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All    : ['ɔl]
All \All\, a. [OE. al, pl. alle, AS. eal, pl. ealle,
Northumbrian alle, akin to D. & OHG. al, Ger. all, Icel.
allr. Dan. al, Sw. all, Goth. alls; and perh. to Ir. and
Gael. uile, W. oll.]
1. The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or
degree of; the whole; the whole number of; any whatever;
every; as, all the wheat; all the land; all the year; all
the strength; all happiness; all abundance; loss of all
power; beyond all doubt; you will see us all (or all of
us).
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Prove all things: hold fast that which is good. --1
Thess. v. 21.
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2. Any. [Obs.] "Without all remedy." --Shak.
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Note: 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.
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Note: 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.
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3. Only; alone; nothing but.
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I was born to speak all mirth and no matter. --Shak.
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{All the whole}, the whole (emphatically). [Obs.] "All the
whole army." --Shak.
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All \All\, adv.
1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as,
all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. "And cheeks
all pale." --Byron.
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Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all
so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense
or becomes intensive.
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2. Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.) [Obs. or
Poet.]
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All as his straying flock he fed. --Spenser.
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A damsel lay deploring
All on a rock reclined. --Gay.
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{All to}, or {All-to}. In such phrases as "all to rent," "all
to break," "all-to frozen," etc., which are of frequent
occurrence in our old authors, the all and the to have
commonly been regarded as forming a compound adverb,
equivalent in meaning to entirely, completely, altogether.
But the sense of entireness lies wholly in the word all
(as it does in "all forlorn," and similar expressions),
and the to properly belongs to the following word, being a
kind of intensive prefix (orig. meaning asunder and
answering to the LG. ter-, HG. zer-). It is frequently to
be met with in old books, used without the all. Thus
Wyclif says, "The vail of the temple was to rent:" and of
Judas, "He was hanged and to-burst the middle:" i. e.,
burst in two, or asunder.

{All along}. See under {Along}.

{All and some}, individually and collectively, one and all.
[Obs.] "Displeased all and some." --Fairfax.

{All but}.
(a) Scarcely; not even. [Obs.] --Shak.
(b) Almost; nearly. "The fine arts were all but
proscribed." --Macaulay.

{All hollow}, entirely, completely; as, to beat any one all
hollow. [Low]

{All one}, the same thing in effect; that is, wholly the same
thing.

{All over}, over the whole extent; thoroughly; wholly; as,
she is her mother all over. [Colloq.]

{All the better}, wholly the better; that is, better by the
whole difference.

{All the same}, nevertheless. "There they [certain phenomena]
remain rooted all the same, whether we recognize them or
not." --J. C. Shairp. "But Rugby is a very nice place all
the same." --T. Arnold. -- See also under {All}, n.
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All \All\, n.
The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing;
everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole;
totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at
stake.
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Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
--Shak.
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All that thou seest is mine. --Gen. xxxi.
43.
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Note: All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a
thing, all of us.
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{After all}, after considering everything to the contrary;
nevertheless.

{All in all}, a phrase which signifies all things to a
person, or everything desired; (also adverbially) wholly;
altogether.
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Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,
Forever. --Milton.
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Trust me not at all, or all in all. --Tennyson.
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{All in the wind} (Naut.), a phrase denoting that the sails
are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake.


{All told}, all counted; in all.

{And all}, and the rest; and everything connected. "Bring our
crown and all." --Shak.

{At all}.
(a) In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] "She is a
shrew at al(l)." --Chaucer.
(b) A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis,
usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and
signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or
to the least extent; in the least; under any
circumstances; as, he has no ambition at all; has he any
property at all? "Nothing at all." --Shak. "If thy father
at all miss me." --1 Sam. xx. 6.

{Over all}, everywhere. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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Note: 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.
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All \All\, conj. [Orig. all, adv., wholly: used with though or
if, which being dropped before the subjunctive left all as if
in the sense although.]
Although; albeit. [Obs.]
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All they were wondrous loth. --Spenser.
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all
adv 1: to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent
(`whole' is often used informally for `wholly'); "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"
[synonym: {wholly}, {entirely}, {completely}, {totally},
{all}, {altogether}, {whole}] [ant: {part}, {partially},
{partly}]
adj 1: 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" [ant: {no(a)},
{some(a)}]
2: completely given to or absorbed by; "became all attention"

149 Moby Thesaurus words for "all":
A to Z, A to izzard, Copernican universe, Einsteinian universe,
Newtonian universe, Ptolemaic universe, acme, across the board,
aggregate, all and some, all and sundry, all being, all creation,
all hands, all in all, all put together, all the world,
all-embracing, all-inclusive, allness, alpha and omega, altogether,
any, apogee, as a body, as a whole, aside, assemblage, at large,
be-all, be-all and end-all, beginning and end, bodily, ceiling,
climax, collectively, complement, complete, comprehensive,
corporately, cosmos, created nature, created universe, creation,
crown, each, each and all, each and every, each one, en bloc,
en masse, end, entire, entirely, entirety, every, every man Jack,
every one, everybody, everyman, everyone, everything,
everything that is, exactly, exhaustive, expanding universe,
extreme, extremity, full, gross, highest degree, holistic,
in a body, in all, in all respects, in bulk, in its entirety,
in the aggregate, in the gross, in the lump, in the mass, in toto,
inclusive, integral, integrated, just, length and breadth, limit,
macrocosm, macrocosmos, maximum, megacosm, metagalaxy, nature,
ne plus ultra, nth degree, omneity, omnibus, on all counts, one,
one and all, one and indivisible, outright, package, package deal,
peak, per, per capita, pinnacle, plenary, plenum,
pulsating universe, purely, quite, set, sidereal universe,
steady-state universe, stick, sum, sum of things, sum total,
summit, system, the corpus, the ensemble, the entirety, the lot,
the whole, the whole range, top, total, totality,
totality of being, totally, tote, tout ensemble, tout le monde,
universal, universe, utmost, utmost extent, utterly, uttermost,
whole, whole wide world, wholly, wide world, world,
world without end



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