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 overall (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 By the time Arizona called a timeout with Oregon leading 70-58 with 6:10 left, the Wildcats had shot just 31.6% overall and made 1 of 7 3s in the second half. Bruce Pascoe, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona basketball falls to Oregon for seventh straight time," 2 Mar. 2021 The Red Devils shot 43 percent overall and dominated both the rebounding battle, holding a plus-15 advantage on the glass, and the battle in the paint, 38-12. Evan Dudley, al, "Class 3A Boys: No. 3 Fyffe runs past No. 1 Cottage Hill in 63-47 win," 2 Mar. 2021 Aaron Wiggins added 13 points, Darryl Morsell 11 and Hakim Hart 10 as Maryland shot 48.4% overall, buoyed by a 10-for-18 performance in the second half. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball's surge hits road block in Maryland, 73-55 vs. Terrapins," 28 Feb. 2021 Trouble is, Liberty shot 62.5% overall; 60% from 3-point range, and claimed the ASUN title with an authoritative 94-78 victory at Freedom Hall. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Sullivan: Liberty's little bombardier explodes against Bellarmine," 28 Feb. 2021 The Panthers have won six straight on the road against the Red Wings and 11 of last 13 games overall against them. Larry Lage, Star Tribune, "Patric Hornqvist scores twice, Panthers rout Red Wings 7-2," 19 Feb. 2021 The Panthers have won 14 of their past 16 (and six in a row) on the road against the Red Wings and 11 of last 13 games overall against them. Larry Lage, sun-sentinel.com, "Panthers retake Central lead as four-goal burst in first period leads to 7-2 romp in Detroit," 19 Feb. 2021 Reggie Jackson added 18 points and George had 17 for the Clippers, who made 17 3-pointers and shot 54% overall against a Knicks team that led the league in that category as well while improving to 16-5. Brian Mahoney, ajc, "Leonard, Clippers pull away from Knicks for 129-115 win," 31 Jan. 2021 Beal shot 17-of-37 from the field overall, 6-of-14 from 3-point range and 7-of-7 on free throws Wednesday. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Wizards star Bradley Beal sets dubious NBA record with 47 points in loss to Pelicans," 28 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s the night Doncic (No. 3 overall) and Jalen Brunson (No. 33) became Mavericks. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Luka Doncic is 22, Jalen Brunson is surging, and the Mavs’ 2018 draft class has never looked better," 28 Feb. 2021 Seriously, Dingler — a second-round draft pick (No. 38 overall) in 2020 from Ohio State — hasn't played a professional game; the minors were canceled last season because of coronavirus concerns. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "How 22-year-old Dillon Dingler is showing poise, confidence in Detroit Tigers camp," 20 Feb. 2021 Demeritte is a former first-round pick (No. 30 overall), taken by the Rangers in 2013. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers drop RHP John Schreiber to make room for Nomar Mazara," 12 Feb. 2021 Mexico marks the sixth overall in the cartel drama, which remains a top global performer for Netflix among its original series. Jackie Strause, Billboard, "Bad Bunny Is Making His Acting Debut in This Crime Drama," 10 Nov. 2020 Rossi, the ninth overall pick the draft, is expected to compete for a roster spot. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Wild first round pick Marco Rossi delayed at training camp," 8 Jan. 2021 This year, the attendance looks to be the same overall, if not higher. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, "Drive-in Christmas Eve Mass in Libertyville sees more than 300 cars," 24 Dec. 2020 The worse overall in state level containment leadership consistently is South Dakota’s leadership under @govkristinoem, along with by Iowa and North Dakota, according to the data. TheWeek, "Coronavirus outbreaks are smaller in states and cities that cracked down months ago, data shows," 19 Nov. 2020 The Panthers have never appeared on ESPNU in back-to-back games and the appearance this Saturday will be just the ninth overall for the football program. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Middle Tennessee-FIU live stream (10/10): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 10 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The bright side was that the company's online business grew from 10% of overall sales in 2019 to 24% in 2020. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Paper Source retail chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, will close 11 stores," 3 Mar. 2021 Store brands are expected to increase from roughly 10% of the retailer’s overall sales to approximately 30% within the first three years. Anne D'innocenzio, chicagotribune.com, "Bed Bath & Beyond hopes store brands will revive sales," 3 Mar. 2021 For the full year, the home category accounted for almost 40% of overall sales at TJX, up from 33% the prior year. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Off-Price Retail Is Fully Priced," 3 Mar. 2021 While many would just argue that Dallas should select Alabama’s Patrick Surtain or Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley with the 10th overall pick instead, there’s no guarantee either will be available at No. 10. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 offseason trades that make sense for the Cowboys, including a CB who’s worth the No. 10 pick," 3 Mar. 2021 The 19-year-old built his resume around the world before being selected as the third overall pick by the Hornets in last year’s draft. Los Angeles Times, "Will the real Melo please stand up? And the real KD while we’re at it," 3 Mar. 2021 Williams also sees the top overall pick in this season's draft. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Revisiting win at Chicago, previewing Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves," 28 Feb. 2021 Dozier was the eighth overall pick in the 2013 first-year player draft out of Stephen F. Austin. Dave Skretta, ajc, "AP source: Royals, Dozier agree to $25M, 4-year deal," 28 Feb. 2021 The Texans would likely yield greater value from a Watson trade before the draft, which the Dolphins could be major players in with the third overall pick among their four in the top-50 selections. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Deen: Watson or Tagovailoa? Here are 10 offseason tips for the Miami Dolphins | Analysis," 27 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of overall was in the 13th century

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4 Mar 2021

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“Overall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overall. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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