Definition of everybody in US English:



  • Every person.

    ‘everybody agrees with his views’
    ‘it's not everybody's cup of tea’
    • ‘By night, everybody strolls down to the Arabian sea to sit on the sand for a kulfi and a head massage.’
    • ‘It might not work for everybody, but for some he says it can be a truly life changing experience.’
    • ‘If everybody comes under the one umbrella, it is easier to get the structure right.’
    • ‘I see myself as part of a squad rather than as an individual and everybody will have his own role.’
    • ‘That was one bit of trouble but everybody forgets that I was found not guilty in my verdict.’
    • ‘It was a very simple idea but it worked brilliantly because everybody could take part.’
    • ‘If you go to a party where you don't know many people, you end up meeting everybody.’
    • ‘There is also a kind of equality in the knowledge that the evening will cost everybody the same.’
    • ‘Here some of the public rights of way have vanished and everybody uses the tracks.’
    • ‘He has a great sense of humour and lots of friends and this is obviously quite a shock for everybody.’
    • ‘This way everybody pays and there is no need for the police to be involved in organised swoops.’
    • ‘There is no amount that is too small to be recycled, and everybody should be making an effort.’
    • ‘On every subject there are always two views, and everybody should be allowed a view.’
    • ‘So our system cunningly presented everybody with a chance to be big, in one way or another.’
    • ‘We send all our love and heartfelt sorrow for all your family and everybody who knew and loved you.’
    • ‘How come everybody knows of the massive fraud yet still we are supposed to swallow it and be happy?’
    • ‘All we have to do is go out there and get everybody to agree that we're not going to let them do this any more.’
    • ‘With the resurgence of the British rock scene, everybody wants to be in a guitar group.’
    • ‘You would have to have everybody agree it was a good idea in order for that to happen.’
    • ‘I live in an ordinary house because I want my kids to feel normal like everybody else.’
    everyone, every person, each person, each one, each and every one, all, one and all, all and sundry, the whole world, the world at large, the public, the general public, people everywhere
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Everybody, along with everyone, traditionally uses a singular pronoun of reference: everybody must sign his own name. Because the use of his in this context is now perceived as sexist by some, a second option became popular: everybody must sign his or her own name. But his or her is often awkward, and many feel that the plural simply makes more sense: everybody must sign their own name. Although this violates what many consider standard, it is in fact standard in British English and increasingly so in US English. In some sentences, only they makes grammatical sense: everybody agreed to convict the defendant, and they voted unanimously