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all /ɔːl/ determiner
  1. the whole quantity or amount of; totality of; every one of a class: all the rice, all men are mortal
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): all of it is nice, all are welcome
  3. (in combination with a noun used as a modifier): an all-ticket match, an all-amateur tournament, an all-night sitting
  4. the greatest possible: in all earnestness
  5. any whatever: to lose all hope of recovery, beyond all doubt
  6. all alongall the time
  7. all butalmost; nearly: all but dead
  8. all ofno less or smaller than: she's all of thirteen years
  9. all overfinished; at an end
  10. over the whole area (of something); everywhere (in, on, etc): all over England
  11. typically; representatively (in the phrase that's me (you, him, us, them,etc) all over)
  12. unduly effusive towards
  13. See all in
  14. all in alleverything considered: all in all, it was a great success
  15. the object of one's attention or interest: you are my all in all
  16. all the ⇒ (followed by a comparative adjective or adverb) so much (more or less) than otherwise: we must work all the faster now
  17. all toodefinitely but regrettably: it's all too true
  18. 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
  19. even so; anyway: I'm surprised you came at all
  20. be all forinformal to be strongly in favour of
  21. for allin so far as; to the extent that: for all anyone knows, he was a baron
  22. notwithstanding: for all my pushing, I still couldn't move it
  23. for all thatin spite of that: he was a nice man for all that
  24. in allaltogether: there were five of them in all
adv
  1. (in scores of games) apiece; each: the score at half time was three all
  2. completely: all alone
n
  1. preceded by my, your, his, etc: (one's) complete effort or interest: to give your all, you are my all
  2. totality or whole
Etymology: Old English eall; related to Old High German al, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls all



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