Definition of every in English:



  • 1Used before a singular noun to refer to all the individual members of a set without exception.

    ‘the hotel assures every guest of personal attention’
    [with possessive determiner] ‘the children hung on his every word’
    • ‘He had no issue with that at all and that made it easier for every member of the family.’
    • ‘It would appear that people are believing every twisted word printed in the media.’
    • ‘It is not possible to buy every fund though a discount broker or fund supermarket.’
    • ‘He has to know the rules of every game and make sure staff are following the correct procedures.’
    • ‘For us it was just a great race and I enjoyed every minute because I could push the car all the way.’
    • ‘The physical effort of having to be at the theatre every night became too much to handle.’
    • ‘After a decade the group still have a few original members and gain new members every year.’
    • ‘We all agree that every society and every individual has the right to self defence.’
    • ‘The key is to throw the net as widely as possible and organise in every locality.’
    • ‘You can spend every minute glued to the news on the internet but it doesn't update.’
    • ‘I want every member who wants to speak to be able to have his or her say, and to be heard.’
    • ‘She is loving every minute of being back on court and she cannot get enough of the buzz of being at a grand slam.’
    • ‘Ken sat in the middle of the dance floor on a chair as his father and every guest had a snip.’
    • ‘It is our task to ensure that every trade union member and every local union branch signs up as well.’
    • ‘Jamie has a great post that I was going to excerpt, but every word is on the money.’
    • ‘Ideally everybody would read every word of every page as you might read a Trollope novel.’
    • ‘It is also as intelligently written as it is expertly performed by every member of the cast.’
    • ‘There is rarely a brand that offers exactly what every individual buyer is looking for.’
    • ‘For every member of the burn team, rehabilitation must start from the time of injury.’
    • ‘Win or lose, it will be a great experience and I intend to make the most of every minute.’
    each, each and every, every single
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    1. 1.1Used before an amount to indicate how often something happens.
      ‘tours are every thirty minutes’
      ‘they had every third week off’
      • ‘We have one every three minutes or so, whereas Albert Square is lucky to see one a year.’
      • ‘Less evident is a web cam running in the background and updating every ten minutes.’
      • ‘On every third opening of the pages, there is a medallist now known to have cheated.’
      • ‘Trains run every two or three minutes and take about an hour to do a complete lap of the city.’
      • ‘When they are arriving at the rate of one or two every minute, it becomes more than you can cope with.’
      • ‘Taylor is in favour of a regular return of the Auld Enemy game, possibly every two years.’
      • ‘He was supposed to laugh and then bring it up every five minutes with the sole purpose to tease me about it.’
      • ‘I look at it for a couple of minutes every hour or so now, in the hope of some inspiration.’
      • ‘The camp will run from Friday to Sunday and will return on the third weekend of every month.’
      • ‘I no longer check my in box every five minutes for messages from the someone else.’
      • ‘There was a sharp turn at every twenty or thirty yards and at each turn a novel effect.’
      • ‘Turn the rod a quarter turn every ten minutes for an hour to avoid any dripping.’
      • ‘Shake pan gently every couple of minutes to ensure chips do not stick to the bottom.’
      • ‘In some swims, on every third cast the weight would jam up on a hidden snag and we'd have to pull for a break.’
      • ‘Stansted airport used a manual system to allow planes to take off every ten minutes.’
      • ‘These buses will run at least every ten minutes, offering a quick way in and out of York.’
    2. 1.2(used for emphasis) all possible; the utmost.
      ‘you have every reason to be disappointed’
      • ‘Staff at the Magpie Cafe said every effort is being made to minimise the impact of the queues.’
      • ‘Their explorations into concrete as a material created every reason to try it out.’
      • ‘There was every possibility he may have collapsed and been in need of urgent medical help.’
      • ‘He said staff were now making every effort to encourage new applications for grants.’
      • ‘If this is the case, and there's every reason to believe it is, then what is going on?’
      • ‘We will certainly be looking at every possibility of making it reach into new spheres.’
      • ‘I made every effort to avoid the eyes of the medical staff and left with my head held low.’
      • ‘She said the family made every effort to console Joyce but had been let down by his lies.’
      • ‘We must make our contribution to eliminate stigma and fight it in every way possible.’
      • ‘The rehab house had a habit of throwing parties for any and every reason available.’
      • ‘The material is brightly presented and every effort is made to ensure its accuracy.’
      • ‘With his defenders failing to cut out the simplest of crosses, he had every reason to be.’
      • ‘The Rotarians have agreed that every possible step should be taken to stop the work.’
      • ‘There is every reason to think that you would come across problems cloning humans.’
      • ‘When the Doctor regenerates every effort is made to literally bring new life to the part.’
      • ‘England are still in the tournament so there is every reason for more pubs to enter.’
      • ‘Certainly, every effort has been made to give an idea what is happening in our area.’
      • ‘Two of them, with young families of their own, appeared to have every reason to live.’
      • ‘He is clearly a hard working and sincere musician, who puts every effort into his craft.’
      • ‘These children are our future and should be given every chance possible to succeed.’
      all possible, all probable, the utmost, as much as possible, as great as possible
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  • every bit as

