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Meaning of already by Wiktionary Dictionary

already


    Etymology

    From Middle English alredy, alredi, equivalent to al- +‎ ready. Compare Middle Low German alreide, alreids; Dutch alreeds ( “already” ). More at all, ready .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ɔːlˈrɛdi/, /ɑːlˈrɛdi/, X-SAMPA: /O:l"rEdi/
    • Hyphenation: al‧read‧y

    Adverb

    already ( not comparable )

    1. Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously.
      It was already dusk, and the lamps were just being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, waiting for the coming of its occupant. —Doyle
    2. So soon .
      Are you quitting already?
    3. ( US ) Influenced by Yiddish שױן ( 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!

    Usage notes

    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 ) .

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Explanation of already by Wordnet Dictionary

already


    Adverb
    1. prior to a specified or implied time

    2. she has already graduated


    Definition of already by GCIDE Dictionary

    already


    1. 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.