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


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


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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overall 1b

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Westbrook, a 6-foot guard, was selected 21st overall by the Seattle Storm in this year’s WNBA draft but was waived by the team on May 4. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 13 May 2022 The next year, the Baltimore Orioles selected Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman first overall, and he is now considered the top prospect in baseball. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 10 May 2022 In 2019, the Orioles happily selected catcher Adley Rutschman first overall, leaving Witt to the Kansas City Royals with the second pick. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2022 Former first-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2019 selected 25th overall by Baltimore. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 Despite being selected No. 16 overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft, her place in the league isn't guaranteed. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 Haskins garnering Heisman Trophy finalist honors before being selected 15th overall by Washington. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 The Buzz: Doyle joins after getting selected as the No. 11 overall pick out of Santa Clara in the 2022 NWSL draft. Mike Gramajo, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2022 The Reds selected him No. 2 overall and gave him a $7.23-million signing bonus — the largest windfall since constraints on draft spending were first implemented in 2012. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Guard Zion Johnson is the people-mover out of Boston College who went first to the Chargers at 17th overall. Jay Paris, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Tampa Bay is back on the clock with the first pick of Day 3, which is No. 106 overall. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 As a pitching staff, their team ERA was toward the bottom of the majors at 4.56 Last season, the Diamondbacks went 7-3 at home against the Rockies and 9-10 overall. Arizona Republic, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 The Jacksonville Jaguars went with Travon Walker first overall, the defensive end out of Georgia. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Defensive lineman DeForest Bucker, the last Oregon player to go in the top 10, went No. 7 overall in 2016. oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2022 The Bulldogs are 7-1 in area play and 11-3-1 overall and are riding an 8-game win streak. al, 26 Apr. 2022 Bojan Bogdanovic, who went 0 for 9 overall and 0 for 5 from 3, agreed. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 The Withrow coach is sad to lose the Henry's but is still optimistic over his Tigers who went 9-2 overall with a tight loss to Piqua in the Division II playoffs. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 30 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The second overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft, Greene had Tommy John surgery in 2018 and after the COVID-19 pandemic, didn’t return to minor-league play until 2021. Enquirer News Services, The Enquirer, 15 May 2022 Right-hander Alex Faedo, the No. 18 overall pick in 2017, will make his third MLB start Monday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 The 10th overall pick in the 2020 draft, Detmers was making his 11th big-league start. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 Hunter was the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, but has been just a useful-but-limited role player so far in his early NBA career. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 This Gen7Pets stroller combines many of the best features in other stroller categories to earn its spot as the best overall pick. Lizz Schumer, Woman's Day, 12 May 2022 Stidham was drafted with 133rd overall pick in 2019 and had an impressive training camp that year. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 The son of a former minor league pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, Detmers was the 10th overall pick in the 2020 draft out of the University of Louisville and made his big-league debut last year. oregonlive, 10 May 2022 The 25-year old defender was the 13th overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft and this will be his second stint with Hartford. Hartford Courant, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overall


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1631, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overall. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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.



Kids Definition of overall (Entry 2 of 2)

: including everyone or everything overall expenses

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