Definition of overall in English:

overall

adjective

Pronunciation /ˈəʊvərɔːl/
  • attributive Taking everything into account.

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

Pronunciation /əʊvərˈɔːl/
  • sentence adverb Taken as a whole; in all.

    ‘overall, 10,000 jobs will go’
    • ‘But overall the car seems quite good and I think we are in good shape again for the race.’
    • ‘They were the better side over 80 minutes, but overall I thought Scotland played very well.’
    • ‘Chelsea put on a superb defensive display and were deserving winners overall.’
    • ‘Athletics and Cricket were in the summer, which meant overall we did mainly did four sets of sport.’
    • ‘There are winter fogs and mists, much as there are here, but overall I'd describe it as a good, bracing climate.’
    • ‘In places this comes across as chatty and anecdotal, but overall it's rather irritating.’
    • ‘This is despite the fact that Miramax, as a whole, has 15 nominations overall, for the third year in a row.’
    • ‘It's probably fair to say we were somewhat nervous about the match, but overall we did not play well as a team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are here and there these type of flaws, but overall the story really is wondrous.’
    • ‘You could engineer the meat to be leaner, and contain healthier fats overall.’
    • ‘The prints on the pale walls do lighten the atmosphere, but overall the feeling is masculine and rather like a men's club.’
    • ‘Even though a high backlog of work remains, overall the picture is optimistic.’
    • ‘They said that overall they had very low levels of depression and anxiety.’
    • ‘The federal reserve may be able to do a little tweaking, but overall the cards are in place.’
    • ‘So overall the potential for cost savings are really very substantial indeed.’
    • ‘Some you win, some you lose, but overall it is the cheaper strategy.’
    • ‘Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but overall the positives outweigh the clarinets.’
    • ‘The sauce, though, was excellent, and overall the whole dish just about passed muster.’
    • ‘There is a risk of very windy conditions but overall it will not be too cold with temperatures around normal.’
    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
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noun

Pronunciation /ˈəʊvərɔːl/
British
  • 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’
    • ‘A man wearing an orange overall was sweeping the street while others were running.’
    • ‘The picture of men paint spraying in their ordinary clothes, rather than wearing protective overalls and without protective face masks, says it all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were wearing disposable blue overalls bought at a local DIY store to protect their clothes from paint.’
    1. 1.1overalls Close-fitting trousers formerly worn as part of an army uniform, now only on ceremonial or formal occasions.
      • ‘It replaces shirts and overalls with more practical roll-neck jumpers and combat-style trousers with large pockets.’
      • ‘There is a column of war invalids, and many are wearing white overalls as if to bring the idea of militarized science into view.’
    2. 1.2North American Dungarees.
      • ‘He had dark jean overalls and a red collared shirt.’
      • ‘Minimum requirements include long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or overalls as well as safety equipment.’
      • ‘She took the torn overalls, the ratty dresses, shorts, jeans, skirts, shirts out and tossed them into the hallway.’
      • ‘He wore dark blue overalls over a white shirt and a brown flat cap on his head to cover his grey hair.’
      • ‘Its 200 highly trained members dress in white overalls, padded clothing and crash helmets to protect themselves against police batons and shields.’
      • ‘Denim goods, including jeans, shorts, skirts and overalls, account for 70 percent of the firm's total production.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A parachute is standard equipment as are helmet and goggles, boots, overalls and gloves.’
      • ‘Some had old clothing, from ancient togas and tunics to overalls and denim.’
      • ‘The DVD treatment is as humble as the overalls and flannel shirts people wear in the show.’
      • ‘Dress suitable for agriculture such as overalls, shirts, and boots is popular.’
      • ‘My green overalls and green shirt with my red jean jacket were my choice for today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a constant battle with the management - you need a suit of armour, not overalls, to come to work.’
      • ‘The father, in a dark, looming form, appears in the doorway, dressed in the gray overalls of his mechanics uniform.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

overall

Adjective/ˈəʊvərɔːl/

overall

Adverb/əʊvərˈɔːl/

overall

Noun/ˈəʊvərɔːl/