Definition of already in English:

already

adverb

  • 1Before or by now or the time in question.

    ‘Anna has suffered a great deal already’
    • ‘The only thing going for it was its railway heritage, already fading into the past.’
    • ‘There is a campaign to have his face added to the four already carved into Mount Rushmore.’
    • ‘Rerina folded the clothes that were already done earlier and set them on the side.’
    • ‘It would simply be more vicious treatment on top of what she has already suffered.’
    • ‘I was kind of relieved it was all a dream, as I was in enough trouble with the law already.’
    • ‘Lari was asking for an answer to a question that she already knew the answer to.’
    • ‘What we have done in the past has already proved successful at Rennes and at Lyon.’
    • ‘I think you will have already made up your mind about her from previous performances.’
    • ‘A careful parent will not ask a question of a child unless the answer is already known.’
    • ‘Any students who already had been given a place would keep it, regardless of regrades.’
    • ‘That trust was repaid with an offer no different from those which had already been refused.’
    • ‘Other deals that are already in the public arena are also picking up steam again.’
    • ‘Many people are paying large sums of money for services which they are already entitled to.’
    • ‘She had already amassed four dustbins before the recent delivery of her wheeled bin.’
    • ‘Workers have been offered a hefty redundancy package as part of a deal already on the table.’
    • ‘After learning that Susan has already viewed the place they start to ask her questions.’
    • ‘As already mentioned, one of the possible throwbacks to the past is our love of swimming.’
    • ‘Overtime is already used and efforts are being made to recruit a more diverse workforce.’
    • ‘We can add these to the displays we already have and hopefully answer a few questions.’
    • ‘There is no point bringing more laws in when we are so soft with the laws we already have.’
    by that time, by this time, by now, by then, thus far, so far, hitherto, before, before now, before then, previously, earlier, earlier on, until now, until then, up to now, up to then
    as early as that, as early as this, as soon as that, as soon as this, so soon, so early, even now, even then
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    1. 1.1 As surprisingly soon or early as this.
      ‘already it was past four o' clock’
      ‘at 31, he already suffers from arthritis’
      • ‘This was only four songs into the set and already this was the most shambolic gig I had ever been to!’
      • ‘Thus, the majority of graduates face up to the real world already heavily indebted.’
      • ‘He already had ten points on his licence from three previous matters, the court heard.’
      • ‘The midwife told me that my babe had already chosen her name and I will soon know what it is.’
      • ‘After all, it isn't nice for them to have to enter the real world in early life already in debt.’
      • ‘The snow whipped past my already red nose, and I looked around for a place for warmth.’
      • ‘Support for a possible campaign to bring back the district has already gathered pace.’
      • ‘But this is the third time already this year and the insurance is just going to go up and up.’
      • ‘My hair is already past my shoulders and my fringe has reached the tip of my nose.’
      • ‘The only problem is that Josie is one step ahead of him and has already broken in to remove the evidence.’
      • ‘The work was almost already done by the time the deal was struck and will go to Beta in three months.’
      • ‘We already have early proofs back of the first batch of pages and they look good.’
      • ‘I went out too early for the blossoms to be open, but three or four bees were already at work.’
      • ‘Only ten pairs were ever made, and four of those have already been sold this week.’
      • ‘The car is still in its early days yet it has already given glimpses of its potential.’
      • ‘He also suffered a broken nose and has already been to hospital twice to have treatment.’
      • ‘Her father is Italian and she can already say a number of words in both Italian and English.’
      • ‘The figures for the previous quarter showed he was already well on his way to achieving it.’
      • ‘One I pegged down earlier in the summer had already rooted, so I potted it up on its own.’
      • ‘Three clubs have already gone and four more will drop out over the next two season.’
  • 2North American informal Used as an intensive after a word or phrase to express impatience.

    ‘enough already with these crazy kids and their wacky dances!’
    • ‘He needs to just retire already.’
    • ‘If you like him so much, just tell him already instead of torturing yourself like this.’
    • ‘The words of the grapevine say that they should just admit it already.’
    • ‘I thought this was fine; let's just hurry up already.’
    • ‘The guy should just resign already, before he embarrasses his party any more.’
    • ‘We'll start with a plea for this year to just finish already.’
    • ‘Okay, sure, maybe there's a hint of sour grapes here, but really, please, just stop it already.’
    • ‘She wondered why he would not just give up already.’
    • ‘Just stop already, who cares if they are fake?’
    • ‘Nobody wanted to tell him to just go home already.’
    • ‘If you have a point in saying this, just tell me already.’

Origin

Middle English: from all (as an adverb) + ready; already (sense 2) is influenced by Yiddish use.

Pronunciation

already

/ˌɔlˈrɛdi//ˌôlˈredē/