Definition of every
1a : being each individual or part of a group without exceptionb : 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>
every now and thenor
every now and againor
every so often
: at intervals : occasionally
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.
Origin and Etymology of every
Middle English everich, every, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc, from ǣfre ever + ǣlc each
First Known Use: before 12th century
EVERY Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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