Definition of overall in English:



  • [attributive] Taking everything into account.

    ‘the overall effect is impressive’
    • ‘Readers will then vote for one overall winner and two runners-up in each category.’
    • ‘The details may be small, but the overall effect is one of everything being exactly where it should be.’
    • ‘He will also address the general outlook for the overall industry within the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am talking about total output and overall patterns here, not exceptions to the rule.’
    • ‘The overall effect of the 2001 protocols was to require three times as many vets to do the same work as in 1967.’
    • ‘One overall winner will go forward to represent Laois in the national competition.’
    • ‘If you play a series of hands, the overall winners are the team with the higher total score at the end.’
    • ‘The Montreal-based body has overall responsibility for global drug testing.’
    • ‘At the end of the tournament, the player with the highest point total is the overall winner.’
    • ‘But although his performance is excellent, the overall effect is curiously sad.’
    • ‘He had overall responsibility for the policing of the May Day riots.’
    • ‘He said the overall effect of the expansion will be to build around much of the existing school facilities.’
    • ‘If each neighbourhood looked after its own area, then the overall effect could be very positive.’
    • ‘It is part of an overall plan for cutting the social expenses of the state.’
    • ‘Your Honour, I am doing this in a global way at the moment, showing the overall effect.’
    • ‘The cuts are part of an overall revamping of the company that has yet to report a profit.’
    • ‘The overall effect is hard to fault, but it is not that memorable.’
    • ‘I come back to Hay with the intention of repeating as overall winner of the Australian Nationals.’
    all-inclusive, general, comprehensive, universal, all-embracing, gross, net, final, inclusive
    master, ruling, sweeping, wholesale, complete, blanket, across the board, umbrella, global, worldwide, international, pandemic, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast, company-wide
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  • [sentence adverb] In all parts; taken as a whole.

    ‘overall, 10,000 jobs will go’
    • ‘There is a risk of very windy conditions but overall it will not be too cold with temperatures around normal.’
    • ‘You could engineer the meat to be leaner, and contain healthier fats overall.’
    • ‘The federal reserve may be able to do a little tweaking, but overall the cards are in place.’
    • ‘The sauce, though, was excellent, and overall the whole dish just about passed muster.’
    • ‘There are winter fogs and mists, much as there are here, but overall I'd describe it as a good, bracing climate.’
    • ‘But overall the car seems quite good and I think we are in good shape again for the race.’
    • ‘It's probably fair to say we were somewhat nervous about the match, but overall we did not play well as a team.’
    • ‘They said that overall they had very low levels of depression and anxiety.’
    • ‘They were the better side over 80 minutes, but overall I thought Scotland played very well.’
    • ‘The prints on the pale walls do lighten the atmosphere, but overall the feeling is masculine and rather like a men's club.’
    • ‘Some you win, some you lose, but overall it is the cheaper strategy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So overall the potential for cost savings are really very substantial indeed.’
    • ‘This is despite the fact that Miramax, as a whole, has 15 nominations overall, for the third year in a row.’
    • ‘There are here and there these type of flaws, but overall the story really is wondrous.’
    • ‘In places this comes across as chatty and anecdotal, but overall it's rather irritating.’
    • ‘Athletics and Cricket were in the summer, which meant overall we did mainly did four sets of sport.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chelsea put on a superb defensive display and were deserving winners overall.’
    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
    predominantly, mainly, chiefly, as a rule, principally, basically, substantially
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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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He wore dark blue overalls over a white shirt and a brown flat cap on his head to cover his grey hair.’
    • ‘Its 200 highly trained members dress in white overalls, padded clothing and crash helmets to protect themselves against police batons and shields.’
    • ‘Minimum requirements include long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or overalls as well as safety equipment.’
    • ‘She took the torn overalls, the ratty dresses, shorts, jeans, skirts, shirts out and tossed them into the hallway.’
    • ‘Denim goods, including jeans, shorts, skirts and overalls, account for 70 percent of the firm's total production.’
    • ‘Dress suitable for agriculture such as overalls, shirts, and boots is popular.’
    • ‘Dressed in overalls and a flannel shirt, he looked like a farmer.’
    • ‘She was dressed in tan fishing overalls with a fishing hat, bulky black boots, and a pink T-shirt underneath.’
    • ‘My green overalls and green shirt with my red jean jacket were my choice for today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some had old clothing, from ancient togas and tunics to overalls and denim.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The father, in a dark, looming form, appears in the doorway, dressed in the gray overalls of his mechanics uniform.’
    • ‘But Daddy was a poor little boy in an old shirt and overalls once.’
    • ‘A parachute is standard equipment as are helmet and goggles, boots, overalls and gloves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had dark jean overalls and a red collared shirt.’
    • ‘It's a constant battle with the management - you need a suit of armour, not overalls, to come to work.’
    • ‘The DVD treatment is as humble as the overalls and flannel shirts people wear in the show.’
    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.’
      • ‘They were wearing disposable blue overalls bought at a local DIY store to protect their clothes from paint.’
      • ‘The picture of men paint spraying in their ordinary clothes, rather than wearing protective overalls and without protective face masks, says it all.’
      • ‘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.’