overall

adverb
over·​all | \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯl How to pronounce overall (audio) \

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 How to pronounce overall (audio) \

Definition of overall (Entry 2 of 3)

1a overalls\ ˈō-​vər-​ˌȯlz How to pronounce overalls (audio)\ 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 How to pronounce overall (audio) , 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

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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

While inmate-on-inmate homicides are up significantly in jails overall, Los Angeles County, home to more than 10 million people, including 16,000 in its jails, has been an exception. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "There Has Been an Explosion of Homicides in California’s County Jails. Here’s Why.," 15 June 2019 The vehicle matches many competitors overall in the midsize SUV segment. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-9: Family hauler is versatile, well-equipped, has plenty of overall appeal," 8 June 2019 Cheatham made the trip as a guest of Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, who was selected third overall by the New York Jets, and Quincy Williams, Quinnen’s older brother and a linebacker selected in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al.com, "End of an era: Wenonah looking for football coach for first time since 1989," 8 June 2019 But overall, Pose still sparks one emotion more than any other, and that’s joy. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Pose acts up, sparks joy in season 2: EW review," 7 June 2019 With such rapid growth overall, one investor on the earnings call wanted to know how Zoom will continue to make sure its employees—who number more than 2,000 now—will stay happy. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Investors saw much to love in Zoom’s first earnings report as a public company," 7 June 2019 But overall, the technology is cutting down scan times by 70% in the Dallas lab store that opened last November. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart's tech focus: 'Take friction out' of 160 million weekly transactions," 6 June 2019 Embiid has yet to play for a full season since being drafted third overall in 2014. Keith Pompey, https://www.inquirer.com, "Doctors Daniel Medina and David T. Martin casualties of Sixers’ failed athlete care," 4 June 2019 The exterior styling overall will be pretty evolutionary as is typical for Bentley, but expect the interior to be revolutionary, largely carrying over from the Continental GT's tech-heavy, design-forward cabin. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "2020 Bentley Flying Spur Teased Again with New 3D Quilted Leather Technique," 16 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alec Marsh, a pitcher from Arizona State who graduated from Ronald Reagan in Milwaukee, was taken 70th overall by the Kansas City Royals. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three Wisconsin high-school products of Fox Valley Association drafted in first 10 rounds of MLB Draft," 5 June 2019 Matt Wallner, a right fielder from Forest Lake playing at Mississippi State, was taken 39th overall. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins draft Stillwater teammates Will Frisch, Drew Gilbert," 5 June 2019 Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for his seventh playoff triple-double overall, and third of this postseason. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Green shows a more mature side for the Warriors," 20 May 2019 Some studies have found that there’s virtually no difference between people who regularly practiced intermittent fasting and those who simply cut back their calorie intake overall. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Know About the 16:8 Diet Before You Start Fasting," 3 May 2019 Hamilton had been going for his sixth overall to beat the joint-record held by Jim Clark and Alain Prost. Ciaran Fahey, chicagotribune.com, "Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton recovers to finish second," 8 July 2018 In keeping with the agricultural bent, this year’s fair also includes a new promotion offering free admission to visitors who show up wearing overalls between noon and 3 p.m. Thursdays. Luke Money, latimes.com, "The chance to ‘Free Your Inner Farmer’ is just around the corner at the O.C. Fair," 21 June 2018 Oh, and don’t be afraid of the accessories: Layer up with colorful scarves, overalls or cover-ups, throw on some jewelry, play with hats, plus go high drama with the sunglasses. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "These Women Have Spent Hundreds of Hours in Swimsuits. Here Are Their Tips for Getting the Perfect Fit.," 21 May 2019 Deputy Frederick Eckley took her report and accepted the overalls. latimes.com, "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Luzardo, 21, allowed four hits, including a solo homer, and struck out nine in four innings at Class-A Stockton on Sunday, and in his two outings overall, he’s given up one run, allowed six hits and struck out 11 in seven innings - with zero walks. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s top prospect Jesús Luzardo to start for Las Vegas on Saturday," 17 June 2019 Four players drafted by the Wings topped 1,000 games (Dallas Drake, taken 116th overall, began and finished his career in Detroit). Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Red Wings hit the mother lode at NHL draft 30 years ago," 17 June 2019 There will be 12 Democratic primary debates overall, six in 2019. 1. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "How to watch – and what to watch for – in first Dem debate," 14 June 2019 The San Diegan shot 2-under-par 69 and stood at 1 under overall, eight shots off the lead of Gary Woodland heading into the weekend. Tod Leonard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mickelson’s U.S. Open drama: birdies, bogeys, seagulls, oh my!," 14 June 2019 The team was 7-1-2 overall this year, with six straight wins going into the World Cup. Anne M. Peterson, courant.com, "Morgan has 5 goals as US routs Thailand 13-0," 11 June 2019 Putting the wrong item in the bin hurts the value of recycling and strains the system overall, officials say. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How to recycle like a pro in Anchorage," 7 June 2019 Jungman said the pension plan’s overall, long-term investment results are strong. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "CPS Energy’s pension plan lost more than $65 Million in 2018," 7 June 2019 Although slightly less durable than other medical adhesives, the compound performed better overall, offering strength, flexibility, and limited scarring and inflammation. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Giant Salamander Goo Is Great at Gluing Gashes," 7 June 2019

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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)

US : a pair of pants with an extra piece attached that covers the chest and has straps that go over the shoulders
British : a loose coat that is worn over clothes so that they do not get dirty
British : 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 How to pronounce overall (audio) \

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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