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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
all /ɔl/USA pronunciation
adj. [usually before a noun;
but see definition 1]
the whole quantity, number, or entire amount:Did you eat all of the peanuts?
[uncountable] one's whole interest, energy, or property: Give it your all.
[uncountable] the entire area, place, environment, or the like: All is calm, all is bright.
[plural; used with a plural verb] every one;
- the whole or full amount of or number of: [~ + the + uncountable noun]She ate all the cake.[~ + some nouns of time]I waited for her call all afternoon.[~ (+ the) + plural noun]all (the) students.[after the subject of a sentence]The girls all enjoy camping.[after a pronoun objectect of a sentence]I've seen them all.
- the greatest possible: with all speed.
- any; any whatever: beyond all doubt.
purely: The coat is all wool.
- dominated by a particular feature:I'm all thumbs ( = very clumsy) when it comes to auto repairs.
everybody (a formal use):All rise, the court is in session.
[uncountable] everything:Is that all you've got to say?
completely: all alone.
apiece:The score was tied at one all.
- Idioms all but, [be + ~] almost;
very nearly: These batteries are all but dead.
- Idioms all in all, everything considered;
in general: All in all, we're better off now than we were ten years ago.
- Idioms all out, with one's best effort:The team went all out to win the game.
- Idioms all the better, so much the better:If my opponent loses, all the better for me.
- Idioms, Informal Terms all there, [usually with a negative word or phrase, or in questions] mentally competent:She doesn't seem all there.
- Idiomsall told, all together; all included:All told, some sixty-five people came to the party.
- Idioms and all, and so forth:What with the late hour and all, we must leave.
at all, (used to give emphasis to a word or phrase, esp. a word or phrase with "any'' in it):
- in the slightest degree or amount:Aren't there any doughnuts left at all?
- for any reason: Why bother at all?
- in any way: didn't cause me any trouble at all.
- (used in other phrases for emphasis):Look, I'll take a job anywhere at all.
- Idioms for all (that), in spite of (that); notwithstanding: It was a difficult time living abroad, but for all that, it was a good year.
- Idioms in all, all included;
all together:There were forty in all.
- Idiomsof all, (used to give emphasis after a word like "first'', "last'', "best''):First of all, welcome to our college.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
all /ɔːl/ determiner
- the whole quantity or amount of; totality of; every one of a class: all the rice, all men are mortal
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): all of it is nice, all are welcome
- (in combination with a noun used as a modifier): an all-ticket match, an all-amateur tournament, an all-night sitting
- the greatest possible: in all earnestness
- any whatever: to lose all hope of recovery, beyond all doubt
- all along ⇒ all the time
- all but ⇒ almost; nearly: all but dead
- all of ⇒ no less or smaller than: she's all of thirteen years
- all over ⇒ finished; at an end
- over the whole area (of something); everywhere (in, on, etc): all over England
- typically; representatively (in the phrase that's me (you, him, us, them,etc) all over)
- unduly effusive towards
- See all in
- all in all ⇒ everything considered: all in all, it was a great success
- the object of one's attention or interest: you are my all in all
- all the ⇒ (followed by a comparative adjective or adverb) so much (more or less) than otherwise: we must work all the faster now
- all too ⇒ definitely but regrettably: it's all too true
- at all ⇒ (used with a negative or in a question) in any way whatsoever or to any extent or degree: I didn't know that at all
- even so; anyway: I'm surprised you came at all
- be all for ⇒ informal to be strongly in favour of
- for all ⇒ in so far as; to the extent that: for all anyone knows, he was a baron
- notwithstanding: for all my pushing, I still couldn't move it
- for all that ⇒ in spite of that: he was a nice man for all that
- in all ⇒ altogether: there were five of them in all
- (in scores of games) apiece; each: the score at half time was three all
- completely: all alone
Etymology: Old English eall; related to Old High German al, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls all
- preceded by my, your, his, etc: (one's) complete effort or interest: to give your all, you are my all
- totality or whole
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