Meaning of ALREADY in English



Pronunciation: o ̇ l- ' re-d ē , ' o ̇ l- ˌ

Function: adverb

Etymology: Middle English al redy, from al redy, adjective, wholly ready, from al all + redy ready

Date: 14th century

1 : prior to a specified or implied past, present, or future time : by this time : PREVIOUSLY <he had already left when I called>

2 ― used as an intensive <all right already > <enough already >

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