al·​ready ȯl-ˈre-dē How to pronounce already (audio)
: prior to a specified or implied past, present, or future time : by this time : previously
He had already left when I called.
used as an intensive
All right already.
Enough already!

Examples of already in a Sentence

They've already agreed to come. I'd already left by the time you called. He acted as if he didn't already know. Flight 102 will already have taken off by the time Flight 101 lands. Have they arrived already?! I'm still not dressed! Do you have to go already?
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Word History


Middle English al redy, from al redy, adjective, wholly ready, from al all + redy ready

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of already was in the 14th century

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“Already.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


al·​ready ȯl-ˈred-ē How to pronounce already (audio)
: before a certain time : by the time
I had already left when you called

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