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"all" in British English

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alldeterminer, 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 has 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 I'm saying informal
used when you make a comment or criticism, so that it seems less severe or is less likely to offend someone: All I'm saying is I think the end part could have been a little shorter. We should do our best, that's all I'm saying.
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.

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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 pounds and I feel all the fitter for it.

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uk   /ɔːl-/ us   /ɑːl-/
(Definition of all from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"all" in American English

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us   /ɔl/
  • all adjective (EVERY ONE)

every one of, or the complete number of: All four of her children are under six. Not all my friends approved of what I did. All but the weakest plants survived the hot weather.
  • all adjective (COMPLETELY)

[not gradable] the whole: I’ve been trying all day to contact you.

alladverb [not gradable]

us   /ɔl/
completely: This coat is all wool. Is the milk all gone? Did you drink it all? Don’t get all upset.
All is also used after a number to mean that both teams or players in a game have equal points: The score at halftime was 10 all.
all over
everywhere in a place or area: Soon the news was all over town. There were these tiny little blue flowers growing all over.


us   /ɔl/
  • all pronoun (EVERY ONE)

every one: All of her children have graduated from high school.
  • all pronoun (ONE THING)

the one thing: Speed is all that matters. All I need is a hot shower.
(Definition of all from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"all" in Business English

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uk   /ɔːl/ us  
be all go UK
if a situation or place is all go, it is extremely busy: It was all go in the office today.
go all out
to put all your energy or enthusiasm into what you are doing: Investors going all out for growth with some risk might be interested in this new unit trust.
(Definition of all from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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