already
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɔːlˈɹɛdi/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɔlˈɹɛdi/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ɑlˈɹɛdi/
Adverb

already (not comparable)

  1. Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book VI, canto IX:
      Tho, when-as all things ready were aright, / The Damzel was before the Altar ſet, / Being already dead with fearful fright.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
      slipping then my cloaths off, I crept under the bed-cloaths, where I found the young stripling already nestled, and the touch of his warm flesh rather pleas'd than alarm'd me.
    • It was already dusk, and the lamps were just being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, waiting for the coming of its occupant.
  2. So soon.
    Are you quitting already?
Translations Translations Translations Adverb

already (not comparable)

  1. (US) An intensifier used to emphasize impatience or express exasperation.
    I wish they'd finish already, so we can get going.
    Enough already!
    Be quiet already!



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