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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.

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. Belinda Hollway:

    We are in active conversations with a number of multinational companies and we have some who have already signed up to bringing this case.

  2. Charles East:

    If you're in a competitive environment you're going to take some action to keep your customers, i really don't think they can push prices up because their sales are already weak.

  3. Pasquotank County Sheriff Office:

    Pasquotank County deputies've been working on making redactions since the hearing and are reviewing the order to comply with the specifics the judge included, pasquotank County deputies don't anticipate seeing anything Pasquotank County deputies don't already know. Pasquotank County deputies think it will show an unjustified shooting.

  4. Kevin Cate:

    Joe Biden is already The President. Ron DeSantis is wannabe, and wannabes throw stones at the people who have the job they want. What The White House is doing is attempting to do everything Ron DeSantis can with restraint to stop people from getting sick and dying.

  5. Jody Heymann:

    The bad news is the United States is so late to the game, the good news is that with 187 countries in the world having paid maternity leave, over 90 having paid paternity leave, actually there's a ton that's already known about what works.

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    regarding something abstract as a material thing
    • A. instigation
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