all Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective 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
adjective satellite completely given to or absorbed by
- became all attention
adverb to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
whole; wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; totally.
- 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
The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or degree of; the whole; the whole number of; any whatever; every; as, allthe wheat; allthe land; allthe year; allthe strength; allhappiness; allabundance; loss of allpower; beyond alldoubt; you will see us all(or all of us).
Prove all things: hold fast that which is good. 1 Thess. v. 21.
Any.Obs. "Without all remedy." Shak. ✍ When the definite article "the," or a possessive or a demonstrative pronoun, is joined to the noun that all qualifies, all precedes the article or the pronoun; as, all the cattle; all my labor; all his wealth; all our families; all your citizens; all their property; all other joys. This word, not only in popular language, but in the Scriptures, often signifies, indefinitely, a large portion or number, or a great part. Thus, all the cattle in Egypt died, all Judea and all the region round about Jordan, all men held John as a prophet, are not to be understood in a literal sense, but as including a large part, or very great numbers.
Only; alone; nothing but.
I was born to speak all mirth and no matter. Shak.Shak.
Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very;"And cheeks all pale." Byron. as, allbedewed; my friend is allfor amusement. ✍ In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense or becomes intensive.
Even; just.(Often a mere intensive adjunct.) Obs. or Poet.
All as his straying flock he fed. Spenser.
A damsel lay deploring All on a rock reclined. Gay.
The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing; everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole; totality; everything or every person; as, our. allis at stake
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all. Shak.
All that thou seest is mine. Gen. xxxi. 43.
All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a thing, all of us. ✍ All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning, or add force to a word. In some instances, it is completely incorporated into words, and its final consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always: but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen, as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant, all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as, allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout, alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are now written separately.
All they were wondrous loth. Spenser.