Definition of all adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 completelyShe was dressed all in white.He lives all alone.The coffee spilled all over my skirt.2 (informal) veryShe was all excited.Now don't get all upset about it.3 all too… used to show that something is more than you would likeI'm all too aware of the problems.The end of the trip came all too soon.4 (in sports and games) to each sideThe score was four all.IDIOMS

all along

all the time; from the beginning
I realized it was in my pocket all along.all along

all around

in every way; in all respects
a good performance all aroundall around

all the better, harder, etc.

so much better, harder, etc.
We'll have to work all the harder with two people out sick.all the better, harder, etc.

all but

1 almostThe party was all but over when we arrived.It was all but impossible to read his writing.2 everything or everyone except something or someoneAll but one of the plates were damaged.all but

all of something

(often ironic) used to emphasize an amount, a size, etc. usually when it is very smallIt must be all of 100 feet to the car!all of

all of a sudden

quickly and unexpectedly
All of a sudden someone grabbed me around the neck.all of a sudden

all over

1 everywhereWe looked all over for the ring.2 what you would expect of the person mentionedThat sounds like my sister all over.all over

all there

(informal) having a healthy mind; thinking clearlyHe behaves very oddly at times—I don't think he's all there.all there

be all about someone/something

used to say what the most important aspect of something is
It's all about money these all about

be all for something/for doing something

to believe strongly that something should be done
They're all for saving money where they all for doingbe all for for doing

be all over someone/something

(informal) to show a lot of affection for or enthusiasm about someone or somethingHe was all over her at the all over

be all that

(informal) to be very attractive or impressiveHe thinks he's all all that

be all up (with someone)

(old-fashioned, informal) to be the end for someoneIt looks as though it's all up with us now (= we are ruined, have no further chances, etc.).be all upbe all up with