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

Kupchak said Kupchak cited the example of sending two second-round picks to the Atlanta Hawks on draft night to get Kansas point guard Devonte Graham 34th overall. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "What the latest Charlotte Hornets trade says about team's center competition," 8 July 2018 Just for the grand scheme of things, political fundraising is a very small amount of the fundraising world, overall. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: RevUp CEO Steve Spinner on Recode Decode," 12 Nov. 2018 Phil and Claire and Mitchell and Cam's houses still seem deadlocked in the debate for second place, but there's no arguing which house, overall, reigns supreme: Jay and Gloria Pritchett's contemporary, California-cool abode (option C). Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "People Are Seriously Divided Over Which Modern Family House Is Best," 26 Sep. 2018 But overall, Coster-Waldau said fans will be satisfied with how the show ends. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Says the Ending of Game of Thrones Is ‘Very Satisfying’," 30 Aug. 2018 Another study released in March, by researchers at UC Irvine, found that crime in California had increased overall in 2015 but that Prop. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Prop. 47 is linked to increase in auto thefts, study says," 12 June 2018 Sterk said his department has secured about 1,000 new football season ticket holders for the 2018 campaign, but football season ticket totals overall are down from this point a year ago. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Mizzou athletics is in the red again, but AD Jim Sterk is 'hopeful' that changes soon," 9 July 2018 The 14-year-old is the fifth-youngest to win the title overall in the history of the French Open. Montana Couser, The Root, "Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff Becomes Youngest Girls’ Tennis Champion in 24 Years," 12 June 2018 The Pelicans select Purdue forward Vincent Edwards with the 51st overall pick. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "NBA mock draft roundup: Who are the Pelicans projected to pick at No. 51?," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The other big-night strategy of the week involved wearing the pants, big-time: see Emily Ratajkowski in slip-and-trouser Monse, Laura Harrier in chic overalls by The Row, and Lady Gaga bringing slouchy back in Marc Jacobs. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of October 22, 2018," 22 Oct. 2018 The state of New Jersey overall has lost $4.5 billion in potential value from 2005 until 2017 compared with Florida’s loss of $5.42 billion, according to the research. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Flooding Risk Knocks $7 Billion Off Home Values, Study Finds," 25 Aug. 2018 So, in 20 years’ time, there’ll be an extra forty people, making a population of 60 overall. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "To understand population growth, culture matters," 7 Aug. 2018 Another precise pass from Devonte' Graham!#NBASummer pic.twitter.com/83X1x1FPzI — NBA (@NBA) July 8, 2018 Graham was chosen 34th overall, after the Hornets traded two future second-round picks to the Atlanta Hawks to get into position to select him. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why 'simple' equals special in the new Charlotte Hornets lexicon," 8 July 2018 The Sea Kings went 20-7 overall, two of those losses came against league champion Beckman, and 12-3 in the league. David Carrillo Peñaloza, latimes.com, "Corona del Mar hires Kevin McCaffrey as baseball coach," 27 June 2018 Smashing three home runs in the first two innings and four overall, the Brewers roared to an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon, taking two of three games in the series. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 2: Early long balls lead the way to a series victory," 16 May 2018 The Browns were followed by the New York Giants, who selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Cleveland Browns pick Baker Mayfield No. 1 in NFL Draft; Giants take Barkley, Jets get Darnold," 26 Apr. 2018 Collins missed three of his four three-point attempts and was 3-for-8 overall, shooting struggles that mirrored his team's 37.8 percent night from the floor. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "In NBA playoff debut, Trail Blazers' rookie Zach Collins proved ready for the stage," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While overall traffic declined for Thanksgiving, sales continued to surge. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Black Friday Loses Its Appeal for Some Shoppers," 27 Nov. 2018 Compared to that, the $7 million Facebook is offering in matching funds, or even the $250 million donated overall last year, is just a drop in the bucket. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Giving Tuesday, explained," 27 Nov. 2018 Just make sure to pick some that both stretch and strengthen these important areas—that's your best bet for improving tight hips overall. Amy Marturana, SELF, "13 Yoga Poses for Tight Hips," 24 Nov. 2018 Cleaning out these accounts ought to lead to a better platform overall. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Twitter loses 9 million users amid bot crackdown," 25 Oct. 2018 In addition to the show's overall win for Choice TV Drama Show, Cole also won awards for Choice Drama TV Actor, as well as Choice TV Ship and Choice Liplock for his and Lili Reinhart's characters Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse Roasted His Teen Choice Award Win for Choice Male Hottie," 13 Aug. 2018 Dementia can lead to difficulty communicating, trouble with problem solving, difficulty handling complex tasks, trouble planning and organizing things, issues with coordination, and overall confusion and disorientation, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "What’s the Difference Between Normal Age-Related Memory Decline and Signs of Dementia?," 26 Oct. 2018 Despite some mixed comments, testers were happy overall. Jamie Ueda, Good Housekeeping, "Does ThirdLove’s Fit Finder Really Work? Our Textile Pros Put It to the Test," 22 Aug. 2018 Look, if this is the behavior coming from the chairman of the company, it could be seen as a reflection of the general and overall culture at CBS. Fox News, "Father of missing Iowa college student speaks out," 31 July 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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