Definition of already in English:

already

adverb

  • 1Before or by now or the time in question.

    ‘Anna has suffered a great deal already’
    • ‘We can add these to the displays we already have and hopefully answer a few questions.’
    • ‘Any students who already had been given a place would keep it, regardless of regrades.’
    • ‘Rerina folded the clothes that were already done earlier and set them on the side.’
    • ‘There is a campaign to have his face added to the four already carved into Mount Rushmore.’
    • ‘I was kind of relieved it was all a dream, as I was in enough trouble with the law already.’
    • ‘A careful parent will not ask a question of a child unless the answer is already known.’
    • ‘Workers have been offered a hefty redundancy package as part of a deal already on the table.’
    • ‘It would simply be more vicious treatment on top of what she has already suffered.’
    • ‘As already mentioned, one of the possible throwbacks to the past is our love of swimming.’
    • ‘The only thing going for it was its railway heritage, already fading into the past.’
    • ‘I think you will have already made up your mind about her from previous performances.’
    • ‘What we have done in the past has already proved successful at Rennes and at Lyon.’
    • ‘Overtime is already used and efforts are being made to recruit a more diverse workforce.’
    • ‘That trust was repaid with an offer no different from those which had already been refused.’
    • ‘She had already amassed four dustbins before the recent delivery of her wheeled bin.’
    • ‘There is no point bringing more laws in when we are so soft with the laws we already have.’
    • ‘Lari was asking for an answer to a question that she already knew the answer to.’
    • ‘Many people are paying large sums of money for services which they are already entitled to.’
    • ‘After learning that Susan has already viewed the place they start to ask her questions.’
    • ‘Other deals that are already in the public arena are also picking up steam again.’
    by that time, by this time, by now, by then, thus far, so far, hitherto, before, before now, before then, previously, earlier, earlier on, until now, until then, up to now, up to then
    as early as that, as early as this, as soon as that, as soon as this, so soon, so early, even now, even then
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    1. 1.1 As surprisingly soon or early as this.
      ‘it was already past four o' clock’
      • ‘The midwife told me that my babe had already chosen her name and I will soon know what it is.’
      • ‘We already have early proofs back of the first batch of pages and they look good.’
      • ‘But this is the third time already this year and the insurance is just going to go up and up.’
      • ‘The figures for the previous quarter showed he was already well on his way to achieving it.’
      • ‘My hair is already past my shoulders and my fringe has reached the tip of my nose.’
      • ‘I went out too early for the blossoms to be open, but three or four bees were already at work.’
      • ‘Three clubs have already gone and four more will drop out over the next two season.’
      • ‘One I pegged down earlier in the summer had already rooted, so I potted it up on its own.’
      • ‘The work was almost already done by the time the deal was struck and will go to Beta in three months.’
      • ‘Thus, the majority of graduates face up to the real world already heavily indebted.’
      • ‘After all, it isn't nice for them to have to enter the real world in early life already in debt.’
      • ‘Support for a possible campaign to bring back the district has already gathered pace.’
      • ‘He already had ten points on his licence from three previous matters, the court heard.’
      • ‘The car is still in its early days yet it has already given glimpses of its potential.’
      • ‘He also suffered a broken nose and has already been to hospital twice to have treatment.’
      • ‘The only problem is that Josie is one step ahead of him and has already broken in to remove the evidence.’
      • ‘Her father is Italian and she can already say a number of words in both Italian and English.’
      • ‘Only ten pairs were ever made, and four of those have already been sold this week.’
      • ‘The snow whipped past my already red nose, and I looked around for a place for warmth.’
      • ‘This was only four songs into the set and already this was the most shambolic gig I had ever been to!’
  • 2North American informal Used after a word or phrase to express impatience.

    ‘just stop already, no one feels sorry for you’
    • ‘Nobody wanted to tell him to just go home already.’
    • ‘We'll start with a plea for this year to just finish already.’
    • ‘I thought this was fine; let's just hurry up already.’
    • ‘The guy should just resign already, before he embarrasses his party any more.’
    • ‘She wondered why he would not just give up already.’
    • ‘If you have a point in saying this, just tell me already.’
    • ‘If you like him so much, just tell him already instead of torturing yourself like this.’
    • ‘Just stop already, who cares if they are fake?’
    • ‘The words of the grapevine say that they should just admit it already.’
    • ‘Okay, sure, maybe there's a hint of sour grapes here, but really, please, just stop it already.’
    • ‘He needs to just retire already.’

Phrases

  • enough already

    • informal Used to indicate unwillingness to tolerate any more of something undesirable.

      ‘enough already with making excuses!’
      • ‘Enough already! It was me, I admit it.’
      • ‘Enough already, just stop it.’
      • ‘Enough already—stop emailing me this story!’
      • ‘To mount any more resistance isn't only hurtful, it's absurd. Enough already.’
      • ‘I say enough already! Who has the time for books when there are so many blogs to go through!’

Origin

Middle English: from all (as an adverb) + ready; already (sense 2) is influenced by Yiddish use.

Pronunciation

already

/ɔːlˈrɛdi/