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English definition of “all”


determiner, predeterminer, pronoun uk   /ɔːl/ us    /ɑːl/
A1 every one (of), or the complete amount or number (of), or the whole (of): All animals have to eat in order to live. She's got four children, all under the age of five. The cast all lined up on stage to take their bow. Have you drunk all (of) the milk? Have you drunk it all? All the eggs got broken. Now the money's all mine! All my friends agree. I've been trying all day/week to contact you. She had £2,000 under the bed and the thieves took it all. I had to use all my powers of persuasion to get her to agree. Remember all that trouble we had with the police last year? So long as he's happy - that's all that matters (= the most important thing). All (= the only thing) I need is a roof over my head and a decent meal. The judge cleared the court of all but (= everyone except) herself and the witness. Why do you get so angry with me all the time (= very often)? It's very kind of you to come all the way to meet me. all in all considering all the different parts of the situation together: All in all, I think you've done very well. all the... you have the only and small amount or number of something you have: Her parents died when she was a baby, so I was all the family she ever had.


adverb uk   /ɔːl/ us    /ɑːl/
A2 completely: The cake was all eaten last night. The downstairs rooms were painted all in greens and blues. The baby got food all over her dress. Don't let her get you all upset. She's been all over town looking for you. I've been hearing all about your weekend! We had a difficult time but it's all over now. The princess lived all alone/by herself in the middle of the forest. B1 used after a number to mean that both teams or players in a game have equal points: The score at half-time was still four all. all but C2 almost: The game was all but over by the time we arrived. I'd all but given up on you. all round UK (US all around) in every way: It was a ghastly business all round. It's been a good day all around. all the better, stronger, more exciting, etc. C2 even or much better, stronger, more exciting, etc.: She felt all the better for the drink. I've lost ten kilos and I feel all the fitter for it.
(Definition of all determiner, predeterminer, pronoun, adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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