What does all mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. all(a)(adj)

    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. all(adverb)

    completely given to or absorbed by

    "became all attention"

  3. wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, whole(adverb)

    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. all(Noun)

    Everything possible.

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

  2. all(Noun)

    The totality of one's possessions.

  3. all(Adverb)


    Simplistically, he was fired with pay.

  4. all(Adverb)

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

  5. all(Adverb)

    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.

  6. all(Adverb)

    Apiece; each.

    The score was 30 all when the rain delay started.

  7. all(Adverb)


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

  8. all(Adverb)

    So much.

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

  9. all(Adverb)


Webster Dictionary

  1. All(adj)

    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)

  2. All(adj)


  3. All(adj)

    only; alone; nothing but

  4. All(adverb)

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

  5. All(adverb)

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

  6. All(noun)

    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. Origin: [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

    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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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

How to pronounce all?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say all in sign language?

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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. James Holzhauer:

    ALL IN!

  2. Scott Eastwood:

    No not at all.

  3. Harry Brock:

    All we can do.

  4. Winner Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton:

    No, not at all.

  5. Lara Trump:

    We all felt it.

Images & Illustrations of all

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