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Meaning of “already” in the English Dictionary

"already" in British English

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alreadyadverb

uk   /ɔːlˈred.i/  us   /ɑːl-/
A2 before the ​presenttime: I ​asked him to come to the ​exhibition but he'd already ​seen it. The ​concert had already ​begun by the ​time we ​arrived. I've already told him. As I have already ​mentioned, I ​doubt that we will be ​able to ​raise all the ​money we need.B1 earlier than the ​timeexpected: Are you ​buyingChristmascards already? It's only ​September! I've only ​eaten one ​course and I'm already ​full.

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(Definition of already from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"already" in American English

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alreadyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ɔlˈred·i/
earlier than the ​timeexpected, in a ​shorttime, or before the ​presenttime: Are you ​planning a ​summertrip already? It’s only ​September! I’ve already ​seen that ​movie. Already can also ​mean now: It’s ​bad enough already – don’t make it any ​worse.
(Definition of already from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “already”
in Korean 이미, 벌써…
in Arabic مِن قَبل, سَلفاً…
in Malaysian sudah, sebelum waktunya…
in French déjà…
in Russian уже…
in Chinese (Traditional) 已經,早已, 比預期早…
in Italian già…
in Turkish zaten, çok önceden, çoktan…
in Polish już…
in Spanish ya…
in Vietnamese đã…rồi, rồi à……
in Portuguese já…
in Thai ที่เกิดแล้วก่อนหน้านี้, แล้ว…
in German schon…
in Catalan ja…
in Japanese 以前に, これまでに, すでに…
in Chinese (Simplified) 已经,早已, 比预期早…
in Indonesian sudah…
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