to Families," 13 Jan. 2020 Pet Peeves: Inefficiency, other know-it-alls, and inconsiderateness. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor: Winners at War," 15 Jan. 2020 Even if approved, the compound won’t be a cure-all for everyone with Alzheimer’s disease. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Biogen’s latest Alzheimer’s drug trials will change dementia drug research," 5 Dec. 2019 Siebel Newsom expresses a rising-tides-lift-all-boats outlook. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Jennifer Siebel Newsom leans in to power as California’s first partner," 24 Jan. 2020 Breeding futuristic know-it-alls will also impact our perception of status and power in society. Lucas Bento, Quartz, "The brain is the final frontier of our privacy, and AI is about to breach it," 19 Nov. 2019 The products are touted by some as a cure-all for chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis and a variety of other medical ailments. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local for her: Louisville's 5 best self-care gifts for the woman in your life," 18 Nov. 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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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 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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