1. [syn: all in all, on the whole, altogether, tout ensemble]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
All \All\, n.
The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing;
everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole;
totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
All that thou seest is mine. --Gen. xxxi.
Note: All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a
thing, all of us.
After all, after considering everything to the contrary;
All in all, a phrase which signifies all things to a
person, or everything desired; (also adverbially) wholly;
Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,
Trust me not at all, or all in all. --Tennyson.
All in the wind (Naut.), a phrase denoting that the sails
are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake.
All told, all counted; in all.
And all, and the rest; and everything connected. "Bring our
crown and all." --Shak.
(a) In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] "She is a
shrew at al(l)." --Chaucer.
(b) A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis,
usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and
signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or
to the least extent; in the least; under any
circumstances; as, he has no ambition at all; has he any
property at all? "Nothing at all." --Shak. "If thy father
at all miss me." --1 Sam. xx. 6.
Over all, everywhere. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Note: All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning,
or add force to a word. In some instances, it is
completely incorporated into words, and its final
consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always:
but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to
adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen,
as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant,
all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as,
allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout,
alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are
now written separately.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
all in all
adv 1: with everything considered (and neglecting details);
"altogether, I'm sorry it happened"; "all in all, it's
not so bad" [syn: all in all, on the whole,
altogether, tout ensemble]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "all in all":
all things considered, almost entirely, altogether, approximately,
as a rule, as a whole, as an approximation, at large, broadly,
broadly speaking, by and large, chiefly, commonly, effectually,
en masse, essentially, exactly, generally, generally speaking,
in general, in round numbers, in the main, in toto, just, mainly,
mostly, normally, on balance, on the average, on the whole,
ordinarily, overall, predominantly, prevailingly, purely, quite,
roughly, roughly speaking, routinely, speaking generally,
substantially, totally, usually, utterly, virtually, wholly