All Define All at

the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration):

all the cake; all the way; all year.

the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively):

the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree):

with all due respect; with all speed.

dominated by or as if by the conspicuous possession or use of a particular feature:

The colt was all legs. They were all ears, listening attentively to everything she said.

He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.

Is that all you want to say? All is lost.

ones whole interest, energy, or property:

to give ones all; to lose ones all.

He spent his income all on pleasure.

Above all, the little girl wanted a piano.

in spite of the circumstances; notwithstanding:

We were all in at the end of the day.

All in all, her health is greatly improved.

There were twelve absentees all in all.

everything; everything regarded as important:

(of the copy for typesetting a particular article, book, issue, etc.) in the possession of the compositor.

with all available means or effort:

in such a way and so suddenly that sails or engines are still set to propel a vessel forward:

remarkably; entirely; decidedly (used in negative constructions):

Its not all that different from your other house.

more advantageous; so much the better:

If the sun shines it will be all the better for our trip.

mentally competent; not insane or feeble-minded:

Some of his farfetched ideas made us suspect that he wasnt all there.

Its all up with Georgetheyve caught him.

together with every other associated or connected attribute, object, or circumstance:

What with the snow and all, we may be a little late.

The case was settled once and for all when the appeal was denied.

awl(see usage note at the current entry)

This is all the farther the bus goes. Thats all the higher she can jump.

This is as far as the bus goes. Thats as high as she can jump.

Although some object to the inclusion of

and prefer to omit it, the construction is entirely standard.

See alsoalready,alright,altogether.

a combining form meaning other, used in the formation of compound words (

) and in chemistry to denote the more stable of two geometric isomers.

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British Dictionary definitions forall

the whole quantity or amount of; totality of; every one of a class

as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural

in combination with a noun used as a modifier

over the whole area (of something); everywhere (in, on, etc)

typically; representatively (in the phrase

the object of ones attention or interest

foll by a comparative adjective or adverb

so much (more or less) than otherwise

and you can take that smile off your face and all

a parenthetical filler phrase used at the end of a statement to make a sl ight pause in speaking

and similar or associated things; et cetera

coffee, tea, and all that will be served in the garden

used as a filler or to make what precedes more vague: in this sense, it often occurs with concessive force

she was sweet and pretty and all that, but I still didnt like her

shes not as pretty as all that, but she has personality

(used with a negative or in a question)

in any way whatsoever or to any extent or degree

to be exceptionally good, talented, or attractive

for all anyone knows, he was a baron

for all my pushing, I still couldnt move it

the score at half time was three all

used for emphasis when introducing direct speech or nonverbal communication

indicating difference, variation, or opposition

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Old Englisheallall, every, entire, from Proto-Germanic*alnaz(cf. Old Frisian, Old High Germanal, Old Norseallr, Gothicalls), with no certain connection outside Germanic.

Combinations withallmeaning wholly, without limit were common in Old English (e.g.eall-haligall-holy,eall-mihtigall-mighty) and the method continued to form new compound words throughout the history of English. First record ofall outto ones full powers is 1880.All-terrain vehiclefirst recorded 1968.All clearas a signal of no danger is recorded from 1902.All right, indicative of approval, is attested from 1953.

word-forming element meaning other, from Greekallo-, comb. form ofallosother, different (seealias(adv.)).

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In addition to the idioms beginning withall

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all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others