- by or before the given or implied time
- even now or even then: already two days late
A student that graduated yesterday is an example of a student who already graduated.
- By this or a specified time: The children were already asleep when we got home.
- So soon: Are you quitting already?
- Informal Used as an intensive: Be quiet already. Enough already.
Origin of alreadyMiddle English alredi al all ; see all . redi ready ; see ready .
- Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously.
- So soon.
- Are you quitting already?
- (US) Influenced by Yiddish שוין (shoyn) An intensifier used to emphasize impatience or express exasperation.
- I wish they'd finish already, so we can get going; enough already!; be quiet already!
Already may be used with the present perfect (I have already done that), the past perfect (I had already done it by then), the future perfect (When you arrive, the business will already have been completed) or the simple future (When you arrive, the business will already be complete).
- We have already seen this method work.
- This was a decision she had already made once - but not really.
- What are you going to hide from me that I haven't already seen?
- Hadn't she already forgotten?
- If you already have a large amount of productivity, technology will amplify it.