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Definition of "all" [all]

  • Being or representing the entire or total number, amount, or quantity: All the windows are open. Deal all the cards. See Synonyms at whole. (adjective)
  • Constituting, being, or representing the total extent or the whole: all Christendom. (adjective)
  • Being the utmost possible of: argued the case in all seriousness. (adjective)
  • Every: got into all manner of trouble. (adjective)
  • Any whatsoever: beyond all doubt. (adjective)
  • The whole quantity or amount of; totality of; every one of a class (determiner)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural) (determiner)
  • (in combination with a noun used as a modifier) (determiner)
  • The greatest possible (determiner)
  • Any whatever (determiner)
  • (in scores of games) apiece; each (adverb)
  • Completely (adverb)
  • (one's) complete effort or interest (noun)
  • Totality or whole (noun)

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Use "all" in a sentence
  • "We all know that when we say "Men are animals," a form wholly unquantified in phrase, we speak of _all_ men, but not of all animals: it is _some or all_, some may be all for aught the proposition says."
  • "Also, the universities should be allowed to offer as many scholarships as they want — but the caveat is that the entering players *all* are in the upper 50% of the class with SAT and GPA, and not simply the average of all the sports, etc."
  • "Cue to last fall, when all the apartment owners in the low rise buildings on the North Road side found out that the big concrete beams of the guideway would cut 50% of their view on the 2nd floor and all of it on the 3rd floor…not to mention that the resale value will go down a lot..all of a sudden a tram looked good.."