ev·​ery | \ ˈev-rē How to pronounce every (audio) \

Definition of every

1a : 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

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Examples of every in a Sentence

I heard every word you said. He devotes every spare moment to his hobby. His every move was carefully watched. She's beautiful in every way. Ceramics of every kind were on display.
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Recent Examples on the Web This is literally how every fast food joint operates, don’t be fooled. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 14 Oct. 2019 And as a result, that’s going to reduce economic growth and the prosperity of virtually every American and every American family. WSJ, 6 June 2017 NOW: Every June 1, hurricane season starts anew and locals are prompted to prepare for the worst -- stocking up on water, batteries and nonperishable food, and planning an evacuation route. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of every

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for every

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

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The first known use of every was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Every.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/every. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of every

: 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


ev·​ery | \ ˈev-rē How to pronounce every (audio) \

Kids Definition of every

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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