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

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

The victory capped a fantastic season for the Courage, who went 18-1-6 overall, won the league’s Supporters’ Shield for best record and never dropped a game on the road. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "NWSL’s 7th season opens, looks for bump in World Cup year," 13 Apr. 2019 My Song may have come in third place overall, but the day certainly felt like a triumph to us! Hayley Bloomingdale, Vogue, "Inside the Yacht-Filled St. Barth’s Holiday That Was All Over Instagram This Weekend," 28 Mar. 2019 In fact, NIO’s IPO won’t offer potential shareholders much say in the company overall. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "China’s NIO files for IPO in the US in push to compete with Tesla," 19 Aug. 2018 And then there’s just hoping your friends or spouse are rather oblivious—both woefully uninformed about cosmetic procedures overall and/or just not that observant of the lines, sags, and spots of other peoples’ looks. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "The Stealthy Lies People Tell to Cover up Their Plastic Surgery," 26 Feb. 2019 Three operational X-15s flew 199 test flights overall, reaching the edges of space as NASA’s program geared up. WSJ, "Leaps for Humankind," 22 Feb. 2019 One or two bubbles may rise to the surface every few seconds, but overall, the surface shouldn't be bubbling. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Poach an Egg Like a Pro," 20 Feb. 2019 Women who tested the bra were overall satisfied with the style, however the cups did wrinkle slightly after a run in the washer. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "ThirdLove Just Introduced More Bra Sizes to Its Collection," 20 Feb. 2019 Breakage can be caused by a number of reasons including lack of moisture, over processing from chemicals, heat damage, and overall poor hair care practices. Lara Adekola, Teen Vogue, "How to Grow Your Natural Hair," 2 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Vettel has won the past two Bahrain GPs driving for Ferrari and a record four overall, including two during his run of four straight F1 titles with Red Bull from 2010-13. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Royal approval: Leclerc’s F1 pole praised by Prince Albert," 30 Mar. 2019 The longtime lawyer now wears overalls instead of suits. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018 Wide receiver Josh Doctson highlighted the group as a first-round pick, being taken 22nd overall by the Washington Redskins. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Top six moments for TCU’s six-year anniversary since joining the Big 12," 5 July 2018 Still, Tess was open to reuniting with her once-beloved overalls. Amy Hou, Glamour, "Three Glamour Staffers Face—And Embrace—Their Biggest Denim Fears," 24 Aug. 2018 With her scrunchie bun and baggy overalls, the Toronto musician was serving '90s TLC vibes . Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: Watch all the Performances from Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, and More," 21 Aug. 2018 On the other side will be Simona Halep, the world’s No. 1 player who will be playing in her second Grand Slam final of the year and her fourth overall. The Si Staff, SI.com, "SI's Experts Make Predictions for the French Open Women's Final," 8 June 2018 Wrapping its first season on ABC, its 16th overall, American Idol inched up to a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers between 9 and 11 p.m. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Ratings 'American Idol' Finale Squeaks Monday Win Over 'The Voice'," 22 May 2018 Cy Fair Cy Woods finished 18-3 overall, with a perfect 13-0 record in District 17-6A and regional quarterfinalists under head coach Amy Trocquet. Alvaro Montaño, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston area girl teams wrap up soccer season," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Contestants will be judged based on three criteria: their use of the $25,000 budget, the overall appeal of the design, and the satisfaction of the clients. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A First Look at Best Room Wins, Bravo’s New Interior Design Competition Series," 14 Mar. 2019 In fact, overall trade and tech school enrollment has declined each year since 2011. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 Sometimes that includes spending extra money for materials, if the overall labor cost stays close to the original labor price. Ed Del Grande, The Seattle Times, "Fixture upgrade delivers extra power to the shower," 11 Feb. 2019 Depending on the ring's specific characteristics, the overall cost could range between $150,000 to $250,000 or more, Money (who did not create Katherine's ring) estimates. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Katherine Schwarzenegger's Engagement Ring From Chris Pratt," 14 Jan. 2019 Nvidia officials didn’t disclose how much the new RTX GPUs will increase the price of gaming laptops, instead referring questions to each manufacturer since the GPU is only one component of a laptop’s overall cost. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia reveals RTX laptop GPUs, FreeSync support for GeForce graphics cards," 7 Jan. 2019 Furniture is often placed in groupings to ground a room, but negative space is key to keep the overall effect streamlined, and make the furniture the focal point. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is "Transitional Design" And How Can You Spot It?," 15 Nov. 2018 But, don't be fooled by the marketing terms and instead, try out a few different types or consult a hairstylist to find out what works best for you in terms of overall effect and personal preference. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Experts Explain How Conditioner Benefits Your Hair (and Why You Should Always Use It)," 16 Oct. 2018 Eugenie's total overall wedding cost is currently unknown, but Mirror reports that it was initially expected to be around £750,000 (about $953,600). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Will Reportedly Cost Taxpayers $2.5 Million," 16 Aug. 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)

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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