Definition of each in English:


determiner & pronoun

  • Used to refer to every one of two or more people or things, regarded and identified separately.

    as determiner ‘each battery is in a separate compartment’
    ‘each one of us was asked what went on’
    as pronoun ‘Derek had money from each of his five uncles’
    ‘they each have their own personality’
    • ‘At last we came upon a set of double doors that had a rectangular window on each of them.’
    • ‘He eyed each one carefully and wondered if any could guess what he was about to say.’
    • ‘Fawcett's team won the last three ends but managed only a single shot on each of them.’
    • ‘When the buns have risen, use the back of a knife to make a cross indentation on the top of each one.’
    • ‘The activities or thoughts that bring on a state of flow are different for each of us.’
    • ‘Place the pears in the bowl of water and lemon juice while you are preparing each one in turn.’
    • ‘The names went on and with each one some lucky man let out a yelp and snatched his letter up.’
    • ‘All of them have been so varied and each one is always totally different form the last.’
    • ‘It is so heavy that it can only be pulled at a walk by eight horses, each of which has to give full effort.’
    • ‘Rub each of the boned chicken legs all over with a little olive oil and the thyme leaves.’
    • ‘He has a growing collection of plastic dinosaurs and he can pretty much name each one.’
    • ‘Klara had made each of us a pair of mittens to wear in the back room when it was cold.’
    • ‘Since then she has read each of the first three books three times and the fourth one twice.’
    • ‘Responses to each of the items on the scale are given a score of between zero and three.’
    • ‘Place two small frying pans on a gentle heat and pour a little olive oil in each one.’
    • ‘Each card is from a red suit but we do not know this: each of us sees only the suit of his own card.’
    • ‘Staff manned a picket line on each of the three gates at the approaches to the factory.’
    • ‘Every week there is a new rail scare and each one ebbs away at my confidence in the rail system.’
    • ‘So if two people are to be given a slice of cake, each of them ought to get a piece the same size.’
    • ‘There will be three sessions on each of the first two days and then two sessions each day.’
    every one, each one, each and every one, one and all, all, the whole lot
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  • To, for, or by every one of a group (used after a noun or an amount)

    ‘the cameras cost £35 each’
    ‘Paul and Bill have a glass each’
    • ‘I divided the specimens into three groups of about twenty each and handed out the first group after my talk.’
    • ‘Cinema-goers paid 20p each to become the inaugural customers at the 10-screen multiplex.’
    • ‘The glasses only cost $0.85 each, but the minimum order is for 25 pairs.’
    • ‘Four seminars were held in July, one each for trustees, presidents, deans, and school heads.’
    • ‘German women are having less than 1.4 children each - only two thirds the level needed to maintain zero population growth.’
    • ‘When we got married I think we maybe had 10 books each, including novels by Sir Walter Scott.’
    apiece, per person, per capita, to each, for each, from each, individually, respectively
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  • each and every

    • Every single (used for emphasis)

      ‘taking each and every opportunity’
      ‘I look forward to seeing each and every one of you’
      • ‘It is, however, a problem that each and every country has to tackle in a structural way.’
      • ‘Thank you to each and every one of you who left a nice comment or sent me an email.’
      • ‘Great credit goes to each and every one of the players and their management team.’
      • ‘The regular cash that came in, each and every month, enabled people to feed themselves and to pay the bills.’
      • ‘Nonetheless my thoughts and best wishes are with each and every athlete who will wear the British colours.’
      • ‘We should enjoy each and every of these small things in our lives to the fullest.’
      • ‘It is a rare opportunity for each and every individual member to say what he or she thinks.’
      • ‘They will need to know what their medical expenses are at each and every point during the year.’
      • ‘With a complete script, each and every frame of the film is very clear in my mind.’
      • ‘The certainty that each and every plan will be thwarted deflates any suspense the film may try to generate.’
      every, each and every, every single
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Old English ǣlc; related to Dutch elk and German jeglich, based on a West Germanic phrase meaning ‘ever alike’ (see aye, alike).