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adverb     /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.Complete and wholeVery and extreme 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.Both, all, each and every all but C2 almost: The game was all but over by the time we arrived. I'd all but given up on you.AlmostMerely and barely all round UK (US all around) in every way: It was a ghastly business all round. It's been a good day all around.Both, all, each and every 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.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions Grammar:AllSee moreGrammar:All as a determinerAll means ‘every one’, ‘the complete number or amount’ or ‘the whole’. We use it most often as a determiner. We can use a countable noun or an uncountable noun after it:See moreGrammar:All with no articleWhen all refers to a whole class of people or things, we don’t use the:See moreGrammar:All ofWe use all of before personal pronouns (us, them), demonstrative pronouns (this, that, these, those) and relative pronouns (whom, which). The personal pronoun is in the object form:See moreGrammar:All without ofWe use all, not all of, before indefinite plural nouns referring to a whole class of people or things:See moreGrammar:All with personal pronounsWhen all refers to a personal pronoun which is the object in a clause, we can use pronoun + all or all of + pronoun. The pronoun is in the object form:See moreGrammar:All as a pronounWe can use all alone as a pronoun in formal situations:See moreGrammar:All as an adverbWhen all refers to the subject of a clause, it usually comes in the normal mid position for adverbs (between the subject and the main verb, or after the modal verb or first auxiliary verb, or after be as a main verb):See moreGrammar:All meaning ‘completely’ or ‘extremely’We can also use all as an adverb meaning ‘completely’ or ‘extremely’, especially in informal styles:See moreGrammar:All: not allWe can make all negative by using not in front of it:See moreGrammar:All: after allWe use after all in two main ways. We use it to mean ‘in spite of what happened before’. With this meaning it usually occurs in end position:See moreGrammar:All or every?All and every are determiners.See moreGrammar:All and every + nounsThe meaning of all and every is very similar but we use them in different ways. We use all with plural and uncountable nouns and every with singular nouns:See moreGrammar:All (of) theWe can use all and all of before articles (the, a/an), demonstratives (this, that) and possessives (our, his) but we can’t use every before them:See moreGrammar:All day, every dayWe use all day, all week, all month to mean ‘one entire day/week/month’:See moreGrammar:All or every: typical errorsSee moreGrammar:All or whole?All and whole are determiners.See moreGrammar:All or whole for single entitiesWe use the whole or the whole of to refer to complete single things and events that are countable and defined:See moreGrammar:All the with uncountable nounsWe use all the and not the whole with uncountable nouns:See moreGrammar:All and whole with plural nounsWe usually use all the and all of the with plural nouns:See moreGrammar:All and whole: typical errorsSee more
(Definition of all adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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