    • (in comparisons) quite as.

      ‘the planning should be every bit as enjoyable as the event itself’
      • ‘It just goes to show that mate is not the only way to win games, technique can be used every bit as effectively.’
      • ‘If the early signs are anything to go by, resistance is likely to be every bit as fierce this time round.’
      • ‘Sauvignon Blanc grown here is capable of making wines every bit as refreshingly aromatic as Sancerre.’
      • ‘Fortunately, it's every bit as enjoyable as his previous attempts, but much more mature.’
      • ‘If only it was quite so straightforward, we would all be taking pictures every bit as good as Bailey's.’
      • ‘His musical legacy lives on thanks to dedicated fans of his style, many of whom play every bit as well as he ever did.’
      • ‘Buy the wrong kind of property in the wrong location and you will have picked every bit as bad a dog as any bombing share.’
      • ‘At home, the government has pursued Tory policies every bit as ardently as the Tories would have done.’
      • ‘Rods need not be long when boat fishing - indeed a short rod will be easier to cope with and will do the job every bit as well.’
      • ‘I smiled, but the truth was I was every bit as down about it all as Alex appeared to be.’
  • every inch

    • 1The whole surface, distance, or area.

      ‘between them they know every inch of the country’
      • ‘Our hosts, Norsemaid Charters, have been in the business for 15 years and know every inch of the area.’
      • ‘Mike has subjected every inch of the floor and cabinet area around the sink to a microscopic sniff test.’
      • ‘The pavement is so uneven that it seems almost a work of art, cars occupy every inch of space, and pickpockets make a good living.’
      • ‘But every inch of canvas is the product of hard conceptual crafting.’
      • ‘Our driver, a prosperous local farmer from the area, knows every inch of the land.’
      • ‘Kits were designed to cover every inch of visible flesh but they survived long after such heavily mannered prudishness had deceased.’
      • ‘Danger lurks every inch of the treacherous stretch with no reflectors or signboards to indicate the width of the road.’
      • ‘He knew every inch of that museum, every painting, every room.’
      • ‘If human beings have the right to occupy every inch of the earth, so do animals.’
      • ‘She realized, however, that she could not do it alone, even if she filled every inch of her small home and yard with plants.’
    • 2Entirely; very much so.

      ‘he's every inch the gentleman’
      • ‘Gregson looks every inch the private banker: tall, bald, bespectacled, carefully dressed in a dark suit.’
      • ‘Today, the 50-year-old looks every inch the cowboy that he plays in the remake of the classic Western.’
      • ‘Clad in sou'wester and thigh boots, his rugged, bearded features are every inch the Victorian lifeboatman.’
      • ‘Fully formed now, the man before me today looks every inch the confident star.’
      • ‘Immaculately besuited, he is every inch the genial Latino gentleman.’
      • ‘Resplendent in their burgundy and yellow strip, the Salisbury side took the field looking every inch a professional outfit.’
      • ‘But there was an interesting line from the man who year in year out says that his budgets are every inch a Labor budget.’
      • ‘Feverishly chewing gum and shifting nervously in his seat he looked every inch what he was… a politician under siege.’
      • ‘On the surface he appeared every inch the successful businessman but we discovered a dark past.’
      • ‘Contrary to my expectations, he was every inch the country gentleman, a charming and solicitous host.’
      absolutely, completely, totally, fully, wholly
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  • every last (or every single)

    • Used to emphasize that every member of a group is included.

