Definition of each in US English:


pronoun & determiner

  • Used to refer to every one of two or more people or things, regarded and identified separately.

    as determiner ‘each battery is in a separate compartment’
    ‘each one of us was asked what went on’
    as pronoun ‘Doug had money from each of his five uncles’
    ‘they each have their own personality’
    • ‘There will be three sessions on each of the first two days and then two sessions each day.’
    • ‘Klara had made each of us a pair of mittens to wear in the back room when it was cold.’
    • ‘Every week there is a new rail scare and each one ebbs away at my confidence in the rail system.’
    • ‘He has a growing collection of plastic dinosaurs and he can pretty much name each one.’
    • ‘Staff manned a picket line on each of the three gates at the approaches to the factory.’
    • ‘Place two small frying pans on a gentle heat and pour a little olive oil in each one.’
    • ‘So if two people are to be given a slice of cake, each of them ought to get a piece the same size.’
    • ‘Since then she has read each of the first three books three times and the fourth one twice.’
    • ‘He eyed each one carefully and wondered if any could guess what he was about to say.’
    • ‘Each card is from a red suit but we do not know this: each of us sees only the suit of his own card.’
    • ‘Fawcett's team won the last three ends but managed only a single shot on each of them.’
    • ‘The activities or thoughts that bring on a state of flow are different for each of us.’
    • ‘All of them have been so varied and each one is always totally different form the last.’
    • ‘Rub each of the boned chicken legs all over with a little olive oil and the thyme leaves.’
    • ‘Place the pears in the bowl of water and lemon juice while you are preparing each one in turn.’
    • ‘The names went on and with each one some lucky man let out a yelp and snatched his letter up.’
    • ‘It is so heavy that it can only be pulled at a walk by eight horses, each of which has to give full effort.’
    • ‘At last we came upon a set of double doors that had a rectangular window on each of them.’
    • ‘When the buns have risen, use the back of a knife to make a cross indentation on the top of each one.’
    • ‘Responses to each of the items on the scale are given a score of between zero and three.’
    every one, each one, each and every one, one and all, all, the whole lot
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  • To, for, or by every one of a group (used after a noun or an amount)

    ‘Paul and Bill have a glass each’
    ‘they cost $35 each’
    • ‘Four seminars were held in July, one each for trustees, presidents, deans, and school heads.’
    • ‘I divided the specimens into three groups of about twenty each and handed out the first group after my talk.’
    • ‘German women are having less than 1.4 children each - only two thirds the level needed to maintain zero population growth.’
    • ‘When we got married I think we maybe had 10 books each, including novels by Sir Walter Scott.’
    • ‘The glasses only cost $0.85 each, but the minimum order is for 25 pairs.’
    • ‘Cinema-goers paid 20p each to become the inaugural customers at the 10-screen multiplex.’
    apiece, per person, per capita, to each, for each, from each, individually, respectively
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  • each and every

    • Every single (used for emphasis)

      ‘taking each and every opportunity’
      • ‘Nonetheless my thoughts and best wishes are with each and every athlete who will wear the British colours.’
      • ‘It is a rare opportunity for each and every individual member to say what he or she thinks.’
      • ‘Great credit goes to each and every one of the players and their management team.’
      • ‘With a complete script, each and every frame of the film is very clear in my mind.’
      • ‘We should enjoy each and every of these small things in our lives to the fullest.’
      • ‘They will need to know what their medical expenses are at each and every point during the year.’
      • ‘It is, however, a problem that each and every country has to tackle in a structural way.’
      • ‘The regular cash that came in, each and every month, enabled people to feed themselves and to pay the bills.’
      • ‘The certainty that each and every plan will be thwarted deflates any suspense the film may try to generate.’
      • ‘Thank you to each and every one of you who left a nice comment or sent me an email.’
      every, each and every, every single
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Old English ǣlc; related to Dutch elk and German jeglich, based on a West Germanic phrase meaning ‘ever alike’ (see aye, alike).