every

adjective ev·ery \ ˈev-rē \

Definition of every

1 a : being each individual or part of a group without exception
b : being each in a series or succession
  • every few days
  • every once in a while
2 obsolete : being all taken severally
3 : being each within a range of possibilities
  • was given every chance
4 : complete, entire
  • we have every confidence in her
every now and then or every now and again or every so often
: at intervals : occasionally

Examples of every in a Sentence

  1. I heard every word you said.

  2. He devotes every spare moment to his hobby.

  3. His every move was carefully watched.

  4. She's beautiful in every way.

  5. Ceramics of every kind were on display.

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Origin and Etymology of every

Middle English everich, every, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc, from ǣfre ever + ǣlc each

every Synonyms

Synonyms
any, each
Related Words
all; several, various; particular; respective, specific; either
Near Antonyms
neither

EVERY Defined for English Language Learners

every

adjective

Definition of every for English Language Learners

  • : including each person or thing in a group or series

  • —used to describe how often some repeated activity, event, etc., happens or is done

  • —used to describe how far apart the things in a series of things are placed from each other


EVERY Defined for Kids

every

adjective ev·ery \ ˈev-rē \

Definition of every for Students

1 : including each of a group or series without leaving out any
  • I heard every word you said!
2 : at regularly spaced times or distances
  • He stopped every few feet.


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