      ‘unbelievers, every last one of them’
      • ‘Because those rights are the rights of every single member of this United Kingdom.’
      • ‘She's frightened every single moment of every single day for herself and her family.’
      • ‘A bit too much emphasis was paid on hitting every single scene in the book, to the detriment of a few scenes.’
      • ‘The bad news is that every single byte of data on the hard drive has been completely and irretrievably lost.’
      • ‘Practically every single thing said by every single character will make you laugh.’
      • ‘Training appears to rear its head on almost every single Inquiry document that I have read.’
      • ‘He can play in every single competition and every single league all over the world.’
      • ‘What political biography written last or this century has included every last detail.’
      • ‘My mother, just to be cruel, had insisted that every single item be put back where it belonged.’
      • ‘They like to analyse, with flip charts, every single detail of every single part of the car.’
      each, each and every, every single
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  • every man has his price

    • proverb Everyone is open to bribery if the inducement offered is large enough.

      • ‘I'm sure they have discovered it by now but aren't telling, but every man has his price.’
      • ‘Last week he was appointed Senior manager there and it just goes to show that every man has his price.’
  • every now and again (or now and then)

    • From time to time; occasionally.

      ‘I used to see him every now and then’
      • ‘We all have at least one person we think about every now and then and wonder what they might be up to.’
      • ‘I wonder if I'll ever get over this sense of astonishment that hits me every now and then.’
      • ‘The Chief Minister encouraged a little spoken of question that comes up every now and then.’
      • ‘Only the occasional deadpan one liner leaks out every now and again.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's healthy to have a kick in the teeth like that every now and then.’
      • ‘The muse may crave a spot of deprivation and misery every now and then to spark the old imagination, but there are limits.’
      • ‘Obviously the ability to save money is a dead useful skill, but it would be nice to blow some of it every now and then.’
      • ‘Washing his hair still isn't a problem because he has a tendency to sit up to play with his toys every now and then.’
      • ‘You will need to top up with chicken stock every now and then to stop it drying out.’
      • ‘The question comes up every now and then and mostly I can avoid giving an answer.’
      occasionally, from time to time, every now and again, every now and then, every so often, every once in a while, on occasion, on occasions, on the odd occasion, at times, sometimes, off and on, at intervals, periodically, sporadically, spasmodically, erratically, irregularly, intermittently, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, fitfully, discontinuously, piecemeal
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  • every other (or every second)

    • Each alternate in a series.

      ‘I train with weights every other day’
      ‘the auctions are held every second week’
      • ‘A bunch of us used to go watch Whitley Bay Warriors play ice hockey every other Sunday.’
      • ‘She has a fulltime job this year, but she trains once a day and twice every other day.’
      • ‘They are all for the odd shock, but not every other week, thank you very much.’
      • ‘Garden bins will be emptied every other week, on the same day as recycling boxes.’
      • ‘It's like having my own brief personal horoscope appearing almost every other day for all to see.’
      • ‘Bearded guys aside, we only have to shave our faces once a day or every other day and that pretty much takes care of it.’
      • ‘I had a sad moment when I saw someone I know who is very poorly and having dialysis every other day.’
      • ‘There is an accident every other week purely because of the narrow road and its nasty corners.’
      • ‘At present I do ten press-ups every other day, and jog round the block twice a week.’
      • ‘Maybe I will go for writing every other weekday instead of attempting the daily entry.’
  • every so often

    • From time to time; occasionally.

