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/ R:l; Rl/ indef det 1 (used with plural ns; the n may be preceded by the, this/that/these/those, my, his, her, etc or a cardinal number , the, this[that/these/those]my, his, her, ) the whole number of ; ; ; ; : All horses are animals, but not all animals are horses. , . * All the people you invited are coming. . * All my plants have died. . * All five men are hard workers. . 2 (used with uncountable ns; the n may be preceded by the, this/that or my, his, her, etc , the, this[that] my, his, her) the whole amount of ; ; ; : All wood tends to shrink. . * You've had all the fun and I've had all the hard work. , . * All this mail must be answered. . 3 (used with singular ns denoting a period of time ) (for) the whole duration of ; ; : He's worked hard all year/month/week/day, ie throughout the year, etc. [//]. * She was abroad all last summer. . * We were unemployed (for) all that time. . * He has lived all his life in London. . =>Usage . 4 the greatest possible : with all speed/haste/dispatch [/] * in all honesty/frankness/sincerity, ie speaking with the greatest honesty, etc [/]. 5 any whatever ; : Beyond all doubt (ie There can't be any doubt that) changes are coming. , . * He denied all knowledge of the crime. . 6 (idm ) and all `that (jazz, rubbish, etc) (infml ) and other similar things : I'm bored by history dates and battles and all that stuff. --, . for all => for1. not all that good, well, etc not particularly good, well, etc , : He doesn't sing all that well. . not as bad(ly), etc as all `that not to the extent implied ; : They're not as rich as all that. .
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NOTE ON USAGE : All and half can be used with countable and uncountable nouns. *allhalf. Both is used only with plural countable nouns and refers to two in number. *both, . 1 All three can come before a noun, often with a determiner (eg the, this, my). , the, this, my. Half must be followed by a determiner *half, : He's been here all (the) week. . * Half this money is yours. . * Both (our) cars are Fords. . * Both (the/his) parents are teachers. . 2 All and both can come after a noun or pronoun *allboth: The spectators all booed the teams. . * His parents are both teachers. . * We all/both arrived late. []. 3 All, both and half are used with of followed by a noun or a pronoun *all, bothhalfof, : All/Half (of) the milk had been drunk. []. * Both (of) his brothers are lawyers. . * All/Both/Half of us wanted to leave early. [/].
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/ R:l; Rl/ indef pron 1 the whole number or amount ; ; ; . (a) ~ (of sb/sth) (referring back ): We had several bottles of beer left all (of them) have disappeared. --. * I invited my five sisters but not all (of them) can come. , . * Some of the food has been eaten, but not all (of it). , . (b) ~ of sb/sth (referring forward ): All of the mourners were dressed in black/They were all dressed in black. []. * All of the toys were broken/They were all broken. []. * Take all of the wine/Take it all. []. * All of this is yours/This is all yours. []. 2 (followed by a relative clause, often without that , that) the only thing; everything ; ; : All I want is peace and quiet. . * He took all there was/all that I had. []. 3 (idm ) all in `all when everything is considered ; : All in all it had been a great success. , . all or `nothing (of a course of action) requiring all one's efforts : It's all or nothing if we don't score now we've lost the match. --, . and `all also; included; in addition ; ; : The wind blew everything off the table, tablecloth and all. . (not) at all in any way; to any extent ; : I didn't enjoy it at all. . * There was nothing at all to eat. . * Are you at all worried about the forecast? ? in all altogether; as a total ; : There were twelve of us in all for dinner. . * That's 5.40 in all. 5.40. ,not at `all (used as a polite reply to an expression of thanks ). one's `all everything one has; life ; : They gave their all (ie fought and died) in the war. .
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/ R:l; Rl/ indef adv 1 completely ; : She was dressed all in white, ie All the clothes she was wearing were white. . * She lives all alone/all by herself. []. * The coffee went all over my trousers. . 2 (infml ) very ; : She was all excited. . * Now don't get all upset about it. . 3 (used with too and adjs or advs too) more than is desirable : The end of the holiday came all too soon. . 4 (in sports and games) to each side : The score was four all. . 5 (idm ) all a`long (infml ) all the time; from the beginning ; ; : I realized I had had it in my pocket all along. . all but almost ; : The party was all but over when we arrived. , . * It was all but impossible to climb back into the boat. . all `in physically tired; exhausted ; : At the end of the race he felt all in. . all of sth (of size, height, distance, etc) probably more than; fully , , ; : It was all of two miles to the beach. . all `one forming a complete unit ; : We don't have a separate dining-room the living area is all one. --. all over (a) everywhere ; : We looked all over for the ring. . * I'm aching all over after the match. . (b) what one would expect of the person specified : That sounds like my sister all over. . all `right (also infml al`right) (?Ba) as desired; satisfactor(il)y ; : Is the coffee all right? ? * Are you getting along all right in your new job? ? (b) safe and well : I hope the children are all right. . (c) only just good enough : This homework is all right but you could do better. , . (d) (expressing agreement to do what sb has asked ): `Will you post this for me?' `Yes, all right. ‘?’‘.’ (e) (expressing absolute certainty ): That's the man I saw in the car all right. , . all the better, harder, etc so much better, harder, etc , : We'll have to work all the harder with two members of staff away ill. , . ,all `there (infml ) completely sane; mentally alert ; : He behaves very oddly at times I don't think he's quite all there. --. be all about sb/sth have sb/sth as its subject matter or main point of interest []: The news is all about the latest summit meeting. . be all for sth/doing sth believe strongly that sth is desirable : She's all for more nursery schools being built. . be all `one to sb (of two or more choices) be a matter of indifference to sb : It's all one to me whether we eat now or later. . be all over ... become known by everyone in (a place) : News of the holiday was all over the school within minutes. . be all `over sb (infml ) show excessive affection for or enthusiasm about sb when in his company ; : You can see he's infatuated by her he was all over her at the party. --. be all up (with sb) (infml ) be the end (for sb) : It looks as though it's all up with us now, ie we're ruined, have no further chances, etc. , .
