Definition of everything in US English:

everything

pronoun

  • 1All things; all the things of a group or class.

    ‘he taught me everything I know’
    ‘herbal cures for everything from leprosy to rheumatism’
    • ‘I'm not surprised everything has come together so well, because the team was blended.’
    • ‘Survive a holiday together and you can take everything that's thrown at you in matrimony.’
    • ‘Lifting the pasta up high she tosses the spaghetti with a wooden fork and spoon to mix everything together.’
    • ‘We've got everything from pocket money toys to items that are more expensive.’
    • ‘It was my first cookery book and taught me everything I know about cookery in the tropics.’
    • ‘With the edges aligned, the stapler is then used to fasten everything together at the top left corner.’
    • ‘As they all sat together on the bed, Libby told them everything that they did not know.’
    • ‘I was just wondering if you could put together a list of everything you have coming out this summer.’
    • ‘We think the universe is expanding, which means that in the past everything was closer together.’
    • ‘When we first got together we could talk for hours and we shared everything.’
    • ‘Pat promised to train me but he died before he got a chance to teach me everything.’
    • ‘I had a really, really great experience and I was glad that everything came together.’
    • ‘It's a presentation with drama and music and then I wind everything together at the end of the night.’
    • ‘I worked with her, and she wrote out everything and taught me how to pronounce it.’
    • ‘We created everything we did together and, yes, sometimes it was very stressful.’
    • ‘He lived in Brixton, did martial arts, taught me everything I know about self defence.’
    • ‘I say teach them everything there is to know on the subject, education is the key to this problem.’
    • ‘He never missed a meeting and did everything he could to teach and inspire us.’
    • ‘To tie everything together, the soundtrack brings to life the entire adventure.’
    • ‘The day case unit is a small, private ward but everything will be mixed together in the big ward.’
    each item, each thing, every article, every single thing, the lot, the whole lot, the entirety, the total, the aggregate
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    1. 1.1 All things of importance; a great deal.
      ‘I lost everything in the crash’
      ‘he owed everything to his years in Munich’
      • ‘We can go wherever we please and everything depends upon how near you stand to me.’
      • ‘He described it as a debut, but in truth he owed everything to his decade of experience.’
      • ‘Neil says he risked everything to sue because honesty was important to him.’
      • ‘They had nothing to lose by the action, and everything to gain by upping the stakes.’
      • ‘We are also often told that it is important to reveal everything and always to remember.’
      • ‘The plot centres around a man who is so lucky everything goes his way - money, girls and a fast car.’
      • ‘To most New Zealanders, the banking proposal smacks of Australia having everything to gain.’
      • ‘Tenderness is everything with chicken and this specimen was right on the money.’
      • ‘Many people sacrificed everything to secure us the vote, and we owe to them to use it.’
      • ‘It was the first time I went on stage to do a show by myself, where everything relied upon me.’
      • ‘First you spend time seeing everything to make up for lost time, then you wind back a bit.’
      • ‘If we played well we had the bonus, if we lost we lost everything and we had the same money as other people.’
      • ‘The victory at Wembley owes everything to the determination and action of the sacked workers.’
    2. 1.2 The most important thing or aspect.
      ‘money isn't everything’
      • ‘The first is that money is not everything when it comes to getting your message across.’
      • ‘She says money isn't everything, but it remains the key to unlocking aspirations.’
  • 2The current situation; life in general.

    ‘how's everything?’
    ‘everything is going okay’
    • ‘At first I felt very bad and wanted to comfort him and tell him everything would be okay.’
    • ‘I wanted Michael with me to soothe away my pain, to tell me that everything would be okay.’
    • ‘An enjoyment of being safe and having hope and knowing that everything is going to be okay.’
    • ‘The next few months will be crucial, and everything could still go horribly wrong.’
    • ‘We have kept them fully informed of what's happening and everything has been out in the open.’
    • ‘The problem is that when we were poor we thought everything would be okay if we got rich.’
    • ‘She threw her arms around me and gave me a huge hug and told me that everything was going to be okay.’
    • ‘The record industry thinks everything is okay while the rest of us get on with our lives.’
    • ‘For once he just wanted to be hugged and kissed and held and be told that everything would be okay.’
    • ‘The wind was also a bit stronger compared to this morning but generally everything went ok.’
    • ‘We'll stop for a moment at the lake a few miles north of here to make sure everything's okay.’
    • ‘All that mattered was that they were okay and that everything was going to be okay.’
    • ‘Raymond turned to his son and gave a small nod, telling him everything would be okay.’
    • ‘Leave it all be, and everything will come good in the end like it invariably always does.’
    • ‘They were so fast acting and that alone is enough to make you feel like everything will be okay.’
    • ‘Pete got out and went to the back of our van and the two were talking amicably and I thought everything was okay.’
    • ‘The network problem must have screwed up a couple of sectors on the disk, but everything's okay now.’
    • ‘Focusing on the issue of money will go a long way to improving everything.’

Phrases

  • and everything

    • informal Used to refer vaguely to other things associated with what has been mentioned.

      ‘you'll still get paid and everything’
      • ‘She hadn't got a break planned what with the wedding preparations and everything.’
      • ‘I could see you all and I was shouting and everything but no words would come out.’
      • ‘You recall how I was all chuffed and everything about how ace he is and how he finds the coolest things?’
      • ‘Why couldn't they have told me this when I was having the plans done and everything?’
      • ‘He loves animals so much that he went a grabbed a load of them and let them live on his property and everything.’
      • ‘The sail cloths and everything will have to be put together and you'll need a steady hand to paint it all.’
      • ‘She asked me to come over and join her, and I looked into flights and visas and everything.’
      • ‘My legs go straight out in front of me and all the gears and everything are up by my chest and I just cycle with my arms.’
      • ‘It's all very exciting and everything but the thing is that I don't really want to move.’
      • ‘My dad and I were talking about life, the universe and everything over the weekend.’
  • have everything

    • informal Possess every attraction or advantage.

      ‘she was articulate, she was fun—it seemed to me she had everything’

Pronunciation

everything

/ˈɛvriˌθɪŋ//ˈevrēˌTHiNG/