Meaning of ALREADY in English


(ˈ)ȯ(l)|redē, -di adverb

Etymology: Middle English al redy, from al redy, adjective, wholly ready, prepared, from al all + redy ready — more at all , ready

1. : prior to some specified or implied past, present, or future time : by this time : previously — usually used to refer to time that is past with respect to the verb modified

if you stop to think, you'll find you already know the answer

or to a condition that has been reached prior to the time of observation

an already noticeable decrease


a. : so soon : so early

is it time to go home already ?

b. : now

give me my money already

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