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/ R:l; Rl/ indef adv 1 completely ; : She was dressed all in white, ie All the clothes she was wearing were white. . * She lives all alone/all by herself. []. * The coffee went all over my trousers. . 2 (infml ) very ; : She was all excited. . * Now don't get all upset about it. . 3 (used with too and adjs or advs too) more than is desirable : The end of the holiday came all too soon. . 4 (in sports and games) to each side : The score was four all. . 5 (idm ) all a`long (infml ) all the time; from the beginning ; ; : I realized I had had it in my pocket all along. . all but almost ; : The party was all but over when we arrived. , . * It was all but impossible to climb back into the boat. . all `in physically tired; exhausted ; : At the end of the race he felt all in. . all of sth (of size, height, distance, etc) probably more than; fully , , ; : It was all of two miles to the beach. . all `one forming a complete unit ; : We don't have a separate dining-room the living area is all one. --. all over (a) everywhere ; : We looked all over for the ring. . * I'm aching all over after the match. . (b) what one would expect of the person specified : That sounds like my sister all over. . all `right (also infml al`right) (?Ba) as desired; satisfactor(il)y ; : Is the coffee all right? ? * Are you getting along all right in your new job? ? (b) safe and well : I hope the children are all right. . (c) only just good enough : This homework is all right but you could do better. , . (d) (expressing agreement to do what sb has asked ): `Will you post this for me?' `Yes, all right. ‘?’‘.’ (e) (expressing absolute certainty ): That's the man I saw in the car all right. , . all the better, harder, etc so much better, harder, etc , : We'll have to work all the harder with two members of staff away ill. , . ,all `there (infml ) completely sane; mentally alert ; : He behaves very oddly at times I don't think he's quite all there. --. be all about sb/sth have sb/sth as its subject matter or main point of interest []: The news is all about the latest summit meeting. . be all for sth/doing sth believe strongly that sth is desirable : She's all for more nursery schools being built. . be all `one to sb (of two or more choices) be a matter of indifference to sb : It's all one to me whether we eat now or later. . be all over ... become known by everyone in (a place) : News of the holiday was all over the school within minutes. . be all `over sb (infml ) show excessive affection for or enthusiasm about sb when in his company ; : You can see he's infatuated by her he was all over her at the party. --. be all up (with sb) (infml ) be the end (for sb) : It looks as though it's all up with us now, ie we're ruined, have no further chances, etc. , .
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/ R:l; Rl/ indef pron 1 the whole number or amount ; ; ; . (a) ~ (of sb/sth) (referring back ): We had several bottles of beer left all (of them) have disappeared. --. * I invited my five sisters but not all (of them) can come. , . * Some of the food has been eaten, but not all (of it). , . (b) ~ of sb/sth (referring forward ): All of the mourners were dressed in black/They were all dressed in black. []. * All of the toys were broken/They were all broken. []. * Take all of the wine/Take it all. []. * All of this is yours/This is all yours. []. 2 (followed by a relative clause, often without that , that) the only thing; everything ; ; : All I want is peace and quiet. . * He took all there was/all that I had. []. 3 (idm ) all in `all when everything is considered ; : All in all it had been a great success. , . all or `nothing (of a course of action) requiring all one's efforts : It's all or nothing if we don't score now we've lost the match. --, . and `all also; included; in addition ; ; : The wind blew everything off the table, tablecloth and all. . (not) at all in any way; to any extent ; : I didn't enjoy it at all. . * There was nothing at all to eat. . * Are you at all worried about the forecast? ? in all altogether; as a total ; : There were twelve of us in all for dinner. . * That's 5.40 in all. 5.40. ,not at `all (used as a polite reply to an expression of thanks ). one's `all everything one has; life ; : They gave their all (ie fought and died) in the war. .
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NOTE ON USAGE : All and half can be used with countable and uncountable nouns. *allhalf. Both is used only with plural countable nouns and refers to two in number. *both, . 1 All three can come before a noun, often with a determiner (eg the, this, my). , the, this, my. Half must be followed by a determiner *half, : He's been here all (the) week. . * Half this money is yours. . * Both (our) cars are Fords. . * Both (the/his) parents are teachers. . 2 All and both can come after a noun or pronoun *allboth: The spectators all booed the teams. . * His parents are both teachers. . * We all/both arrived late. []. 3 All, both and half are used with of followed by a noun or a pronoun *all, bothhalfof, : All/Half (of) the milk had been drunk. []. * Both (of) his brothers are lawyers. . * All/Both/Half of us wanted to leave early. [/].
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