al·​ready | \ ȯl-ˈre-dē How to pronounce already (audio) , ˈȯl-ˌre-dē \

Definition of already

1 : prior to a specified or implied past, present, or future time : by this time : previously He had already left when I called.
2 used as an intensive All right already.Enough already!

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Examples of already in a Sentence

They've already agreed to come. I'd already left by the time you called. He acted as if he didn't already know. Flight 102 will already have taken off by the time Flight 101 lands. Have they arrived already?! I'm still not dressed! Do you have to go already? See More
Recent Examples on the Web Chances are there are more already in your home, in addition to their eggs and larvae. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 12 May 2022 Lord Lysander Blackstone, the Duke of Moncroix, has dedicated his life to increasing his already sizable fortune., 12 May 2022 The fire already has burned through a forested landscape held sacred by its rural residents, many losing homes that have been in their families for generations. Susan Montoya Bryan, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Many students have already arranged to transfer to other schools. John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 An opening bid of $120 million has already been filed. Adriana Gomez Licon And Terry Spencer, Sun Sentinel, 12 May 2022 The blaze, already dubbed The Coastal Fire, broke out in brush between the cities of Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach just before 3 p.m. local time and quickly spread to residential areas. Brian Dakss, Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 12 May 2022 Lawmakers are already pushing a ban on private election funding through a constitutional amendment process that must pass two consecutive legislative sessions before going to voters for approval. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 Jezzerrelli Asia-Togia, who graduated from East on Tuesday afternoon, stood near family as a woman approached to put a lei over her head, on top of a stack that already reached up to her chin. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of already

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for already

Middle English al redy, from al redy, adjective, wholly ready, from al all + redy ready

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15 May 2022

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al·​ready | \ ȯl-ˈre-dē How to pronounce already (audio) \

Kids Definition of already

1 : before a certain time : by this time The plan to help her make friends was already starting to work.— Peter Brown, The Wild Robot
2 : so soon Are they here already?

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