see also: ALL
  • (RP) IPA: /ɔːl/
  • (America)
    • (GA) IPA: /ɔl/
    • (cot-caught, Northern Cities Vowel Shift) IPA: /ɑl/
  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 originally grass.
    All my friends like classical music.
    • 1638, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy. […], 5th edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed [by Robert Young, Miles Flesher, and Leonard Lichfield and William Turner] for Henry Cripps, OCLC 932915040 ↗, partition II, section 2, member 6, subsection iv, page 298 ↗:
      Beautie alone is a ſoveraigne remedy againſt feare,griefe,and all melancholy fits; a charm,as Peter de la Seine and many other writers affirme,a banquet it ſelfe;he gives inſtance in diſcontented Menelaus that was ſo often freed by Helenas faire face: and hTully, 3 Tusc. cites Epicurus as a chiefe patron of this Tenent.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. In this way all respectable burgesses, down to fifty years ago, spent their evenings.
  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. (= through the whole of the day and the whole of the night.)
    I’ve been working on this all year. (= from the beginning of the year until now.)
  3. Only; alone; nothing but.
    He's all talk; he never puts his ideas into practice.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.
  4. (obsolete) Any.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      without all remedy
Translations Translations Pronoun
  1. Everything.
    Some gave all they had.
    She knows all and sees all.
    Those who think they know it all are annoying to those of us who do.
  2. Everyone.
    A good time was had by all.
    We all enjoyed the movie.
  3. The only thing(s).
    All that was left was a small pile of ash.
  4. (chiefly, Southern US, South Midland US, Midland US, Scotland, Northern Ireland) Used after who, what, where, how and similar words, either without changing their meaning, or indicating that one expects that they cover more than one element, e.g. that "who all attended" is more than one person. (Some dialects only allow this to follow some words and not others.)
    • 1904 October 10, Shea v. Nilima, [US] Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in 1905, Reports Containing the Cases Determined in All the Circuits from the Organization of the Courts, page 266:
      Q. Now, then, when you started to go to stake the claims, who all went along?
      A. I and Johan Peter Johansen, Otto Greiner, and Thorulf Kjelsberg.
    • 1998, [// Football's Best Short Stories] (ed. Paul D. Staudohar), 107:
      "I mean, you could have called us—collect, o'course—jes' to let us know how-all it's a-goin'."
    • 2002, Richard Haddock, Arkalalah, iUniverse (ISBN 9781469746159), page 73:
      "Where all did he go? What exactly was his job?" Gary shrugged and produced a weak laugh. "I reckon the Middle East. Ain't that where all the oil is?"
    • 2011, Moni Mohsin, Tender Hooks, Random House India (ISBN 9788184002119):
      "Do you ever ask me what I want to see? Or ask me about where all I've gone, who all I've met, what all I've done? Never. Not for one second. And why? Because you don't give two hoops about me."
  5. (colloquial, US) Clipping of y’all. Used only as a vocative.

all (not comparable)

  1. (degree) Intensifier.
    It suddenly went all quiet.
    She was all, “Whatever.”
  2. (poetic) Entirely; completely; totally.
  3. Apiece; each.
    The score was 30 all when the rain delay started.
  4. (degree) So much.
    Don't want to go? All the better since I lost the tickets.
  5. (obsolete, poetic) Even; just.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: pro Stück


  1. (with a possessive pronoun) Everything that one is capable of.
    She gave her all, and collapsed at the finish line.
  2. (countable) The totality of one's possessions.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, pp. 37-8:
      she therefore ordered Jenny to pack up her alls and begone, for that she was determined she should not sleep that night within her walls. […] I packed up my little all as well as I could, and went off.
Translations Conjunction
  1. (obsolete) Although.


  1. (Pennsylvania, dialect) All gone; dead.
    The butter is all.
Related terms


  1. (anatomy) Initialism of anterolateral ligament
  2. (disease) Initialism of acute lymphoblastic leukemia
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  • (anatomy) ACL anterior cruciate ligament

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