Definition of overall in English:



  • [attributive] Taking everything into account.

    ‘the governors and head have overall responsibility for managing the school’
    ‘the overall effect is impressive’
    • ‘One overall winner will go forward to represent Laois in the national competition.’
    • ‘The details may be small, but the overall effect is one of everything being exactly where it should be.’
    • ‘What we must try to do is to judge the overall effect on balance.’
    • ‘Readers will then vote for one overall winner and two runners-up in each category.’
    • ‘The overall effect is hard to fault, but it is not that memorable.’
    • ‘He will also address the general outlook for the overall industry within the country.’
    • ‘The overall effect of the 2001 protocols was to require three times as many vets to do the same work as in 1967.’
    • ‘At the end of the tournament, the player with the highest point total is the overall winner.’
    • ‘Your Honour, I am doing this in a global way at the moment, showing the overall effect.’
    • ‘But although his performance is excellent, the overall effect is curiously sad.’
    • ‘He said the overall effect of the expansion will be to build around much of the existing school facilities.’
    • ‘It is part of an overall plan for cutting the social expenses of the state.’
    • ‘The Montreal-based body has overall responsibility for global drug testing.’
    • ‘I am talking about total output and overall patterns here, not exceptions to the rule.’
    • ‘I come back to Hay with the intention of repeating as overall winner of the Australian Nationals.’
    • ‘The cuts are part of an overall revamping of the company that has yet to report a profit.’
    • ‘If you play a series of hands, the overall winners are the team with the higher total score at the end.’
    • ‘If each neighbourhood looked after its own area, then the overall effect could be very positive.’
    • ‘The 2003 fourth overall pick wasn't ready, physically or mentally, to be thrown into the fire.’
    • ‘He had overall responsibility for the policing of the May Day riots.’
    all-inclusive, general, comprehensive, universal, all-embracing, gross, net, final, inclusive
    master, ruling, sweeping, wholesale, complete, blanket, across the board, umbrella, global, worldwide, international, pandemic, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast, company-wide
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  • [sentence adverb] Taken as a whole; in all.

    ‘overall, 10,000 jobs will go’
    • ‘There are winter fogs and mists, much as there are here, but overall I'd describe it as a good, bracing climate.’
    • ‘They said that overall they had very low levels of depression and anxiety.’
    • ‘There are here and there these type of flaws, but overall the story really is wondrous.’
    • ‘They were the better side over 80 minutes, but overall I thought Scotland played very well.’
    • ‘Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but overall the positives outweigh the clarinets.’
    • ‘So overall the potential for cost savings are really very substantial indeed.’
    • ‘Chelsea put on a superb defensive display and were deserving winners overall.’
    • ‘Even though a high backlog of work remains, overall the picture is optimistic.’
    • ‘The sauce, though, was excellent, and overall the whole dish just about passed muster.’
    • ‘This is despite the fact that Miramax, as a whole, has 15 nominations overall, for the third year in a row.’
    • ‘There is a risk of very windy conditions but overall it will not be too cold with temperatures around normal.’
    • ‘In places this comes across as chatty and anecdotal, but overall it's rather irritating.’
    • ‘Possessing an impressive range of passes, he also weighed in with a couple of shots and overall he was a busy presence in the middle.’
    • ‘The prints on the pale walls do lighten the atmosphere, but overall the feeling is masculine and rather like a men's club.’
    • ‘The federal reserve may be able to do a little tweaking, but overall the cards are in place.’
    • ‘Some you win, some you lose, but overall it is the cheaper strategy.’
    • ‘Athletics and Cricket were in the summer, which meant overall we did mainly did four sets of sport.’
    • ‘You could engineer the meat to be leaner, and contain healthier fats overall.’
    • ‘But overall the car seems quite good and I think we are in good shape again for the race.’
    • ‘It's probably fair to say we were somewhat nervous about the match, but overall we did not play well as a team.’
    generally, in general, generally speaking, altogether, all in all, on balance, on average, for the most part, mostly, in the main, on the whole, largely, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree
    predominantly, mainly, chiefly, as a rule, principally, basically, substantially
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  • 1A loose-fitting coat or one-piece garment worn over ordinary clothes for protection against dirt or heavy wear.

    ‘men in grubby blue overalls’
    ‘a pair of overalls’
    • ‘The picture of men paint spraying in their ordinary clothes, rather than wearing protective overalls and without protective face masks, says it all.’
    • ‘They were wearing disposable blue overalls bought at a local DIY store to protect their clothes from paint.’
    • ‘When he had done, his mug empty, he went to his wardrobe where he pulled out a clean pair of underpants and a blue overall.’
    • ‘A man wearing an orange overall was sweeping the street while others were running.’
    1. 1.1Close-fitting trousers formerly worn as part of an army uniform, now only on ceremonial or formal occasions.
      • ‘There is a column of war invalids, and many are wearing white overalls as if to bring the idea of militarized science into view.’
      • ‘It replaces shirts and overalls with more practical roll-neck jumpers and combat-style trousers with large pockets.’
    2. 1.2North American Dungarees.
      • ‘I stayed simple the next day, skipped a shower and pulled my hair up into a ponytail and dressed in overalls and a black tank top.’
      • ‘Some had old clothing, from ancient togas and tunics to overalls and denim.’
      • ‘My green overalls and green shirt with my red jean jacket were my choice for today.’
      • ‘A parachute is standard equipment as are helmet and goggles, boots, overalls and gloves.’
      • ‘The DVD treatment is as humble as the overalls and flannel shirts people wear in the show.’
      • ‘Denim goods, including jeans, shorts, skirts and overalls, account for 70 percent of the firm's total production.’
      • ‘She was dressed in tan fishing overalls with a fishing hat, bulky black boots, and a pink T-shirt underneath.’
      • ‘Dressed in miners' overalls and a hard hat, he caught the 6: 30 a.m. elevator that took the miners down for their regular shift.’
      • ‘For protective gear, many make do with long-sleeve shirts and long pants because thick overalls, gloves, boots, and masks are expensive or not sold in the markets.’
      • ‘But Daddy was a poor little boy in an old shirt and overalls once.’
      • ‘Dressed in overalls and a flannel shirt, he looked like a farmer.’
      • ‘I got home just in time to see my younger sister rush out the door in her summer uniform of overalls and a t-shirt.’
      • ‘He had dark jean overalls and a red collared shirt.’
      • ‘It's a constant battle with the management - you need a suit of armour, not overalls, to come to work.’
      • ‘She took the torn overalls, the ratty dresses, shorts, jeans, skirts, shirts out and tossed them into the hallway.’
      • ‘The father, in a dark, looming form, appears in the doorway, dressed in the gray overalls of his mechanics uniform.’
      • ‘Dress suitable for agriculture such as overalls, shirts, and boots is popular.’
      • ‘He wore dark blue overalls over a white shirt and a brown flat cap on his head to cover his grey hair.’
      • ‘Minimum requirements include long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or overalls as well as safety equipment.’
      • ‘Its 200 highly trained members dress in white overalls, padded clothing and crash helmets to protect themselves against police batons and shields.’