overall

adverb
over·​all | \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯl \

Definition of overall

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : all over sense 1 the pattern used overall
2 : from one end to the other 600 feet long overall
3a : in view of all the circumstances or conditions overall, the sale was a success
b : as a whole : generally doesn't do as well overall overall and in most of its detail the film has remarkable powerTime
c : with everyone or everything taken into account was third overall in earnings got 31 miles to the gallon overall

overall

noun
over·​all | \ ˈō-vər-ˌȯl \

Definition of overall (Entry 2 of 3)

1a overalls\ ˈō-​vər-​ˌȯlz \ plural, archaic : loose protective trousers worn over regular clothes
b usually overalls : trousers of strong material usually with a bib and shoulder straps
2 chiefly British : a loose-fitting protective smock worn over regular clothing

overall

adjective
over·​all | \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯl, ˈō-vər-ˌȯl\

Definition of overall (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : including everything
2 : viewed as a whole : general

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Noun

overall 1b

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of overall in a Sentence

Adverb

He made a few mistakes but did well overall. Overall, the project was successful.

Adjective

your overall score after two rounds His mistake didn't change my overall impression of him. Your overall health is sound. She likes the overall quality of the product. The scratch didn't affect the car's overall appearance.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

SpaceX is on track to launch fewer than two dozen satellites overall this year—about half the total number internal company plans projected when they were drafted roughly three years ago. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "SpaceX to Cut 10% of Workforce," 12 Jan. 2019 This fuel emits less greenhouse gas than coal when burned but is still a major contributor overall. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 – and it couldn’t happen at a worse time," 9 Jan. 2019 Americans disapprove of how Congress has handled the spending fight overall; however, Republicans are seeing more fallout. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Trump’s approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during shutdown," 27 Dec. 2018 Yes, there are areas that are incredibly fancy—but overall this is a down-to-earth town that's quintessentially Californian. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 'Big Little Lies' Guide to Monterey, California," 10 Dec. 2018 Apps like Instagram often get a bad rap as a breeding ground for trolls, but with a newfound following, Millicent's experience has overall been positive. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Millicent Simmonds Saved the Day in A Quiet Place — Now She's Headed to the Disney Channel," 4 Dec. 2018 What matters legally is not how much carbon is reduced overall, but how carbon intensive the economy is in 2030. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 12 Dec. 2018 Shonda thanked Serena for being an exceptional athlete, and overall human, who stands up against acts of hatred and ignorance. Harleen Sidhu, Teen Vogue, "10 Celebrities on How Serena Williams Inspires Them," 12 Dec. 2018 The eight-episode run earned the series a slew of Emmys, including for Rachel Brosnahan's leading performance as Midge, Amy Sherman-Palladino's writing, and overall Outstanding Comedy Series. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Here's How to Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Plus, my knowledge of the game extended only so far as Mario is a guy who wears overalls and a red hat. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Editors Tell You Their Favorite Things You Probably Missed in 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 Tuesday’s visit is with Frostburg State, which finished with a 10-9 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Review & preview: Frostburg State men’s lacrosse," 19 June 2018 Junior third baseman Jonathan India, a Coral Springs native and the SEC Player of the Year, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds fifth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "UF baseball fell short of a championship, but future expectations remain the same," 23 June 2018 One of the best airlines in the U.S.—our readers rank it number two overall—also has a great airline loyalty program. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Frequent Flier and Airline Rewards Programs in the U.S.," 27 July 2018 Photo: Getty The industrial park earned Pyongyang $120 million in 2015—its final full year before its closure—and a total of $560 million overall in the form of workers’ wages, according to figures supplied by South Korea’s Unification Ministry. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Entrepreneurs Weigh a Return to North Korea," 27 Nov. 2018 Vea was one of the most dominant defensive players in the nation last year from his defensive tackle position and is now playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being the 12th pick overall in the NFL draft this past spring. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Led by Greg Gaines, UW’s defensive line still ‘causing havoc’ without Vita Vea," 18 Sep. 2018 Walton led the Heat with 15 points in Saturday's loss, which left the Heat with a 2-3 record in Las Vegas and a 4-4 record overall in summer play when factoring in the 2-1 at the California Classic in Sacramento. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rashad Vaughn career at a crossroad, as Heat summer play comes to an end," 15 July 2018 Gilgeous-Alexander, taken 11th overall in June’s draft, had 13 points and four assists in the Clippers’ 77- 71 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Clippers rookies have solid outing in Summer League debuts," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Either way, the interest in Japanese fare for the new year likely speaks to the city’s growing fascination with the cuisine overall, say many food professionals. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Celebrate With a Japanese Feast," 29 Dec. 2018 Roughly two-thirds of Republicans side with Trump on this issue, whereas overall, support for the border wall hasn’t topped 40 percent. Tara Golshan, Vox, "This could be a really long government shutdown," 21 Dec. 2018 In Erfurt, traditional Christmas markets prevail Erfurt is Thuringia’s capital city, as well as its largest city overall, with a population of over 200,000. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 The company has since touted significant numbers for its platform overall, including nearly 2 billion monthly logged-in users and 450 hours of content uploaded every minute. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube is offering discounted Premium, Music subscriptions to students," 27 Nov. 2018 Most of the 43 overall growth in older renters since 2016 has been among households earning under $30,000 a year, reflecting the long-term damage of the foreclosure crisis, as well as the aging of low-income renters. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 Originally opened in 1940, the 124,000-square-foot building plays a major role in the jeweler's portfolio, accounting for upwards of 10% of the overall sales. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue Flagship Will Undergo a Massive Renovation," 16 Aug. 2018 But Jersie-Christensen and her colleagues say their study shows that general differences in bacteria populations can suggest something about a person’s overall oral health. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed," 25 Nov. 2018 The right mattress is a key component to ensure satisfying sleep and better overall health. Country Living, "SLEEP BETTER TONIGHT WITH CHARLES P. ROGERS," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of overall

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overall

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of overall

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: with everyone or everything included

: as a whole : in general

overall

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overall (Entry 2 of 3)

overalls : a pair of pants with an extra piece attached that covers the chest and has straps that go over the shoulders

: a loose coat that is worn over clothes so that they do not get dirty

overalls : a piece of clothing that is worn over other clothes to protect them

overall

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of overall (Entry 3 of 3)

: including everyone or everything

: viewed as a whole or in general

overall

adverb
over·​all | \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯl \

Kids Definition of overall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: as a whole : in most ways They did a nice job overall.

overall

adjective

Kids Definition of overall (Entry 2 of 2)

: including everyone or everything overall expenses

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