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Meaning of ALL

Pronunciation:  ol

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  1. [adv]  to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent; "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"; (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly' as in"a whole new idea")
  2. [adj]  completely given to or absorbed by; "became all attention"

ALL is a 3 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: altogether, complete, completely, entirely, totally, whole, wholly
 Antonyms: part, partially, partly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \All\, a. [OE. al, pl. alle, AS. eal, pl. ealle,
    Northumbrian alle, akin to D. & OHG. al, Ger. all, Icel.
    allr. Dan. al, Sw. all, Goth. alls; and perh. to Ir. and
    Gael. uile, W. oll.]
    1. 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
             Prove all things: hold fast that which is good. --1
                                                   Thess. v. 21.
    2. Any. [Obs.] ``Without all remedy.'' --Shak.
    Note: When the definite article ``the,'' or a possessive or a
          demonstrative pronoun, is joined to the noun that all
          qualifies, all precedes the article or the pronoun; as,
          all the cattle; all my labor; all his wealth; all our
          families; all your citizens; all their property; all
          other joys.
    Note: This word, not only in popular language, but in the
          Scriptures, often signifies, indefinitely, a large
          portion or number, or a great part. Thus, all the
          cattle in Egypt died, all Judea and all the region
          round about Jordan, all men held John as a prophet, are
          not to be understood in a literal sense, but as
          including a large part, or very great numbers.
    3. Only; alone; nothing but.
             I was born to speak all mirth and no matter. --Shak.
    {All the whole}, the whole (emphatically). [Obs.] ``All the
       whole army.'' --Shak.
  2. \All\, adv.
    1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as,
       all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. ``And cheeks
       all pale.'' --Byron.
    Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all
          so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense
          or becomes intensive.
    2. Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.) [Obs. or
             All as his straying flock he fed.     --Spenser.
             A damsel lay deploring All on a rock reclined.
    {All to}, or {All-to}. In such phrases as ``all to rent,''
       ``all to break,'' ``all-to frozen,'' etc., which are of
       frequent occurrence in our old authors, the all and the to
       have commonly been regarded as forming a compound adverb,
       equivalent in meaning to entirely, completely, altogether.
       But the sense of entireness lies wholly in the word all
       (as it does in ``all forlorn,'' and similar expressions),
       and the to properly belongs to the following word, being a
       kind of intensive prefix (orig. meaning asunder and
       answering to the LG. ter-, HG. zer-). It is frequently to
       be met with in old books, used without the all. Thus
       Wyclif says, ``The vail of the temple was to rent:'' and
       of Judas, ``He was hanged and to-burst the middle:'' i.
       e., burst in two, or asunder.
    {All along}. See under {Along}.
    {All and some}, individually and collectively, one and all.
       [Obs.] ``Displeased all and some.'' --Fairfax.
    {All but}.
       (a) Scarcely; not even. [Obs.] --Shak.
       (b) Almost; nearly. ``The fine arts were all but
           proscribed.'' --Macaulay.
    {All hollow}, entirely, completely; as, to beat any one all
       hollow. [Low]
    {All one}, the same thing in effect; that is, wholly the same
    {All over}, over the whole extent; thoroughly; wholly; as,
       she is her mother all over. [Colloq.]
    {All the better}, wholly the better; that is, better by the
       whole difference.
    {All the same}, nevertheless. ``There they [certain
       phenomena] remain rooted all the same, whether we
       recognize them or not.'' --J. C. Shairp. ``But Rugby is a
       very nice place all the same.'' --T. Arnold. -- See also
       under {All}, n.
  3. \All\, n.
    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
          Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
          All that thou seest is mine.             --Gen. xxxi.
    Note: All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a
          thing, all of us.
    {After all}, after considering everything to the contrary;
    {All in all}, a phrase which signifies all things to a
       person, or everything desired; (also adverbially) wholly;
             Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee, Forever.
             Trust me not at all, or all in all.   --Tennyson.
    {All in the wind} (Naut.), a phrase denoting that the sails
       are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake.
    {All told}, all counted; in all.
    {And all}, and the rest; and everything connected. ``Bring
       our crown and all.'' --Shak.
    {At all}.
    (a) In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] ``She is a
        shrew at al(l).'' --Chaucer.
    (b) A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis,
        usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and
        signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or
        to the least extent; in the least; under any
        circumstances; as, he has no ambition at all; has he any
        property at all? ``Nothing at all.'' --Shak. ``If thy
        father at all miss me.'' --1 Sam. xx. 6.
    {Over all}, everywhere. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    Note: All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning,
          or add force to a word. In some instances, it is
          completely incorporated into words, and its final
          consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always:
          but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to
          adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen,
          as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant,
          all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as,
          allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout,
          alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are
          now written separately.
  4. \All\, conj. [Orig. all, adv., wholly: used with though or
    if, which being dropped before the subjunctive left all as if
    in the sense although.]
    Although; albeit. [Obs.]
          All they were wondrous loth.             --Spenser.
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