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Meaning of each by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English eche, from Old English ǣlċ, contraction of ǣġhwilċ ( “each, every, any, all” ), from Proto-Germanic *aiwô ( “ever, always” ), *galīkaz ( “alike” ), equivalent to ay + like. Compare Scots ilk, elk ( “each, every” ), West Frisian elk ( “each” ), Low German elk, ellik ( “each” ), Dutch elk ( “each” ), German jeglich ( “any” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /iːʧ/, X-SAMPA: /i:tS/
    • ( US ) IPA: /iʧ/, X-SAMPA: /itS/
    • Rhymes: -iːtʃ



    1. all; every; qualifying a singular noun, indicating all examples of the thing so named seen as individual or separate items ( compare every )
      Make sure you wash each bowl well .
      The sun comes up each morning and sets each night .
    2. every one; every thing
      I'm going to give each of you a chance to win .
    3. For one; per
      The apples cost 50 cents each .

    Related terms


    each ( plural: eaches )

    1. ( operations, philosophy ) An individual item: the least quantitative unit in a grouping.


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: always · another · right · #172: each · between · face · tell


    • Aceh, ache, Ache, HACE

Explanation of each by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to or from every one of two or more ( considered individually )

    2. they received $10 each
    1. ( used of count nouns ) every one considered individually

    2. each person is mortal
      each party is welcome

    Definition of each by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Each ( ēch ), a. or a. pron. [OE. eche, ælc, elk, ilk, AS. ælc; ā always + gelīc like; akin to OD. iegelik, OHG. ēogilīh, MHG. iegelīch, G. jeglich. √209. See 3d Aye, Like, and cf. Either, Every, Ilk.]
      1. Every one of the two or more individuals composing a number of objects, considered separately from the rest. It is used either with or without a following noun; as, “each of you or each one of you”. “Each of the combatants.” Fielding.

      ☞ To each corresponds other. “Let each esteem other better than himself.” Each other, used elliptically for each the other. It is our duty to assist each other; that is, it is our duty, each to assist the other, each being in the nominative and other in the objective case.

      It is a bad thing that men should hate each other; but it is far worse that they should contract the habit of cutting one another's throats without hatred. Macaulay.

      Let each

      His adamantine coat gird well. Milton.

      In each cheek appears a pretty dimple. Shak.

      Then draw we nearer day by day,

      Each to his brethren, all to God. Keble.

      The oak and the elm have each a distinct character. Gilpin.

      2. Every; -- sometimes used interchangeably with every. Shak.

      I know each lane and every alley green. Milton.

      In short each man's happiness depends upon himself. Sterne.

      ☞ This use of each for every, though common in Scotland and in America, is now un-English. Fitzed. Hall.

      Syn. -- See Every.