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’
    • ‘You can spend every minute glued to the news on the internet but it doesn't update.’
    • ‘Ideally everybody would read every word of every page as you might read a Trollope novel.’
    • ‘It would appear that people are believing every twisted word printed in the media.’
    • ‘The key is to throw the net as widely as possible and organise in every locality.’
    • ‘He has to know the rules of every game and make sure staff are following the correct procedures.’
    • ‘She is loving every minute of being back on court and she cannot get enough of the buzz of being at a grand slam.’
    • ‘He had no issue with that at all and that made it easier for every member of the family.’
    • ‘It is also as intelligently written as it is expertly performed by every member of the cast.’
    • ‘Jamie has a great post that I was going to excerpt, but every word is on the money.’
    • ‘For every member of the burn team, rehabilitation must start from the time of injury.’
    • ‘It is not possible to buy every fund though a discount broker or fund supermarket.’
    • ‘After a decade the group still have a few original members and gain new members every year.’
    • ‘For us it was just a great race and I enjoyed every minute because I could push the car all the way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Win or lose, it will be a great experience and I intend to make the most of every minute.’
    • ‘There is rarely a brand that offers exactly what every individual buyer is looking for.’
    • ‘I want every member who wants to speak to be able to have his or her say, and to be heard.’
    • ‘We all agree that every society and every individual has the right to self defence.’
    • ‘The physical effort of having to be at the theatre every night became too much to handle.’
    each, each and every, every single
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    1. 1.1 Used before an amount to indicate how often something happens.
      ‘tours are every thirty minutes’
      ‘they had every third week off’
      • ‘He was supposed to laugh and then bring it up every five minutes with the sole purpose to tease me about it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Trains run every two or three minutes and take about an hour to do a complete lap of the city.’
      • ‘These buses will run at least every ten minutes, offering a quick way in and out of York.’
      • ‘Stansted airport used a manual system to allow planes to take off every ten minutes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Less evident is a web cam running in the background and updating every ten minutes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I look at it for a couple of minutes every hour or so now, in the hope of some inspiration.’
      • ‘There was a sharp turn at every twenty or thirty yards and at each turn a novel effect.’
      • ‘When they are arriving at the rate of one or two every minute, it becomes more than you can cope with.’
      • ‘We have one every three minutes or so, whereas Albert Square is lucky to see one a year.’
      • ‘On every third opening of the pages, there is a medallist now known to have cheated.’
      • ‘Taylor is in favour of a regular return of the Auld Enemy game, possibly every two years.’
    2. 1.2 (used for emphasis) all possible; the utmost.
      ‘you have every reason to be disappointed’
      • ‘With his defenders failing to cut out the simplest of crosses, he had every reason to be.’
      • ‘There is every reason to think that you would come across problems cloning humans.’
      • ‘He said staff were now making every effort to encourage new applications for grants.’
      • ‘Certainly, every effort has been made to give an idea what is happening in our area.’
      • ‘There was every possibility he may have collapsed and been in need of urgent medical help.’
      • ‘If this is the case, and there's every reason to believe it is, then what is going on?’
      • ‘The material is brightly presented and every effort is made to ensure its accuracy.’
      • ‘The Rotarians have agreed that every possible step should be taken to stop the work.’
      • ‘These children are our future and should be given every chance possible to succeed.’
      • ‘We must make our contribution to eliminate stigma and fight it in every way possible.’
      • ‘Staff at the Magpie Cafe said every effort is being made to minimise the impact of the queues.’
      • ‘She said the family made every effort to console Joyce but had been let down by his lies.’
      • ‘The rehab house had a habit of throwing parties for any and every reason available.’
      • ‘England are still in the tournament so there is every reason for more pubs to enter.’
      • ‘When the Doctor regenerates every effort is made to literally bring new life to the part.’
      • ‘Two of them, with young families of their own, appeared to have every reason to live.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is clearly a hard working and sincere musician, who puts every effort into his craft.’
      • ‘Their explorations into concrete as a material created every reason to try it out.’
      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’
      • ‘His musical legacy lives on thanks to dedicated fans of his style, many of whom play every bit as well as he ever did.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sauvignon Blanc grown here is capable of making wines every bit as refreshingly aromatic as Sancerre.’
      • ‘If the early signs are anything to go by, resistance is likely to be every bit as fierce this time round.’
      • ‘Fortunately, it's every bit as enjoyable as his previous attempts, but much more mature.’
      • ‘It just goes to show that mate is not the only way to win games, technique can be used every bit as effectively.’
      • ‘I smiled, but the truth was I was every bit as down about it all as Alex appeared to be.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If only it was quite so straightforward, we would all be taking pictures every bit as good as Bailey's.’
      • ‘At home, the government has pursued Tory policies every bit as ardently as the Tories would have done.’
  • every inch

    • 1The whole surface, distance, or area.

