it's all relative

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of it's all relative

used to say that something can be thought of in opposite ways depending on what one compares it to
  • The car might seem expensive, but it's all relative.

Word by Word Definitions

it play
  1. : that one — compare he, its, she, they

  2. used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent

  3. used with many verbs as a direct object with little or no meaning

  1. : the player in a game who performs the principal action of the game (such as trying to find others in hide-and-seek)

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

relative play
  1. : a word referring grammatically to an antecedent

  2. : a thing having a relation to or connection with or necessary dependence on another thing

  3. : a person connected with another by blood or affinity

  1. : introducing a subordinate clause qualifying an expressed or implied antecedent

  2. : relevant, pertinent

  3. : not absolute or independent : comparative


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