Definition of already in English:



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

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

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


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