      ‘between them they know every inch of the country’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He knew every inch of that museum, every painting, every room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If human beings have the right to occupy every inch of the earth, so do animals.’
      • ‘Our hosts, Norsemaid Charters, have been in the business for 15 years and know every inch of the area.’
      • ‘Danger lurks every inch of the treacherous stretch with no reflectors or signboards to indicate the width of the road.’
      • ‘She realized, however, that she could not do it alone, even if she filled every inch of her small home and yard with plants.’
      • ‘But every inch of canvas is the product of hard conceptual crafting.’
    • 2Entirely; very much so.

      ‘he's every inch the gentleman’
      • ‘Immaculately besuited, he is every inch the genial Latino gentleman.’
      • ‘Gregson looks every inch the private banker: tall, bald, bespectacled, carefully dressed in a dark suit.’
      • ‘Clad in sou'wester and thigh boots, his rugged, bearded features are every inch the Victorian lifeboatman.’
      • ‘Contrary to my expectations, he was every inch the country gentleman, a charming and solicitous host.’
      • ‘Resplendent in their burgundy and yellow strip, the Salisbury side took the field looking every inch a professional outfit.’
      • ‘Fully formed now, the man before me today looks every inch the confident star.’
      • ‘Today, the 50-year-old looks every inch the cowboy that he plays in the remake of the classic Western.’
      • ‘On the surface he appeared every inch the successful businessman but we discovered a dark past.’
      • ‘Feverishly chewing gum and shifting nervously in his seat he looked every inch what he was… a politician under siege.’
      • ‘But there was an interesting line from the man who year in year out says that his budgets are every inch a Labor budget.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bad news is that every single byte of data on the hard drive has been completely and irretrievably lost.’
      • ‘Because those rights are the rights of every single member of this United Kingdom.’
      • ‘My mother, just to be cruel, had insisted that every single item be put back where it belonged.’
      • ‘What political biography written last or this century has included every last detail.’
      • ‘Practically every single thing said by every single character will make you laugh.’
      • ‘They like to analyse, with flip charts, every single detail of every single part of the car.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.

      • ‘Last week he was appointed Senior manager there and it just goes to show that every man has his price.’
      • ‘I'm sure they have discovered it by now but aren't telling, but 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’
      • ‘You will need to top up with chicken stock every now and then to stop it drying out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We all have at least one person we think about every now and then and wonder what they might be up to.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The muse may crave a spot of deprivation and misery every now and then to spark the old imagination, but there are limits.’
      • ‘I wonder if I'll ever get over this sense of astonishment that hits me every now and then.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's healthy to have a kick in the teeth like that every now and then.’
      • ‘The question comes up every now and then and mostly I can avoid giving an answer.’
      occasionally, from time to time, now and again, now and then, 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’
      • ‘It's like having my own brief personal horoscope appearing almost every other day for all to see.’
      • ‘Garden bins will be emptied every other week, on the same day as recycling boxes.’
      • ‘At present I do ten press-ups every other day, and jog round the block twice a week.’
      • ‘I had a sad moment when I saw someone I know who is very poorly and having dialysis every other day.’
      • ‘They are all for the odd shock, but not every other week, thank you very much.’
      • ‘Maybe I will go for writing every other weekday instead of attempting the daily entry.’
      • ‘A bunch of us used to go watch Whitley Bay Warriors play ice hockey every other Sunday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She has a fulltime job this year, but she trains once a day and twice every other day.’
      • ‘There is an accident every other week purely because of the narrow road and its nasty corners.’
      every other, every second
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  • every so often

    • From time to time; occasionally.

      ‘every so often I need a laugh to stay sane’
      • ‘And, every so often, he announces that he's finished with the business of acting altogether.’
      • ‘Stir it every so often so it doesn't stick to the bottom, or, even worse - burn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And keep her on her toes by making her a little jealous every so often.’
  • every time

    • Without exception.

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

    • 1informal In all directions.

      ‘my feet went every which way’
      • ‘Since the anger is usually directed every which way, it will soon exhaust itself.’
      • ‘The creatures flew every which way, and there were several loud cracks as bones broke from their landing.’
      • ‘There was a general confusion and people rushed 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.’
      • ‘Bullets ricocheted off the walls and hurried foot steps went every which way in the mass confusion.’
      • ‘I hopped up quickly, cautiously moving around, rolling my eyes in every direction, turning my head every which way.’
      • ‘The branches of this 20-to 30-foot tree twist and turn every which way, and its catkins are prominent.’
      • ‘He started to direct traffic, his arms flailing every which way, until the bus could maneuver into a passing lane.’
      • ‘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’
        • ‘You just don't believe a word they say until all facts have been completely confirmed every which way.’
        • ‘You can argue that every which way, and people do.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘He's been on both sides on the war, really having it every which way.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘I know the importance of exploring options, looking at a problem every which way, and examining alternative solutions.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Now 84 years old, he keeps embarrassing us every which way.’
        • ‘TV with around $3.2 billion this year in ad revenues is measured every which way and more.’
        • ‘But in every which way, everything else is different.’


Old English ǣfre ǣlc (see ever, each).