already

adverb al·ready \ ȯl-ˈre-dē , ˈȯl-ˌ \

Definition of already

1 :prior to a specified or implied past, present, or future time :by this time :previously
  • He had already left when I called.
2 used as an intensive
  • All right already.
  • Enough already!

Examples of already in a Sentence

  1. They've already agreed to come.

  2. I'd already left by the time you called.

  3. He acted as if he didn't already know.

  4. Flight 102 will already have taken off by the time Flight 101 lands.

  5. Have they arrived already?! I'm still not dressed!

  6. Do you have to go already?

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Origin and Etymology of already

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

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ALREADY Defined for English Language Learners

already

adverb

Definition of already for English Language Learners

  • : before this time : before now : before that time

  • : so soon : so early

  • —used to describe a situation that exists now and that will continue to exist


ALREADY Defined for Kids

already

adverb al·ready \ ȯl-ˈre-dē \

Definition of already for Students

1 :before a certain time :by this time
  • I had already left when you called.
2 :so soon
  • Are they here already?


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