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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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 That means the Orioles are positioned to pick first overall for the second time in four years. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Using seashells would also be an inexpensive alternative to using GAC, and would overall reduce pollution from producing GAC. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 And in that case, the 49ers would turn to Trey Lance - the potential-laden rookie San Francisco traded up to select third overall in April’s draft with plans of developing for the future. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Fauci dismissed attempts to blame immigrants and tourists as a major source of the spread of covid-19 in the U.S., a belief held by 37% of Americans overall and 55% of Republicans, according to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 4 Oct. 2021 Among the millions of unemployed Americans who sought jobs in August, prospects were particularly bleak for Black workers, who were the only racial or ethnic group whose unemployment rate increased overall. NBC News, 4 Oct. 2021 It’s the first time UO lost while topping 200 rushing yards under Cristobal, snapping a 13-0 mark under the fourth-year head coach and a 15-game win streak in such games overall. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 3 Oct. 2021 The last loss overall for Argyle was 44-20 against Waco La Vega in a regional final in 2019. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 For the first time in meet history, there were three categories for team awards — public, independent/private, and combined overall. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ‘Noles fell from No. 5 last week to No. 23 overall in RPI. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Sep. 2021 The 23-year-old Hronek, a second-round pick in 2016 (No. 53 overall), is entering his fourth season in the NHL. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2021 The Orioles have two top 10 prospects in Baseball America’s midseason rankings, and both will help the staff in time: catcher Adley Rutschman (No. 1 overall) and the right-hander Greyson Rodriguez (No. 9). New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Seven of the last nine QBs drafted No. 1 overall started in Week 1, but not Baker Mayfield (2018) or Jared Goff (2016). BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 The 6-3, 210-pound native of Youngstown, N.Y. was selected by Dallas in the fifth round (No. 133 overall) of the 2015 NHL draft. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2021 For a club of few constants since entering MLS in 2019, Amaya was a reliable commodity for two seasons at FC Cincinnati, which selected him No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 3 Aug. 2021 The New Orleans Pelicans selected Boston in the second round (No. 51 overall) of the 2021 NBA draft then traded him to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 30 July 2021 A year ago, the highest drafted player from Minnesota was former Hopkins and Arizona big man Zeke Nnaji, who was selected No. 22 overall by the Denver Nuggets. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to the same report, indicators returned to normal in July, and the overall growth of the Ukrainian IT market throughout 2020 was 20%. Oleg Fonarov, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The Tigers drafted Hill with the 23rd overall pick in 2014. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 But his transition to pro football has been far less successful as the Jags are off to a 0-4 start with top overall draft pick, Trevor Lawrence, at quarterback. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Suns General Manager James Jones addressed at media day possible extensions for Ayton and Mikal Bridges, the 10th overall pick in 2018. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 Henderson was the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Mark Long, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Smith, 34, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, opted out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Darnold skipped his final two college seasons and was the third overall pick in the draft by the Jets four months later — also at AT&T Stadium. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 3 Oct. 2021 The Spurs selected Primo, 18, with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021

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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 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overall

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: with everyone or everything included
: as a whole : in general



English Language Learners Definition of overall (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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 : smock
: a piece of clothing that is worn over other clothes to protect them



English Language Learners Definition of overall (Entry 3 of 3)

: including everyone or everything
: viewed as a whole or in general


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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