Every definition

ĕvrē
Each, individually and separately; each, and including all.

Every man among you.

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Each group or interval (a specified number or time)

Take a pill every three hours.

adjective
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The definition of every is each, all, or each group or interval.

An example of every is each person competing in a race being on their own, every person on their own.

An example of every is a large group of people coming together to sing, every member involved.

An example of every is a fountain going off at the top of each hour, spouting water every hour.

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Being the highest degree or expression of.

Showed us every attention; had every hope of succeeding.

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Constituting each and all members of a group without exception.
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Being all possible.

Had every chance of winning, but lost.

adjective
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A surname​.
pronoun
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Being each of a specified succession of objects or intervals.

Every third seat; every two hours.

adjective
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The fullest possible; all that there could be.

Given every chance to do the job.

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(informal) every bit
  • In all ways; equally:
    He is every bit as mean as she is.
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every now and then
  • From time to time; occasionally.
idiom
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every once in a while
  • From time to time; occasionally.
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every other
  • Each alternate:
    She went to visit her aunt every other week.
idiom
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every so often
  • At intervals; occasionally.
idiom
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(informal) every which way
  • In every direction.
  • In complete disorder.
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every now and then
  • from time to time; occasionally
idiom
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every other
  • each alternate, as the first, third, fifth, etc.
idiom
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(informal) every which way
  • in every direction
  • in complete disorder
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Origin of every

  • Middle English everi, everich from Old English ǣfre ǣlc ǣfre ever aiw- in Indo-European roots ǣlc each līk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition