What does all mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. all(a)adjective

    quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class

    "we sat up all night"; "ate all the food"; "all men are mortal"; "all parties are welcome"

  2. alladverb

    completely given to or absorbed by

    "became all attention"

  3. wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, wholeadverb

    to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

    "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea"


  1. allnoun

    Everything possible.

    She gave her all, and collapsed at the finish line.

  2. allnoun

    The totality of one's possessions.

  3. alladverb

    Every individual or anything of the given class, with no exceptions (the noun or noun phrase denoting the class must be plural or uncountable).

  4. alladverb

    Throughout the whole of (a stated period of time; generally used with units of a day or longer).

    The score was 30 all when the rain delay started.

  5. alladverb


    Don't want to go? All the better since I lost the tickets.

  6. alladverb


  7. alladverb


    It suddenly went all quiet.

  8. alladverb


    'Tis mystery all: th'Immortal dies

  9. alladverb

    Apiece; each.

    The score was 30 all when the rain delay started.

  10. alladverb

    So much.

    Don't want to go? All the better since I lost the tickets.

  11. alladverb

    Even; just.

    All as his straying flock he fed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ALLadjective

    Etymology: Æll, Æal, ealle, alle . Sax. oll, Welsh; al, Dutch; alle, Germ. ὄλος, Gr.

    Brutus is an honourable man;
    So are they all, all honourable men. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    To graze the herb all leaving,
    Devour’d each other. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    The great encouragement of all, is the assurance of a future reward. John Tillotson, Sermon vi.

    Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work. Deut. v. 13.

    Political power, I take to be a right of making laws with penalties, and of employing the force of the community in the execution of such laws, and in the defence of the commonwealth; and all this only for the publick good. John Locke.

    On whose pastures cheerful spring,
    All the year doth sit and sing;
    And, rejoicing, smiles to see,
    Their green backs wear his livery. Richard Crashaw.

    Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

  2. Alladverb

    How is my love all ready forth to come. Edmund Spenser, Epithal.

    Know, Rome, that all alone Marcus did fight
    Within Corioli gates. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    And swore so loud,
    That, all amaz’d, the priest let fall the book. William Shakespeare, Tam. Shrew.

    They could call a comet a faxed star, which is all one with stella crinita, or cometa. William Camden, Remains.

    For a large conscience is all one,
    And signifies the same with none. Hudibras, p. iii. c. i.

    Balm, from a silver box distill’d around,
    Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground. Dryd.

    I do not remember he any where mentions expressly the title of the first-born, but all along keeps himself under the shelter of the indefinite term, heir. John Locke.

    Justice, indeed, may be furnished out of this element, as far as her sword goes; and courage may be all over a continued blaze, if the artist pleases. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 103.

    If e’er the miser durst his farthings spare,
    He thinly spreads them through the publick square,
    Where, all beside the rail, rang’d beggars lie,
    And from each other catch the doleful cry. John Gay, Trivia.

    I am of the temper of most kings, who love to be in debt, are all for present money, no matter how they pay it afterward. John Dryden, Fab. Preface.

    When I shall wed,
    That lord, whose hand must take my plight, shall carry
    Half my love with him, half my care and duty.
    Sure I shall never marry, like my sister,
    To love my father all. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Do you not think th’ accomplishment of it
    Sufficient work for one man’s simple head,
    All were it as the rest but simply writ. Edmund Spenser, Son. xxxii.

    A shepherd’s swain, say, did thee bring,
    All as his straying flock he fed;
    And, when his honour hath thee read,
    Crave pardon for thy hardy head. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.

  3. Allnoun

    All is much used in composition; but, in most instances, it is merely arbitrary; as, all-commanding. Sometimes, the words compounded with it, are fixed and classical; as, Almighty.

    And will she yet debase her eyes on me;
    On me, whose all not equals Edward’s moiety?
    On me that halt, and am mishapen thus? William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Nought’s had, all’s spent,
    Where our desire is got without content. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The youth shall study, and no more engage
    Their flatt’ring wishes for uncertain age;
    No more with fruitless care, and cheated strife,
    Chace fleeting pleasure through the maze of life;
    Finding the wretched all they here can have,
    But present food, and but a future grave. Matthew Prior.

    Our all is at stake, and irretrievably lost, if we fail of success. Joseph Addison, on the State of the War.

    Then shall we be news-cramm’d. —— All the better; we shall be the more remarkable. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Up with my tent, here will I lie to night;
    But where to morrow? —— Well, all’s one for that. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    All the fitter, Lentulus: our coming
    Is not for salutation; we have bus’ness. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    That is, every thing is the better, the same, the fitter.
    Sceptre and pow’r, thy giving, I assume;
    And glad her shall resign, when in the end
    Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,
    For ever; and in me all whom thou lov’st. Parad. Lost.

    They all fell to work at the roots of the tree, and left it so little foothold, that the first blast of wind laid it flat upon the ground, nest, eagles, and all. Roger L'Estrange.

    They that do not keep up this indifferency for all but truth, put coloured spectacles before their eyes, and look through false glasses. John Locke.

    A torch, snuff and all, goes out in a moment, when dipped in the vapour. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.


  1. All

    "All" is a word that is used to refer to the whole or entire amount or extent of something, without exception. It includes every possible item, individual, or element within a certain scope or context.

  2. all

    All is a term referring to the entirety or entirety of a group, category, or range of things or people. It encompasses everything and leaves no exceptions or exclusions. It denotes the inclusion of every individual or element within a specified context or set.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alladjective

    the whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or degree of; the whole; the whole number of; any whatever; every; as, all the wheat; all the land; all the year; all the strength; all happiness; all abundance; loss of all power; beyond all doubt; you will see us all (or all of us)

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  3. Alladjective

    only; alone; nothing but

  4. Alladverb

    wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement

  5. Alladverb

    even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.)

