all

all [ôl]
adj.
[ME al, all < OE eal < IE * al-no-s < base * al-, * ol-, beyond, exceeding > L ultra]
1. the whole extent or quantity of [all New England, all the gold]
2. the entire number of [all the men went]
3. every one of [all men must eat]
4. the greatest possible; as much as possible [said in all sincerity]
5. any; any whatever [true beyond all question]
6. every: now used only in such phrases as all manner of men
7. alone; only [life is not all pleasure]
8. seeming to be nothing but [he was all arms and legs ]
9. Dial. completely used up, consumed, over with, etc. [the bread is all]
pron.
1. [with pl. v.] everyone [all must die]
2. [with pl. v.] every one [all of us are here; all of the pencils are sharpened]
3. everything; the whole thing, matter, situation, etc. [all is over between them]
4. every part or bit [all of it is gone]
n.
1. one's whole property, effort, etc. [gave his all]
2. a totality; whole
adv.
1. wholly; entirely; altogether; quite [all worn out, riding all through the night]
2. apiece [a score of thirty all]
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after all
nevertheless; in spite of everything
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all but
1. all except
2. nearly; almost
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☆ all in
Informal very tired; fatigued
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all in all
1. considering everything
2. as a whole
3. everything
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all out
completely; wholeheartedly
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all over
1. ended
2. everywhere; in or on every part of; throughout
3. Informal as one characteristically is [that's Mary all over]
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all the
as much of (something) as [that's all the help you'll get]
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all the better or all the worse
so much the better (or worse)
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all the farther or all the closer
[Informal or Dial.] as far (close, etc.) as
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all the same
1. nevertheless
2. of no importance
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and all
Informal et cetera (etc.)
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☆ as all get-out or like all get-out
Informal to a considerable degree; greatly [angry as all get-out]
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at all
1. in the least; to the slightest degree
2. in any way
3. under any considerations
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for all
in spite of; despite
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in all
altogether; all being counted

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