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

But the summer box office overall, up 13.5 percent from last year, remains robust. Jake Coyle, Houston Chronicle, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' buzzes to $76 million debut," 9 July 2018 But the summer box office overall, up 13.5 percent from last year, remains robust. Washington Post, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut," 8 July 2018 Supporters of the annual purge think that allowing citizens a night to let go of their anger and aggression without the fear of consequence leads to a healthier, more productive society overall. refinery29.com, "Why People Either Really Love Or Hate The Purge Movies," 3 July 2018 Since cold weather tends to make skin drier overall, proper cuticle hydration can make a big difference. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 So there's a lot of catching up that needs to be done overall, but this doesn't seem like as big of a security issue as it's made out to be in my mind. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Hacker Exposed the Ancient Flaw That Makes Airlines So Hackable," 17 Jan. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In every episode Poehler appears in a pair of sturdy overalls, her version of a host uniform. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "Amy Poehler's Making It Overalls Are the Only Pure Thing Left in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 But during a hearing on October 12 in Turkey, Brunson’s fourth overall, three witnesses took back their negative statements about the pastor. Alex Ward, Vox, "Turkey releases US Pastor Andrew Brunson in a big win for Trump," 12 Oct. 2018 Most of Curtis's other Instagram posts feature her in jeans, overalls, or workout clothes. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Nicole Curtis Looks Stronger Than Ever in New Swimsuit Photo," 13 Aug. 2018 Junior Jemma Fiehweg has two hits for Waterford, which entered the week 9-8 overall and 4-7 in the conference. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area softball rankings, player and team of the week," 14 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the third quarter of this year, earnings were higher than expected, but shares were down overall. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Companies used to stay quiet about politics. In 2018, social causes became integral to their branding.," 17 Dec. 2018 The vibe throughout is slightly nostalgic, chic and overall delightful. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "John Derian's Store Is A Winter Wonderland," 21 Nov. 2018 The episodes feature a wonderful diversity of clients, with different styles, budgets, and overall goals. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Original 'Queer Eye' Stars Reunite For TV's Most Stylish Home Makeover Show," 19 Oct. 2018 But the overall aesthetic is elegant and grown up, with less broad-church appeal and more presumed discernment on the part of the visitors. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the U.K.'s Most Anticipated Hotel Opening This Summer," 31 Aug. 2018 He was ranked the No. 1 outside linebacker in Kentucky and the second-best overall prospect in the state by Scout. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "WKU linebacker Eli Brown granted immediate eligibility for 2018 season," 13 July 2018 Sunday’s game marks his seventh Australian Open title, and 15th major overall. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Novak Djokovic Wins His Third Grand Slam in a Row," 27 Jan. 2019 Crochet totes and backpacks were spotted on the runways of Monse, Isabel Marant, and Chanel, painting an overall boho and summery resort vibe for the season. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "5 Handbag Trends to Keep Your Eyes on in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 Osborne and Little’s butterfly pattern upholstery—seen on the lampshades and chair—inspired the bedroom’s overall color scheme. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 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 \

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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