Meaning of ALL in English


Pronunciation: ' o ̇ l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English all, al, from Old English eall; akin to Old High German all all

Date: before 12th century

1 a : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of <needed all the courage they had> <sat up all night> b : as much as possible <spoke in all seriousness>

2 : every member or individual component of < all men will go> < all five children were present>

3 : the whole number or sum of < all the angles of a triangle are equal to two right angles>

4 : EVERY < all manner of hardship>

5 : any whatever <beyond all doubt>

6 : nothing but : ONLY : a : completely taken up with, given to, or absorbed by <became all attention> b : having or seeming to have (some physical feature) in conspicuous excess or prominence < all legs> c : paying full attention with < all ears>

7 dialect : used up : entirely consumed ― used especially of food and drink

8 : being more than one person or thing <who all is coming>

synonyms see WHOLE

– all the : as much of ⋯ as : as much of a ⋯ as < all the home I ever had>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.