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Meaning of EVERY

Pronunciation:  'evree

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ev"er*y\, a. & a. pron. [OE. everich, everilk; AS. ?fre
ever + [ae]lc each. See {Ever}, {each}.]
1. All the parts which compose a whole collection or
   aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all
   taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite bumber.

         Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
                                               --Ps. xxxix.
                                               5.

         Every door and window was adorned with wreaths of
         flowers.                              --Macaulay.

2. Every one. Cf. {Each}. [Obs.] ``Every of your wishes.''
   --Shak.

         Daily occasions given to every of us. --Hooker.

{Every each}, every one. [Obs.] ``Every each of them hath
   some vices.'' --Burton..

{Every now and then}, at short intervals; occasionally;
   repeatedly; frequently. [Colloq.]

Note: Every may, by way of emphasis, precede the article the
      with a superlative adjective; as, every, the least
      variation. --Locke.

Syn: {Every}, {Each}, {Any}.

Usage: Any denotes one, or some, taken indifferently from the
       individuals which compose a class. Every differs from
       each in giving less promonence to the selection of the
       individual. Each relates to two or more individuals of
       a class. It refers definitely to every one of them,
       denoting that they are considered separately, one by
       one, all being included; as, each soldier was
       receiving a dollar per day. Every relates to more than
       two and brings into greater prominence the notion that
       not one of all considered is excepted; as, every
       soldier was on service, except the cavalry, that is,
       all the soldiers, etc.

             In each division there were four pentecosties,
             in every pentecosty four enomoties, and of each
             enomoty there fought in the front rank four
             [soldiers].                       --Jowett
                                               (Thucyd. ).

             If society is to be kept together and the
             children of Adam to be saved from setting up
             each for himself with every one else his foe.
                                               --J. H.
                                               Newman.

 

 

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