already Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb prior to a specified or implied time
    • she has already graduated


Al*read"y adverb
All (OE. al) + ready.
  1. Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously. "Joseph was in Egypt already." Exod. i. 5.
    I say unto you, that Elias is come already. Matt. xvii. 12.
    ✍ It has reference to past time, but may be used for a future past; as, when you shall arrive, the business will be already completed, or will have been already completed.

Webster 1913