Meaning of “at all” in the English Dictionary

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"at all" in British English

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at alladverb

uk /ˌət ˈɔːl/ us /ˌət ˈɑːl/

(used to make negatives and questions stronger) in any way or of any type:

He's had no food at all.
I haven't been at all well recently.
I'm afraid I have nothing at all to say.
Is there any uncertainty at all about the way she died?
Why bother getting up at all when you don't have a job to go to?

More examples

  • There was no food left at all by the time we arrived.
  • You haven't been listening at all, have you?
  • She said if she couldn't have a glass of wine at the party, she'd rather not go at all.
  • No, I don't mind at all - honestly, it doesn't matter.
  • His argument wasn't at all convincing - in fact it was nonsense.

(Definition of “at all” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"at all" in American English

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at alladverb

us /æt̬ˈɔl, ət̬ˈɔl, əˈtɔl/

(used to make negatives and questions stronger) in any way or of any type:

I haven’t been at all well recently.
He’s had no food at all.
I’m not at all worried about it.

(Definition of “at all” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)