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Alternative forms

  • al (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English all, from Old English eall (all, every, entire, whole, universal), from Proto-Germanic *allaz (all, whole, every), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂el- (all). Cognate with West Frisian al (all), Dutch al (all), Scots a' (all), German all (all), Swedish all (all), Icelandic allur (all), Welsh oll (all), Irish uile (all), Lithuanian aliái (all, each, every).

Pronunciation

Adverb

all (not comparable)

  1. (degree) intensifier.
    It suddenly went all quiet.
    She was all, “Whatever.”
  2. (poetic) Entirely.
    • 1738, Charles Wesley, “And can it be that I should gain”, in John Wesley, editor, A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, Charlestown: Lewis Timothy, OCLC 909267115:
      'Tis mystery all: th'Immortal dies
  3. Apiece; each.
    The score was 30 all when the rain delay started.
  4. (degree) So much.
    Don't want to go? All the better since I lost the tickets.
  5. (obsolete, poetic) even; just
    • 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender, London: Hugh Singleton, OCLC 932885060:
      All as his straying flock he fed.
    • 1715, John Gay, What D’ye Call It?, London: Bernard Lintott, OCLC 938412196:
      A damsel lay deploring / All on a rock reclined.

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Determiner

In this picture, all of the red shapes are inside the yellow boundary.

all

  1. Every individual or anything of the given class, with no exceptions (the noun or noun phrase denoting the class must be plural or uncountable).
    All contestants must register at the scorer’s table.  All flesh is originally grass.  All my friends like classical music.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619:
      In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. In this way all respectable burgesses, down to fifty years ago, spent their evenings.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path []. It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.
  2. Throughout the whole of (a stated period of time; generally used with units of a day or longer).
    The store is open all day and all night.
    (= through the whole of the day and the whole of the night.)
    I’ve been working on this all year.
    (= from the beginning of the year until now.)
  3. (obsolete) Any.
  4. Only; alone; nothing but.
    He's all talk; he never puts his ideas into practice.

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Pronoun

all

  1. Everything.
    some gave all they had;  she knows all and sees all;  Those who think they know it all are annoying to those of us who do.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 3, in The Celebrity:
      Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.
  2. Everyone.
    A good time was had by all.

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Noun

all (countable and uncountable, plural alls)

  1. (with a possessive pronoun) Everything that one is capable of.
    She gave her all, and collapsed at the finish line.
  2. (countable) The totality of one's possessions.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, pp. 37-8:
      she therefore ordered Jenny to pack up her alls and begone, for that she was determined she should not sleep that night within her walls. [] I packed up my little all as well as I could, and went off.

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Conjunction

all

  1. (obsolete) although
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, volume 2, London: Ponsonbie, OCLC 243035665:
      And those two froward sisters, their faire loves, / Came with them eke, all they were wondrous loth.

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Adjective

all

  1. (dialectal, Pennsylvania) All gone; dead.
    The butter is all.

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