      ‘every so often I need a laugh to stay sane’
      • ‘And keep her on her toes by making her a little jealous every so often.’
      • ‘Stir it every so often so it doesn't stick to the bottom, or, even worse - burn.’
      • ‘The prickling in my feet comes and goes, and I'm tippy and dizzy every so often, but nothing is too bad right now.’
      • ‘The first day of filming went considerably well apart from Melia wandering in front of the camera every so often.’
      • ‘They'd stop by our place every so often to see if she is fine, and there will always be a stand-by car for her if she needs to go anywhere.’
      • ‘I'm supposed to have scans every so often, just to make sure it's ticking as it should.’
      • ‘Andy is one of those gifted individuals that come along every so often.’
      • ‘He has a habit of disappearing every so often… then he makes a great comeback.’
      • ‘And, every so often, he announces that he's finished with the business of acting altogether.’
      • ‘Like any company we need to refresh our appeal every so often and the new on-screen look has brought a new vitality to the station.’
  • every time

    • Without exception.

      ‘Maris Piper potatoes cook beautifully every time’
      • ‘Every few seconds it popped up again and every time it did so it trivialised the subject even more.’
      • ‘Phone each company every time as well and make sure you always speak to the same person.’
      • ‘This, he is told, is a clock whose second hand moves forward every time he tells an untruth.’
      • ‘We can't keep the kids prisoners in their own homes but they run the risk every time they go out.’
      • ‘Imagine if there was a tennis racket symbol on our screens every time she was interviewed?’
      • ‘We are going down the line of saying we cannot always send a police officer every time people ring in.’
      • ‘There's a picture of my brother on my desk, and every time I look at it, it comes up again.’
      • ‘There is a risk every time an engine goes out but only sending one is a gamble.’
      • ‘I am really enjoying the show and I think it is reaching new heights every time I do it.’
      • ‘I followed it with spray-can in hand and gave it several zaps every time it came near me.’
  • every which way

    • 1informal In all directions.

      ‘my feet went every which way’
      • ‘He started to direct traffic, his arms flailing every which way, until the bus could maneuver into a passing lane.’
      • ‘The creatures flew every which way, and there were several loud cracks as bones broke from their landing.’
      • ‘I hopped up quickly, cautiously moving around, rolling my eyes in every direction, turning my head every which way.’
      • ‘Arms aloft, hips swaying, feet shuffling every which way, he was the talk of the dance floor at York's Gallery Nightclub.’
      • ‘Since the anger is usually directed every which way, it will soon exhaust itself.’
      • ‘The branches of this 20-to 30-foot tree twist and turn every which way, and its catkins are prominent.’
      • ‘Bullets ricocheted off the walls and hurried foot steps went every which way in the mass confusion.’
      • ‘There was a general confusion and people rushed every which way.’
      • ‘His dirty-blond hair was horribly messy as usual, curling every which way, looking like he didn't even comb it in the morning.’
      • ‘All Sarah could see was feet running every which way, panicking.’
      1. 1.1By all available means.
        ‘since then he has tried every which way to avoid contact with his ex’
        • ‘TV with around $3.2 billion this year in ad revenues is measured every which way and more.’
        • ‘You just don't believe a word they say until all facts have been completely confirmed every which way.’
        • ‘I know the importance of exploring options, looking at a problem every which way, and examining alternative solutions.’
        • ‘Scotland took that on-field cool into the autumn test with Samoa, who used every which way to turn up their unique attacking heat but were fought off 18-11.’
        • ‘But in every which way, everything else is different.’
        • ‘He's been on both sides on the war, really having it every which way.’
        • ‘In spite of the barrage of questions regarding development of airports in Kerala, all that he promised was to contribute to Kerala's development in every which way that he could.’
        • ‘Now 84 years old, he keeps embarrassing us every which way.’
        • ‘We tried to make them so, we tried to keep them pure and unsullied, we tried our best to anticipate and block every which way even the most devious of users could break out of the shells we put around his access.’
        • ‘You can argue that every which way, and people do.’


Old English ǣfre ǣlc (see ever, each).