see also: Every
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈɛv.(ə.)ɹi/
  1. All of a countable group (considered individually), without exception.
    Every person in the room stood and cheered.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] 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.
  2. Denotes equal spacing at a stated interval, or a proportion corresponding to such a spacing.
    We stopped for refreshments every ten miles.
    The alarm is going off every few minutes.
    Every third bead was red, and the rest were blue. The sequence was thus red, blue, blue, red, blue, blue etc.
    Decimation originally meant the execution of every tenth soldier in a unit; that is, ten per cent of soldiers were killed.
  3. (with certain nouns) Denotes an abundance of something.
    We wish you every happiness in the future.
    I have every confidence in him.
    There is every reason why we should not go.
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