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Definitions for already
ɔlˈrɛd ial·ready

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alreadyadverb

    prior to a specified or implied time

    "she has already graduated"


  1. alreadyadverb

    Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously.

  2. alreadyadverb

    So soon.

    Are you quitting already?

  3. alreadyadverb

    Influenced by u05E9u05F1u05DF An intensifier used to emphasize impatience or express exasperation.

  4. Etymology: From alredy, alredi, equivalent to. Compare alreide, alreids; alreeds. More at all, ready.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alreadyadverb

    At this present time, or at some time past; opposed to futurity; as, Will he come soon? He is come already. Will it be done? It is done already.

    Etymology: from all and ready.

    Touching our uniformity, that which hath been already answered, may serve for answer to that exception. Richard Hooker.

    You warn’d me still of loving two;
    Can I love him, already loving you? John Dryden, Indian Emp.

    See, the guards, from yon far eastern hill
    Already move, no longer stay afford;
    High in the air, they wave the flaming sword,
    Your signal to depart. John Dryden, State of Innocence.

    I confine myself to methods for the advancement of piety, which are in the power of a prince limited like ours, by a strict execution of the laws already in force. Jonathan Swift.

    Methinks, already I your tears survey,
    Already hear the horrid things they say,
    Already see you a degraded toast,
    And all your honour in a whisper lost! Alexander Pope.


  1. already

    Already is an adverb that refers to something that has occurred or been done before a specific time or event, indicating that an action or event has taken place or a condition exists prior to the present moment or a specified point in time. It suggests completion or prior occurrence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alreadyadverb

    prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously

  2. Etymology: [All (OE. al) + ready.]


  1. Already

    Already is the fourth album by the British rock band Jesus Jones in 1997. The last EMI album. Singles released were "The Next Big Thing" and "Chemical #1". EMI re-issued on the album on 1 March 2003. The album followed a working hiatus by the band following the relative failure of 1993's Perverse compared to their international breakthrough album Doubt. Although the band had come up with ideas that they requested to Food Records, the label rejected them before finally accepting the released Already. Already only reached #161 in the UK albums chart, although lead single "The Next Big Thing" had some radio play reaching #49 in the singles chart.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Already

    awl-red′i, adv. previously, or before the time specified.—Sometimes used adjectively = present. [All and Ready.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'already' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #245

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'already' in Written Corpus Frequency: #351

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'already' in Adverbs Frequency: #42

Anagrams for already »

  1. adlayer

  2. aleyard

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of already in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of already in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of already in a Sentence

  1. Colin Cieszynski:

    I think what we're seeing here is probably a bit of short-covering and bargain-hunting, just trading against the news, even though the results were disappointing, the stocks had been pretty solidly hammered already. I suspect there was already substantial disappointment already priced in.

  2. Joe Chandler:

    Trucking is the pipeline through which the economy flows, and when you choke down on that pipeline, then you’re going to cause problems. The pipeline was already full. We already had more loads than we had trucks… It’s taken an already difficult situation and made it terribly worse.

  3. Douglas Adams:

    There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

  4. Selam Mohammed:

    The police said 'drop it' once, then they shot him four times, we were trying to break it up before the police even came, but the police ran in on foot and pulled their guns out already. They already had them, like, as soon as he was running he was already grabbing for his gun, not even trying to Tase him or anything.

  5. Frank Dane:

    The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.

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