- The definition of all is the entire amount.
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet are an example of all the colors of the rainbow.
These swatches represent all the colors.
all definition by Webster's New World
- the whole extent or quantity of: all New England, all the gold
- the entire number of: all the men went
- every one of: all men must eat
- the greatest possible; as much as possible: said in all sincerity
- any; any whatever: true beyond all question
- every: now used only in such phrases as all manner of men
- alone; only: life is not all pleasure
- seeming to be nothing but: he was all arms and legs
- ☆ Dialectal completely used up, consumed, over with, etc.: the bread is all
Origin: Middle English al, all ; from Old English eal ; from Indo-European an unverified form al-no-s ; from base an unverified form al-, an unverified form ol-, beyond, exceeding from source Classical Latin ultra
- everyone: all must die
- every one: all of us are here; all of the pencils are sharpened
- everything; the whole thing, matter, situation, etc.: all is over between them
- every part or bit: all of it is gone
- one's whole property, effort, etc.: gave his all
- a totality; whole
- wholly; entirely; altogether; quite: all worn out, riding all through the night
- apiece: a score of thirty all
- wholly, entirely, or exclusively: all-American
- for every: all-purpose
- of everything or every part: all-inclusive
- lasting throughout (a specified period): all-night
Origin: all-(American)Sports selected as the best of (a specified category): all-league, all-conference, all-pro
all definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Being or representing the entire or total number, amount, or quantity: All the windows are open. Deal all the cards. See Synonyms at whole.
- Constituting, being, or representing the total extent or the whole: all Christendom.
- Being the utmost possible of: argued the case in all seriousness.
- Every: got into all manner of trouble.
- Any whatsoever: beyond all doubt.
- Pennsylvania Finished; used up: The apples are all. See Regional Note at gum band.
- Informal Being more than one: Who all came to the party? See Regional Note at you-all.
- The entire or total number, amount, or quantity; totality: All of us are sick. All that I have is yours.
- Everyone; everything: justice for all.
- Wholly; completely: a room painted all white; directions that were all wrong.
- Each; apiece: a score of five all.
- So much: I am all the better for that experience.
Origin: Middle English al, from Old English eall; see al-3 in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: The construction all that is used informally in questions and negative sentences to mean “to the degree expected.” In the late 1960s, the Usage Panel rejected its use, but evidently resistance to all that is crumbling. Seventy-two percent of the Panel now finds the construction acceptable in the sentence The movie is not all that interesting. • Sentences of the form All X's are not Y may be ambiguous. All of the departments did not file a report may mean that some departments did not file, or that none did. The first meaning can be expressed unambiguously by the sentence Not all of the departments filed a report. The second meaning requires a paraphrase such as None of the departments filed a report or All of the departments failed to file a report. The same problem can arise with other universal terms such as every in negated sentences, as in the ambiguous Every department did not file a report. See Usage Note at every.Our Living Language Among the newest ways of introducing direct speech in the United States is the construction consisting of a form of be with all, as in I'm all, “I'm not gonna do that!” And she's all, “Yes you are!” This construction is particularly common in the animated speech of young people in California and elsewhere on the West Coast, who use it more frequently than the informal East Coast alternatives, be like and go, as in He's like (or goes), “I'm not gonna do that!” These indicators of direct speech tend to be used more often with pronoun subjects (He's all, “I'm not᠁”) than with nouns (The man's all, “I'm not᠁”), and with the historical present (He's all᠁) than with the past (He was all᠁). All of these locutions can introduce a gesture or facial expression rather than a quotation, as in He's all᠁ followed by a shrug of the shoulders. Be all and be like can also preface a statement that sums up an attitude, as in “I'm all ‘No way!’” See Notes at go1, like2.
all - Medical Definition
all - Phrases/Idioms
- all except
- nearly; almost
all in all
- considering everything
- as a whole
- everywhere; in or on every part of; throughout
- Informal as one characteristically is that's Mary all over
all the better (or worse)
all the farther (or closer, etc.)
all the same
- of no importance
as all get-outor like all get-outâ
- in the least; to the slightest degree
- in any way
- under any considerations
all in all
all the same
- Notwithstanding; nevertheless.
- Of no difference, immaterial.
- In any way: unable to walk at all.
- To any extent; whatever: not at all sorry.