- IPA: /ɔːlˈrɛdi/, /ɑːlˈrɛdi/, X-SAMPA: /O:l"rEdi/
- Hyphenation: al‧read‧y
- Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously.
- 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Part 6
- So soon .
- Are you quitting already?
- ( US ) Influenced by Yiddish שױן ( shoyn ) An intensifier used to emphasize impatience or express exasperation .
already ( not comparable )
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 ) .
Explanation of already by Wordnet Dictionary
- Already adv. [All ( OE. al ) + ready.] Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously. “Joseph was in Egypt already.” Exod. i. 5.
I say unto you, that Elias is come already. Matt. xvii. 12.
☞ It has reference to past time, but may be used for a future past; as, when you shall arrive, the business will be already completed, or will have been already completed.
Definition of already by GCIDE Dictionary