Meaning of ALL in English

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


You use ~ to indicate that you are referring to the whole of a particular group or thing or to everyone or everything of a particular kind.

...the restaurant that Hugh and ~ his friends go to...

He lost ~ his money at a blackjack table in Las Vegas.

PREDET: PREDET det pl-n/n-uncount

All is also a determiner.

There is built-in storage space in ~ bedrooms...

85 percent of ~ American households owe money on mortgages...

He was passionate about ~ literature.

DET: DET pl-n/n-uncount

All is also a quantifier.

He was told to pack up ~ of his letters and personal belongings...

He was talking to ~ of us.

QUANT: QUANT of def-pl-n/def-n-uncount

All is also a pronoun.

We produce our own hair-care products, ~ based on herbal recipes...

I’d spent ~ I had, every last penny.


All is also an emphasizing pronoun.

Milk, oily fish and egg ~ contain vitamin D...

We ~ admire professionalism and dedication.



You use ~ to refer to the whole of a particular period of time.

George had to cut grass ~ afternoon...

She’s been feeling bad ~ week.

DET: DET sing-n

All is also a predeterminer.

She’s worked ~ her life...

He was looking at me ~ the time.

PREDET: PREDET det sing-n

All is also a quantifier.

He spent ~ of that afternoon polishing the silver...

Two-thirds of the women interviewed think about food a lot or ~ of the time.

QUANT: QUANT of def-n


You use ~ to refer to a situation or to life in general.

All is silent on the island now...

As you’ll have read in our news pages, ~ has not been well of late.



You use ~ to emphasize that something is completely true, or happens everywhere or always, or on every occasion.

He loves animals and he knows ~ about them...

Parts for the aircraft will be made ~ round the world...

I got scared and I ran and left her ~ alone...

He was doing it ~ by himself...

ADV: ADV prep/adv emphasis


You use ~ at the beginning of a clause when you are emphasizing that something is the only thing that is important.

He said ~ that remained was to agree to a time and venue...

All you ever want to do is go shopping!...

All I could say was, ‘I’m sorry’.

PRON emphasis


You use ~ in expressions such as in ~ sincerity and in ~ probability to emphasize that you are being sincere or that something is very likely.

In ~ fairness he had to admit that she was neither dishonest nor lazy...

DET: in DET n-uncount emphasis


You use ~ when you are talking about an equal score in a game. For example, if the score is three ~, both players or teams have three points.

ADV: amount ADV


All is used in structures such as ~ the more or ~ the better to mean even more or even better than before.

The living room is decorated in pale colours that make it ~ the more airy...

ADV: ADV the adv/adj-compar


You use ~ in expressions such as seen it ~ and done it ~ to emphasize that someone has had a lot of experience of something.

...women who have it ~: career, husband and children...

Here’s a man who has seen it ~, tasted and heard it ~.

PRON emphasis


You say above ~ to indicate that the thing you are mentioning is the most important point.

Above ~, chairs should be comfortable...

PHRASE: PHR with cl/group emphasis


You use after ~ when introducing a statement which supports or helps explain something you have just said.

I thought you might know somebody. After ~, you’re the man with connections.

PHRASE: PHR with cl


You use after ~ when you are saying that something that you thought might not be the case is in fact the case.

I came out here on the chance of finding you at home after ~...



You use and ~ when you want to emphasize that what you are talking about includes the thing mentioned, especi~y when this is surprising or unusual.

He dropped his sausage on the pavement and someone’s dog ate it, mustard and ~.

PHRASE: n PHR emphasis


You use ~ in ~ to introduce a summary or general statement.

We both thought that ~ in ~ it might not be a bad idea...

PHRASE: PHR with cl


You use at ~ at the end of a clause to give emphasis in negative statements, conditional clauses, and questions.

Robin never re~y liked him at ~...

PHRASE emphasis


All but a particular person or thing means everyone or everything except that person or thing.

The general was an unattractive man to ~ but his most ardent admirers...



You use ~ but to say that something is almost the case.

The concrete w~ that used to divide this city has now ~ but gone...



You use for ~ to indicate that the thing mentioned does not affect or contradict the truth of what you are saying.

For ~ its faults, the film instantly became a classic.

= despite



You use for ~ in phrases such as for ~ I know, and for ~ he cares, to emphasize that you do not know something or that someone does not care about something.

For ~ we know, he may even not be in this country...

You can go right now for ~ I care.

PHRASE: PHR with cl emphasis


If you give your ~ or put your ~ into something, you make the maximum effort possible.

He puts his ~ into every game.

PHRASE: V inflects


In ~ means in total.

There was evidence that thirteen people in ~ had taken part in planning the murder.

PHRASE: PHR with cl, amount PHR


If something such as an activity is a particular price ~ in, that price includes everything that is offered. (mainly BRIT INFORMAL)

Dinner is about ?25 ~ in.

PHRASE: amount PHR, PHR with cl


You use of ~ to emphasize the words ‘first’ or ‘last’, or a superlative adjective or adverb.

First of ~, answer these questions...

Now she faces her toughest task of ~.

PHRASE: PHR with superl emphasis


You use of ~ in expressions such as of ~ people or of ~ things when you want to emphasize someone or something surprising.

They met and fell in love in a supermarket, of ~ places.

PHRASE: PHR n emphasis


You use ~ in expressions like of ~ the cheek or of ~ the luck to emphasize how angry or surprised you are at what someone else has done or said.

Of ~ the lazy, indifferent, unbusinesslike attitudes to have!

PHRASE feelings


You use ~ of before a number to emphasize how sm~ or large an amount is.

It took him ~ of 41 minutes to score his first goal...

PHRASE: PHR amount emphasis


You use ~ that in statements with negative meaning when you want to weaken the force of what you are saying. (SPOKEN)

He wasn’t ~ that older than we were...

PHRASE: PHR with brd-neg, PHR adj/adv vagueness


You can say that’s ~ at the end of a sentence when you are explaining something and want to emphasize that nothing more happens or is the case.

‘Why do you want to know that?’ he demanded.—‘Just curious, that’s ~.’...



You use ~ very well to suggest that you do not re~y approve of something or you think that it is unreasonable.

It is ~ very well to urge people to give more to charity when they have less, but is it re~y fair?

PHRASE: v-link PHR disapproval

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