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Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of needed all the courage they had sat up all night
b : as much as possible spoke in all seriousness
2 : every member or individual component of all men will go all five children were present
3 : the whole number or sum of all the angles of a triangle are equal to two right angles
4 : every all manner of hardship
5 : any whatever beyond all doubt
6 : nothing but : only all work and no play :
a : completely taken up with, given to, or absorbed by became all attention
b : having or seeming to have (some physical feature) in conspicuous excess or prominence all legs
c : paying full attention with all ears
7 dialect : used up : entirely consumed used especially of food and drink
8 : being more than one person or thing I don't know who all is coming.
all the
: as much of … as : as much of a … as all the home I ever had



Definition of all (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : wholly, quite sat all alone often used as an intensive all out of proportionall over the yardit wasn't all that funny
b : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization used in combination all-league halfback
2 obsolete : only, exclusively
3 archaic : just
4 : so much all the better for it
5 : for each side : apiece the score is two all

Definition of all (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality all that I have all of us all of the books
b used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness
2 : everybody, everything gave equal attention to all that is all
all in all
: on the whole : generally all in all, things might have been worse
and all
: and everything else especially of a kind suggested by a previous context cards to fill out with … numbers and all— Sally Quinn



Definition of all (Entry 4 of 4)

: the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy gave his all for the cause

Synonyms & Antonyms for all

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

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whole, entire, total, all mean including everything or everyone without exception. whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away. read the whole book entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added. the entire population was wiped out total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered. the total number of people present all may equal whole, entire, or total. all proceeds go to charity

Examples of all in a Sentence

Adjective I've been waiting all week to see her. He had to walk all the way home. She works all year round. He'll need all the help he can get. Someone took all the candy. Adverb She has traveled all around the world. This money will be all yours when I die. She had buttons all down the side of her dress. I forgot all about paying the bill. The kids got all excited when they saw Santa Claus. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In general, all-metal and metal and plastic combo garden hose nozzles are superior to those made entirely out of plastic. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 High school students in Long Beach began advocating for multi-stall, all-gender restrooms in 2018. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Think of it as your all-access pass to Singapore, and don't leave your hotel room without it. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 2 Dec. 2021 The report highlighted racial-hiring gains with general managers and assistant coaches to all-time high levels., 25 Aug. 2021 Positioning it there gave them space enough to design the garage as a drive-through, so cars enter from the street through the front, all-glass doors and then exit through the doors in the back, which lead to an alley behind the house. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 The new pavilion would be built in the same spot on the northeast side of the lake with a large vendor hall, all-gender bathroom, performance nook and steps leading into the water. Susan Du, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 By then, all-metal designs were the standard for the major components of aircraft, which provided lots of benefits but one big one: easy maintenance. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 Bringing in a 24-year-old, all-world talent from North Chelmsford, and showing him how Bergeron and Marchand operate (see: Hall, Taylor), could be ideal., 15 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Some of these gators inhabit places where lots of people live and many others vacation, such as lakes and rivers all across Florida and coastal South Carolina. Forrest Brown, CNN, 7 May 2022 There are literally thousands of nationwide public opinion polls that have taken place over the years, all within reach of Google. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2022 The plastics industry was, and is, the symbol for everything uncool: an inauthentic material, the boring bourgeois business of making and selling it, all with a whiff of environmental unfriendliness. Kyle Harper, WSJ, 6 May 2022 The entertainer, spy, activist and all-around it-girl will be at the center of an upcoming series, De La Resistance. Brooklyn White, Essence, 6 May 2022 Some of its inner fragilities and contradictions were all too visible. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 The good news is that the Jetta hasn't yet been afflicted with the all-touch infotainment setup that GTI and ID.4 drivers suffer with. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 6 May 2022 Eight spacecraft arrived at the station during their stay and seven departed, including a Crew Dragon carrying the first all-commercial crew to the lab complex last month. William Harwood, CBS News, 6 May 2022 The Crimson Tide has had five other transfers, all from either Southeastern or Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Nick Alvarez |, al, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Succession planning won’t necessarily be a cure-all for your talent woes. Rhett Power, Forbes, 8 May 2022 The smallest size is good for quick prep work, while the biggest one is good for larger tasks; the middle is a good catch-all for everyday tasks like chopping carrots and onions. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 And some research indicates that diversity cannot be a cure-all for departments, especially when traditional training and police culture remain in place. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2022 But Gilpin warns that this isn't the kind of book that serves as some kind of juicy tell-all about the TV and film roles she's played over the years, from GLOW to Nurse Jackie to The Hunt. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 19 Apr. 2022 Burns shoved him off and Chimaev landed an open-hand slap - all after the horn. Nolan King, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2022 And some research indicates that diversity cannot be a cure-all for departments, especially when traditional training and police culture remain in place. Robert Klemko, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 Still, media representation and record contracts are not a cure-all for achieving deeper societal progress for the LGBTQ community. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2022 Environmental, Social, and Governance, commonly shown as ESG, is a catch-all for a set of non-financial metrics for companies to track issues becoming increasingly important to investors. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of all


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for all


Middle English al, all, alle, going back to Old English eall (West Saxon), all (Anglian), going back to Germanic *alla- (whence also Old Frisian al, alle "the whole of," Old Saxon all, Old High German al, all, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls), probably going back to *al-no- or *ol-no-, derivative of a base *ala-/*ola- seen in compounds (as Old English ælmihtig almighty entry 1, Old Saxon alohwīt "completely white," Old High German alawāri "quite true," Gothic alabrunsts "burnt offering," calque of Greek holokaútōma), of uncertain origin

Note: Both the correct repertoire of comparable forms and a valid Indo-European reconstruction have been subjects of dispute. Perhaps directly comparable to Germanic *ol-no- is Welsh oll, holl "the whole, all" (with h- of secondary origin); the same base might be present in Old Irish uile "all, every," if going back to *ol-i̯o-. (Old Irish oll "great, ample" is probably not related.) Outside of Germanic and Celtic other comparisons have been suggested, as Oscan allo "whole, entire" and Lithuanian aliái (in aliái víenas "all, everyone"). As an Indo-European reconstruction, Kroonen (Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic) proposes *h2el-nó- for Germanic and *h2ol-i̯o- for Old Irish uile, though the assumption of ablaut seems arbitrary. Whatever the ultimate origin, an etymon restricted to western (European) Indo-European.


Middle English al, all, going back to Old English all, representing adverbial uses of the quantifier all entry 1

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Middle English al, all, going back to Old English all, pronominal use of the quantifier all entry 1


nominal use of the pronoun all entry 3

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Kids Definition of all

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : every one of All students can go.
2 : the whole of He sat up all night.
3 : the whole number of after all these years
4 : any whatever beyond all doubt
5 : the greatest possible Her story was told in all seriousness.



Kids Definition of all (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : completely He sat all alone. I'm all finished.
2 : so much He is all the better for being put in another class.
3 : very entry 2 sense 1 The child was all excited.
4 : for each side The score is two all.



Kids Definition of all (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the whole number or amount I ate all of the candy.
2 : everything All is lost.
3 : the only thing All I know is I'm done.



Medical Definition of ALL

acute lymphoblastic leukemia; acute lymphocytic leukemia

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