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overall

adverb over·all \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of overall

1 :all over 1
  • the pattern used overall
2 :from one end to the other
  • 600 feet long overall
3 a :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 power
  • Time
c :with everyone or everything taken into account
  • was third overall in earnings
  • got 31 miles to the gallon overall

Examples of overall in a Sentence

  1. He made a few mistakes but did well overall.

  2. Overall, the project was successful.

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First Known Use of overall

13th century


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overall

noun over·all \ ˈō-vər-ˌȯl \

Definition of overall

1 a overalls play \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

Recent Examples of overall from the Web

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Illustration of overall

First Known Use of overall

1631


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overall

adjective over·all \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯl , ˈō-vər-ˌȯl \

Definition of overall

1 :including everything
2 :viewed as a whole :general

Examples of overall in a Sentence

  1. your overall score after two rounds

  2. His mistake didn't change my overall impression of him.

  3. Your overall health is sound.

  4. She likes the overall quality of the product.

  5. The scratch didn't affect the car's overall appearance.

Recent Examples of overall from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'overall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of overall

1894


OVERALL Defined for English Language Learners

overall

adverb

Definition of overall for English Language Learners

  • : with everyone or everything included

  • : as a whole : in general


overall

noun

Definition of overall for English Language Learners

  • 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

Definition of overall for English Language Learners

  • : including everyone or everything

  • : viewed as a whole or in general


OVERALL Defined for Kids

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overall

adverb over·all \ ˌō-vər-ˈȯl \

Definition of overall for Students

:as a whole :in most ways
  • They did a nice job overall.

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overall

adjective

Definition of overall for Students

:including everyone or everything
  • overall expenses


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