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

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 Other highlights below include performances from G-Eazy, Anne Marie, James Arthur and Sean Paul, overall making for a truly unforgettable weekend. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and More Rock the Capital Summertime Ball: Videos," 11 June 2018 Package handlers overall make far less than drivers who earn an average of $36 an hour, or about $75,000 a year. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "UPS hourly workers vote to strike, if needed, amid contract talks," 6 June 2018 There were a few tearful moments, but overall, the feeling in the theatre was wonderstruck. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The Legendary Robin Williams was Missed and Reminisced at the New York City Premiere for Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," 14 July 2018 Such cross-fertilisation is improving Latin American journalism overall, even in Nicaragua. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Dallas moved up two spots in the draft last week to get the Slovenian guard, who was taken third overall by Atlanta while the Mavericks selected former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks. Schuyler Dixon, Houston Chronicle, "AP sources: DeAndre Jordan commits again 3 years after jilting Mavericks," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Douglas is currently unbeaten in District 11-9A at 3-0 and 7-3 overall, on a six-game win streak entering a Thursday night game. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas baseball team to play at Marlins Park against Coral Springs on April 4," 29 Mar. 2018 Overnight leader Peter Sagan was dropped by his Bora Hansgrohe teammates and fell to 80th overall, three minutes behind. Andrew Dampf, BostonGlobe.com, "Richie Porte’s BMC team wins team time trial," 9 July 2018 New general manager John Dorsey finally turned in a card for a quarterback -- the first time the Browns have drafted one in the first round since selecting Johnny Manziel in 2014 -- by taking the Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma No. 1 overall. Jim Owczarski, USA TODAY, "Browns training camp questions: Will Baker Mayfield make a play for starting QB role?," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Cardinals have just two players (David Johnson, Patrick Peterson) above 90 overall and just seven players at or above 80 overall. The Heat Index, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Madden NFL 19 ratings: Surprises and reactions," 12 July 2018 Gilpin has been open about how her role — which requires her to do her own wrestling stunts — has both changed her relationship with her body and empowered her overall. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Team on Emmy Noms: Female-Led Shows Are "Not a Trend"," 12 July 2018 McIntyre is one of WWE’s beacons of light, with a tremendously bright future courtesy of his size, intelligence, in-ring work, and overall look. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: Tama Tonga Says Bullet Club Civil War ‘Has Been a Long Time Coming’," 11 July 2018 The link between oral hygiene and overall health is exactly the type of education offered by Dr. Carmichael and her experienced staff. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Awards will be presented for the top three male and female finishers overall and the top three male and female finishers in different age groups. Courant Community, "Community," 10 July 2018 Lake directed Ryan to the Catholic League championship in 1998, its first title since 1984 and fourth overall. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Mike Lake returns to coach Archbishop Ryan baseball team," 10 July 2018 In Boise, ranked third overall as well as by spending per resident, that number was more than $866. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Congratulations, Nampa and Boise. You're among the 'best-run cities' in America.," 9 July 2018 Edwards was selected in the second round - 52nd overall - by the Utah Jazz in the 2018 NBA Draft. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Middletown's Vincent Edwards scores 20 for Rockets in NBA Summer League," 11 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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