Definition of overall in US English:

overall

adjective

Pronunciation /ˈōvəˌrôl//ˈoʊvəˌrɔl/
  • attributive Taking everything into account.

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

Pronunciation /ˌōvəˈrôl//ˌoʊvəˈrɔl/
  • sentence adverb In all parts; taken as a whole.

    ‘overall, 10,000 jobs will go’
    • ‘This is despite the fact that Miramax, as a whole, has 15 nominations overall, for the third year in a row.’
    • ‘In places this comes across as chatty and anecdotal, but overall it's rather irritating.’
    • ‘Even though a high backlog of work remains, overall the picture is optimistic.’
    • ‘Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but overall the positives outweigh the clarinets.’
    • ‘Some you win, some you lose, but overall it is the cheaper strategy.’
    • ‘There are here and there these type of flaws, but overall the story really is wondrous.’
    • ‘There are winter fogs and mists, much as there are here, but overall I'd describe it as a good, bracing climate.’
    • ‘They said that overall they had very low levels of depression and anxiety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So overall the potential for cost savings are really very substantial indeed.’
    • ‘It's probably fair to say we were somewhat nervous about the match, but overall we did not play well as a team.’
    • ‘They were the better side over 80 minutes, but overall I thought Scotland played very well.’
    • ‘The federal reserve may be able to do a little tweaking, but overall the cards are in place.’
    • ‘Athletics and Cricket were in the summer, which meant overall we did mainly did four sets of sport.’
    • ‘The prints on the pale walls do lighten the atmosphere, but overall the feeling is masculine and rather like a men's club.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You could engineer the meat to be leaner, and contain healthier fats overall.’
    • ‘Chelsea put on a superb defensive display and were deserving winners overall.’
    • ‘But overall the car seems quite good and I think we are in good shape again for the race.’
    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 /ˈoʊvəˌrɔl//ˈōvəˌrôl/
overalls
North American
  • 1A garment consisting of trousers with a front flap over the chest held up by straps over the shoulders, made of sturdy material and worn especially as casual or working clothes.

    Also called bib overalls
    • ‘Its 200 highly trained members dress in white overalls, padded clothing and crash helmets to protect themselves against police batons and shields.’
    • ‘He had dark jean overalls and a red collared shirt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But Daddy was a poor little boy in an old shirt and overalls once.’
    • ‘Some had old clothing, from ancient togas and tunics to overalls and denim.’
    • ‘Minimum requirements include long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or overalls as well as safety equipment.’
    • ‘She was dressed in tan fishing overalls with a fishing hat, bulky black boots, and a pink T-shirt underneath.’
    • ‘He wore dark blue overalls over a white shirt and a brown flat cap on his head to cover his grey hair.’
    • ‘The father, in a dark, looming form, appears in the doorway, dressed in the gray overalls of his mechanics uniform.’
    • ‘Denim goods, including jeans, shorts, skirts and overalls, account for 70 percent of the firm's total production.’
    • ‘My green overalls and green shirt with my red jean jacket were my choice for today.’
    • ‘The DVD treatment is as humble as the overalls and flannel shirts people wear in the show.’
    • ‘Dressed in overalls and a flannel shirt, he looked like a farmer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A parachute is standard equipment as are helmet and goggles, boots, overalls and gloves.’
    • ‘She took the torn overalls, the ratty dresses, shorts, jeans, skirts, shirts out and tossed them into the hallway.’
    • ‘Dress suitable for agriculture such as overalls, shirts, and boots is popular.’
    • ‘It's a constant battle with the management - you need a suit of armour, not overalls, to come to work.’
    1. 1.1British A loose-fitting coat or one-piece garment worn over ordinary clothes for protection against dirt or heavy wear.
      • ‘A man wearing an orange overall was sweeping the street while others were running.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The picture of men paint spraying in their ordinary clothes, rather than wearing protective overalls and without protective face masks, says it all.’
      • ‘They were wearing disposable blue overalls bought at a local DIY store to protect their clothes from paint.’

Pronunciation

overall

Adjective/ˈoʊvəˌrɔl/

overall

Adverb/ˌoʊvəˈrɔl/

overall

Noun/ˈoʊvəˌrɔl/