Meaning of “overall” in the English Dictionary

"overall" in British English

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overalladverb [ before noun ], adjective

uk /ˌəʊ.vəˈrɔːl/ us /ˌoʊ.vɚˈɑːl/

B2 in general rather than in particular, or including all the people or things in a particular group or situation:

The overall situation is good, despite a few minor problems.
Overall, it has been a good year.
The overall winner, after ten games, will receive $250,000.

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  • The company cited a 12% decline in new orders as evidence that overall demand for its products was falling.
  • The age of the patients and their overall health must be factored into the results.
  • His performance should be judged on the overall result, and not on whether he achieves every jot and tittle of his original plan.
  • You must keep things in perspective - the overall situation isn't really that bad.
  • The report focuses on the particular rather than the general and so doesn't draw any overall conclusions.

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

"overall" in American English

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overalladjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈoʊ·vərˈɔl/

in general rather than in particular, or including all the people or things in a particular group or situation:

The overall situation is good.
The second act was a little long, but overall it was a good performance.

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

"overall" in Business English

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overalladjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈəʊvərɔːl/ us

in general rather than in particular, or including all the people or things in a particular group or situation:

The overall situation is good, despite a few minor problems.
A growth-oriented strategy typically concentrates on stocks that the manager believes will grow faster than the overall market.
Managers were focusing on particular measures to the detriment of overall performance.
overall
adverb

Vehicle exports rose 36 percent overall.
A majority approve overall of the job she is doing as CEO.

(Definition of “overall” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)