al·​ready | \ ȯl-ˈre-dē How to pronounce already (audio) , ˈȯl-ˌre-dē \

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 intensiveAll right already.Enough already!

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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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First Known Use of already

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for already

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

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

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“Already.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of already

: 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


al·​ready | \ ȯl-ˈre-dē How to pronounce already (audio) \

Kids Definition of already

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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