it's all relative

Definition of it's all relative

  1. —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

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

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

    : 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 (as trying to find others in hide-and-seek)

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

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

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

    : 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

    :  everybody, everything

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

  1. :  a word referring grammatically to an antecedent

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

    :  a person connected with another by blood or affinity

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

    :  introduced by such a connective

    :  relevant, pertinent

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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