the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration):
all the cake; all the way; all year.
the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively):
the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree):
with all due respect; with all speed.
dominated by or as if by the conspicuous possession or use of a particular feature:
The colt was all legs. They were all ears, listening attentively to everything she said.
He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.
Is that all you want to say? All is lost.
ones whole interest, energy, or property:
to give ones all; to lose ones all.
He spent his income all on pleasure.
Above all, the little girl wanted a piano.
in spite of the circumstances; notwithstanding:
We were all in at the end of the day.
All in all, her health is greatly improved.
There were twelve absentees all in all.
everything; everything regarded as important:
(of the copy for typesetting a particular article, book, issue, etc.) in the possession of the compositor.
with all available means or effort:
in such a way and so suddenly that sails or engines are still set to propel a vessel forward:
remarkably; entirely; decidedly (used in negative constructions):
Its not all that different from your other house.
more advantageous; so much the better:
If the sun shines it will be all the better for our trip.
mentally competent; not insane or feeble-minded:
Some of his farfetched ideas made us suspect that he wasnt all there.
Its all up with Georgetheyve caught him.
together with every other associated or connected attribute, object, or circumstance:
What with the snow and all, we may be a little late.
The case was settled once and for all when the appeal was denied.
awl(see usage note at the current entry)
This is all the farther the bus goes. Thats all the higher she can jump.
This is as far as the bus goes. Thats as high as she can jump.
Although some object to the inclusion of
and prefer to omit it, the construction is entirely standard.
a combining form meaning other, used in the formation of compound words (
) and in chemistry to denote the more stable of two geometric isomers.
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British Dictionary definitions forall
the whole quantity or amount of; totality of; every one of a class
as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural
in combination with a noun used as a modifier
over the whole area (of something); everywhere (in, on, etc)
typically; representatively (in the phrase
the object of ones attention or interest
foll by a comparative adjective or adverb
so much (more or less) than otherwise
and you can take that smile off your face and all
a parenthetical filler phrase used at the end of a statement to make a sl ight pause in speaking
and similar or associated things; et cetera
coffee, tea, and all that will be served in the garden
used as a filler or to make what precedes more vague: in this sense, it often occurs with concessive force
she was sweet and pretty and all that, but I still didnt like her
shes not as pretty as all that, but she has personality
(used with a negative or in a question)
in any way whatsoever or to any extent or degree
to be exceptionally good, talented, or attractive
for all anyone knows, he was a baron
for all my pushing, I still couldnt move it
the score at half time was three all
used for emphasis when introducing direct speech or nonverbal communication
indicating difference, variation, or opposition
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Old Englisheallall, every, entire, from Proto-Germanic*alnaz(cf. Old Frisian, Old High Germanal, Old Norseallr, Gothicalls), with no certain connection outside Germanic.
Combinations withallmeaning wholly, without limit were common in Old English (e.g.eall-haligall-holy,eall-mihtigall-mighty) and the method continued to form new compound words throughout the history of English. First record ofall outto ones full powers is 1880.All-terrain vehiclefirst recorded 1968.All clearas a signal of no danger is recorded from 1902.All right, indicative of approval, is attested from 1953.
word-forming element meaning other, from Greekallo-, comb. form ofallosother, different (seealias(adv.)).
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In addition to the idioms beginning withall
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all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others