Definition of All

a.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).
Prove all things: hold fast that which is good.
- 1 Thess. v. 21.
3.Only; alone; nothing but.
I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.
- Shak.
All the whole
the whole (emphatically).
- Shak.
adv.1.Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement.
2.Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.
All as his straying flock he fed.
- Spenser.
A damsel lay deploring
All on a rock reclined.
- Gay.
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.
All but
a - Scarcely; not even.
- Fairfax.
b - Almost; nearly.
- Shak.
All hollow
entirely, completely; as, to beat any one all hollow.
- Macaulay.
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.
All the better
wholly the better; that is, better by the whole difference.
All the same
- J. C. Shairp.
n.1.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.
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
- Shak.
All that thou seest is mine.
- Gen. xxxi. 43.
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.
Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,
- Milton.
Trust me not at all, or all in all.
- Tennyson.
conj.1.Although; albeit.
All they were wondrous loth.
- Spenser.

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