- ( UK ) IPA: /ɔːl/, X-SAMPA: /O:l/
- ( US ) IPA: /ɔl/, X-SAMPA: /Ol/
- ( cot–caught merger, Northern Cities Vowel Shift ) IPA: /ɑl/, X-SAMPA: /Al/
- Rhymes: -ɔːl
- Every individual or anything of the given class, with no exceptions ( the noun or noun phrase denoting the class must be plural: or uncountable ) .
- Throughout the whole of ( a stated period of time; generally used with units of a day or longer ) .
- Everyone .
- Everything .
- ( with a possessive pronoun ) Everything possible .
- ( countable ) The totality of one's possessions.
- a bit of all right
- after all
- all about
- all along
- all and sundry
- all around
- all at once
- All Blacks
- all but
- all clear
- all fingers and thumbs
- All Fools' Day
- all for
- All Hallows
- All Hallows' Day
- all hands on deck
- all in
- all in all
- all-in wrestling
- all of a sudden
- all one
- all or nothing
- all over
- all over the place
- all over with
- all right
- All Saints' Day
- all singing, all dancing
- All Souls' Day
- all square
- all systems go
- all that
- all the best
- all the more
- all the same
- all the way
- all together
- all told
- all-up service
- all up with
- all very well
- and all
- and all that
- at all
- became all attention
- All a. [OE. al, pl. alle, AS. eal, pl. ealle, Northumbrian alle, akin to D. & OHG. al, Ger. all, Icel. allr. Dan. al, Sw. all, Goth. alls; and perh. to Ir. and Gael. uile, W. oll.]
1. The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or degree of; the whole; the whole number of; any whatever; every; as, “all the wheat; all the land; all the year; all the strength; all happiness; all abundance; loss of all power; beyond all doubt; you will see us all ( or all of us ).”
Prove all things: hold fast that which is good. 1 Thess. v. 21.
2. Any. [Obs.] “Without all remedy.” Shak.
☞ When the definite article “the,” or a possessive or a demonstrative pronoun, is joined to the noun that all qualifies, all precedes the article or the pronoun; as, all the cattle; all my labor; all his wealth; all our families; all your citizens; all their property; all other joys.
This word, not only in popular language, but in the Scriptures, often signifies, indefinitely, a large portion or number, or a great part. Thus, all the cattle in Egypt died, all Judea and all the region round about Jordan, all men held John as a prophet, are not to be understood in a literal sense, but as including a large part, or very great numbers.
3. Only; alone; nothing but.
I was born to speak all mirth and no matter. Shak.
All the whole, the whole ( emphatically ). [Obs.] “All the whole army.” Shak.
- All, adv.
1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, “all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement.” “And cheeks all pale.” Byron.
☞ In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense or becomes intensive.
2. Even; just. ( Often a mere intensive adjunct. ) [Obs. or Poet.]
All as his straying flock he fed. Spenser.
A damsel lay deploring
All on a rock reclined. Gay.
All to, or All-to. In such phrases as “all to rent,” “all to break,” “all-to frozen,” etc., which are of frequent occurrence in our old authors, the all and the to have commonly been regarded as forming a compound adverb, equivalent in meaning to entirely, completely, altogether. But the sense of entireness lies wholly in the word all ( as it does in “all forlorn,” and similar expressions ), and the to properly belongs to the following word, being a kind of intensive prefix ( orig. meaning asunder and answering to the LG. ter-, HG. zer- ). It is frequently to be met with in old books, used without the all. Thus Wyclif says, “The vail of the temple was to rent:” and of Judas, “He was hanged and to-burst the middle:” i. e., burst in two, or asunder. -- All along. See under Along. -- All and some, individually and collectively, one and all. [Obs.] “Displeased all and some.” Fairfax. -- All but. Scarcely; not even. [Obs.] Shak. Almost; nearly. “The fine arts were all but proscribed.” Macaulay. -- All
hollow, entirely, completely; as, “to beat any one all hollow”. [Low] -- All one, the same thing in effect; that is, wholly the same thing. -- All over, over the whole extent; thoroughly; wholly; as, “she is her mother all over”. [Colloq.] -- All the better, wholly the better; that is, better by the whole difference. -- All the same, nevertheless. “There they [certain phenomena] remain rooted all the same, whether we recognize them or not.” J. C. Shairp. “But Rugby is a very nice place all the same.” T. Arnold. -- See also under All, n.
- All n. The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing; everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole; totality; everything or every person; as, “our all is at stake”.
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all. Shak.
All that thou seest is mine. Gen. xxxi. 43.
All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a thing, all of us.
After all, after considering everything to the contrary; nevertheless. -- All in all, a phrase which signifies all things to a person, or everything desired; ( also adverbially ) wholly; altogether.
Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,
Trust me not at all, or all in all. Tennyson.
-- All in the wind ( Naut. ), a phrase denoting that the sails are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake. -- All told, all counted; in all. -- And all, and the rest; and everything connected. “Bring our crown and all.” Shak. -- At all. In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] “She is a shrew at al.” Chaucer. A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis, usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or to the least extent; in the least; under any circumstances; as, “he has no ambition at all; has he any property at all?” “Nothing at all.” Shak. “If thy father at all miss me.” 1 Sam. xx. 6. -- Over all, everywhere. [Obs.] Chaucer.
☞ All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning, or add force to a word. In some instances, it is completely incorporated into words, and its final consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always: but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen, as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant, all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as, allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout, alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are now written separately.
- All, conj. [Orig. all, adv., wholly: used with though or if, which being dropped before the subjunctive left all as if in the sense although.] Although; albeit. [Obs.]
All they were wondrous loth. Spenser.
From Middle English, from Old English eall ( “all, every, entire, whole, universal” ), from Proto-Germanic *allaz, *alnaz ( “all, whole, every” ), from Proto-Indo-European *al- ( “all” ). Cognate with West Frisian al ( “all” ), Dutch al ( “all” ), German all ( “all” ), Swedish all ( “all” ), Icelandic allur ( “all” ), Welsh oll ( “all” ), Irish uile ( “all” ), Lithuanian aliái ( “all, each, every” ), Albanian lloj ( “type, sort, variegated” ) .
all ( not comparable )
all ( countable and uncountable; plural: alls )
By Wiktionary ( 2012/04/27 03:50 UTC Version )
By Wiktionary ( 2011/10/01 20:16 UTC Version )
From Middle English all- ( also al- ), from Old English eall-, eal- ( “all-” ), from Proto-Germanic *ala- ( “all-” ), from Proto-Indo-European *al- ( “all” ). Cognate with Dutch al-, German all-, Swedish all-. More at all .
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