Definition of all determiner from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːl//
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  1. 1  (used with plural nouns. The noun may have the, this, that, my, her, his, etc. in front of it, or a number.) the whole number of All horses are animals, but not all animals are horses. Cars were coming from all directions (= every direction). All the people you invited are coming. All my plants have died. All five men are hard workers.
  2. 2  (used with uncountable nouns. The noun may have the, this, that, my, her, his, etc. in front of it.) the whole amount of All wood tends to shrink. You've had all the fun and I've had all the hard work. All this mail must be answered. He has lost all his money.
  3. 3  used with singular nouns showing something has been happening for a whole period of time He's worked hard all year. She was unemployed for all that time.
  4. 4the greatest possible In all honesty (= being as honest as I can), I can't agree.
  5. 5consisting or appearing to consist of one thing only The magazine was all advertisements. She was all smiles (= smiling a lot).
  6. 6any whatever He denied all knowledge of the crime.
  7. Word OriginOld English all, eall, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch al and German all.Idioms
    and all that (jazz, rubbish, stuff, etc.)
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    (informal) and other similar things I'm bored by history—dates and battles and all that stuff.
    1. 1despite For all its clarity of style, the book is not easy reading.
    2. 2used to say that something is not important or of no interest or value to you/somebody For all I know she's still living in Boston. You can do what you like, for all I care. For all the good it's done we might as well not have bothered.
    not all that good, well, etc.
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    not particularly good, well, etc. He doesn't sing all that well.
    not as bad(ly), etc. as all that
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    not as much as has been suggested They're not as rich as all that. We didn't play particularly well, but we didn't do as badly as all that.
    (informal) used to express anger I've locked myself out. Of all the stupid things to do!
    of all people, things, etc.
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    (informal) used to express surprise because somebody/something seems the least likely person, example, etc. I didn't think you, of all people, would become a vegetarian.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: all