  6. Allnoun

    the whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing; everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole; totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at stake

  7. All

    although; albeit

  8. Etymology: [Orig. all, adv., wholly: used with though or if, which being dropped before the subjunctive left all as if in the sense although.]


  1. All

    All is an American punk rock band originally from Los Angeles, currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado, formed by Descendents members Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, and Stephen Egerton.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. All

    awl, adj. the whole of: every one of: any whatever.—adv. wholly: completely: entirely: (Shak.) only, alone.—n. the whole: everything: the totality of things—the universe.—n. All′-Fath′er, God.—All (obs.), entirely, altogether, as in 'all to-brake' (Judges, ix. 53). The prefix to- originally belonged to the verb (tó brecan), but as verbs with this prefix were rarely used without all, the fact was forgotten, and the to was erroneously regarded as belonging to the all. Hence came into use all-to = wholly, utterly; All but, everything short of, almost; All in all, all things in all respects, all or everything together—(adverbially) altogether; All over, thoroughly, entirely; All over with, finished, done with (also coll., All up with); All right, a colloquial phrase expressing assent or approbation; All's one, it is just the same; All to one (obs.), altogether.—After all, when everything has been considered, nevertheless; And all, and everything else; And all that, and all the rest of it, et cetera; At all, in the least degree or to the least extent.—For all, notwithstanding; For good and all, finally.—Once for all, once only. [A.S. all, eal; Ger. all, Gael. uile, W. oll.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. all

    The total quantity; quite; wholly.--All aback, when all the sails are taken aback by the winds.--All ahoo, or all-a-ugh, confused; hanging over; crooked.--All-a-taunt-o, a ship fully rigged, with masts in and yards crossed.--All hands, the whole ship's company.--All hands ahoy, the boatswain's summons for the whole crew to repair on deck, in distinction from the watch.--All hands make sail! the cheering order when about to chase a strange vessel.--All hands to quarters! the call in armed merchantmen, answering to the Beat to quarters in a man-of-war.--All in the wind, when a vessel's head is too close to the wind, so that all her sails are shivering.--All over, resemblance to a particular object, as a ship in bad kelter: "she's a privateer all over."--All overish, the state of feeling when a man is neither ill nor well, restless in bed and indifferent to meals. In the tropics this is considered as the premonitory symptom of disease, and a warning which should be looked to.--All ready, the answer from the tops when the sails are cast loose, and ready to be dropped.--All standing, fully equipped, or with clothes on. To be brought up all standing, is to be suddenly checked or stopped, without any preparation.--Paid off all standing, without unrigging or waiting to return stores; perhaps recommissioned the next day or hour.--All's well, the sentry's call at each bell struck (or half hour) between the periods of broad daylight, or from 8 P.M. to 4 A.M.--All to pieces, a phrase used for out-and-out, extremely, or excessively; as, "we beat her in sailing all to pieces."--All weathers, any time or season; continually.

Editors Contribution

  1. all

    Every animal on planet earth.

    We all know we are here to create a world where all have optimum health, human rights and a world where wealth, resources and income are shared for the prosperity of all human beings and animals on the earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 20, 2020  

  2. all

    Every human being on planet earth.

    We all know we are here to create a world where all have optimum health, human rights and a world where wealth, resources and income are shared for the prosperity of all human beings and animals on the earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 18, 2020  

  3. all

    The team of universal beings connected, communicating, working in unity and solidarity with human beings through the collective consciousness of humanity on planet earth.

    All universal beings have a role on planet earth at this time, to work in unity and partnership with human beings to cocreate optimum health, human rights and peace on earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 6, 2020  

  4. all

    The whole amount.

    All political parties remain united for the benefit of the whole nation.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ALL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, All is ranked #29422 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The All surname appeared 803 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname All.

    84.6% or 680 total occurrences were White.
    8.3% or 67 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 28 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'all' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #47

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'all' in Written Corpus Frequency: #49

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'all' in Adverbs Frequency: #68

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of all in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of all in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of all in a Sentence

  1. Kristjan Prikk:

    We are very firmly together with our neighboring countries, but also the rest of EU, and NATO countries standing against it, after all, this is about the fight between autocratic and democratic worlds.

  2. Harsha De Seiva:

    In Greece, we saw all the data - including debt and budget deficit - changed after the government change, we will reveal the real numbers to the public and work towards a social market economy with a level playing field for all.

  3. Paula Duncan:

    We all tried to convince her to look at the paper trail. We laid it out in front of her again and again and she still said that she had a reasonable doubt. And that's the way the jury worked. We didn't want it to be hung, so we tried for an extended period of time to convince her, but in the end she held out and that's why we have 10 counts that did not get a verdict.

  4. Jacob Russell:

    I think that image is one of the more expressive ones that (shows) what really seems to be going on there, i didn't want to take pictures that conveyed the idea that this was all about hardcore fighters going into battle and killing lots of (ISIS) fighters. That just didn't seem to be the case.

  5. Tony ODell:

    Theres an investigation on the hospital side where theyre looking at all the system failures that would have allowed this to happen for nine months, and then, we have a criminal investigation... so they can hopefully charge the person of interest and were hoping thats sooner rather than later. We understand thats a pretty daunting part of the investigation. Whats frustrating is that they havent moved forward with the hospital side of the investigation because they know the system failures that allowed this person to do what she did for as long as she did.

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    A noninvasive
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