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



    BrE BrE//ɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːl//
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  1. 1  completely She was dressed all in white. He lives all alone. The coffee went all over my skirt.
  2. 2(informal) very She was all excited. Now don't get all upset about it.
  3. 3all too… used to show that something is more than you would like I'm all too aware of the problems. The end of the trip came all too soon.
  4. 4(in sports and games) to each side The score was four all.
  5. Word OriginOld English all, eall, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch al and German all.Idioms all the time; from the beginning I realized it was in my pocket all along.
    all around (North American English)
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    all round
    all the better, harder, etc.
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    so much better, harder, etc. We'll have to work all the harder with two people off sick.
    1. 1almost The party was all but over when we arrived. It was all but impossible to read his writing.
    2. 2everything or everyone except something/somebody All but one of the plates were damaged.
    1. 1physically tired synonym exhausted At the end of the race he felt all in.
    2. 2 (British English) including everything The trip cost £750 all in.
    3. see also all-in
    (often ironic) used to emphasize an amount, a size, etc. usually when it is very small It must be all of 100 metres to the car!
    1. 1everywhere We looked all over for the ring.
    2. 2(informal) what you would expect of the person mentioned That sounds like my sister all over.
      all round (British English) (North American English all around)
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    1. 1in every way; in all respects a good performance all round
    2. 2for each person She bought drinks all round.
    (informal) having a healthy mind; thinking clearly He behaves very oddly at times—I don't think he's quite all there.
    be all about somebody/something
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    used to say what the most important aspect of something is It's all about money these days.
    be all for something/for doing something
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    (informal) to believe strongly that something should be done They're all for saving money where they can.
    (informal, often disapproving) to show a lot of affection for or enthusiasm about somebody He was all over her at the party. (US English, informal) to be very attractive or impressive He thinks he's all that.
    be all up (with somebody)
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    (old-fashioned, informal) to be the end for somebody It looks as though it's all up with us now (= we are ruined, have no further chances, etc.).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: all