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all adj
1 quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class; "we sat up all night"; "ate all the food"; "all men are mortal"; "all parties are welcome" [syn: all(a)] [ant: some(a), no(a)]
2 completely given to or absorbed by; "became all attention" adv : to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly'); "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea" [syn: wholly, entirely, completely, totally, altogether, whole] [ant: partially]

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  • a UK /ɔːl/, /O:l/
  • a US /ɔl/, /Ol/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔːl




  1. Every individual or anything of the given class, with no exceptions (the noun or noun phrase denoting the class must be plural or uncountable).
    All contestants must register at the scorer’s table.
    All flesh is grass.
    All my friends like classical music.
  2. Throughout the whole of (a stated period of time; generally used with units of a day or longer).
    The store is open all day and all night. (= The store is open throughout the whole of the day and the whole of the night.)
    I’ve been working on this all year. (= I've been working from the beginning of the year until now.)
  3. Everyone.
    All gave some of what they had.
  4. Everything.
    Some gave all they had.
  5. Completely.
    You’ve got it all wrong.


every individual of the given class
throughout the whole of (a stated period of time)
Translations to be checked


  1. In the context of "with a possessive pronoun": Everything possible.
    She gave her all, and collapsed at the finish line.
  2. The totality of one's possessions


everything possible

Derived terms


  1. other





  1. garlic



From the same Uralic root *ala as Finnish ala- and Hungarian alatt.


  1. under





  1. all
  2. every


  1. Only used in the combination all das (=all that).




  1. all
    Drack du upp all mjölken? = Did you drink all the milk?

Related terms

Usage notes

All (with inflections) is used about mass nouns. The corresponding for nouns with ordinary plural is alla.
A masculine-looking form (alle) is virtually only retained in the fixed expressions alle man and allesamman.

Extensive Definition

For the hand tools of similar pronunciation, see awl.
All can refer to:
ALL stands for:
In music:
  • All, a California, United States punk rock band
    • All (1999), the eponymous greatest hits album from ALL
  • All (1987), an album by The Descendents
  • All, an album by the Japanese band AAA
  • "All", the United Kingdom entry in the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest
  • All is the stage name of Jim Berger.
all in German: All
all in Esperanto: ALL
all in French: ALL
all in Italian: ALL
all in Dutch: ALL
all in Japanese: ALL
all in Polish: ALL

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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