every


every
ev|ery
W1S1 [ˈevri] determiner [always followed by a singular C noun]
[: Old English; Origin: Afre Alc 'ever each']
1.) used to refer to all the people or things in a particular group or all the parts of something
We looked carefully at every car that drove past.
Every child will receive a certificate at the end of the course.
I enjoyed every minute of the film.
I listened carefully to every word he said.
every single
(=used to emphasize that you mean 'all')
He seems to know every single person in the school.
every last drop/bit/scrap etc
(=all of something, including even the smallest amount of it)
They made us pick up every last scrap of paper.
2.)
a) used to say how often something happens
every day/week/month etc
(=at least once on each day, in each week etc)
They see each other every day.
Richard visits his mother every week.
every few seconds/ten days etc
Re-apply your sunscreen every two hours.
Freda had to stop to rest every hundred metres or so (=each time she had gone 100 metres) .
b) used to say how much distance there is between the things in a line
every few feet/ten yards etc
There were traffic lights every ten yards.
3.) every time
whenever
The roof leaks every time it rains.
4.) every now and then/again also every so often
sometimes, but not often or regularly
I still see her every now and then.
5.) every other
the first, third, fifth etc or the second, fourth, sixth etc
You only need to water plants every other day.
I visit my parents every other weekend.
6.) one in every three/two in every hundred etc
used to show how common something is
In Britain, one in every three marriages now ends in divorce.
7.) the strongest or greatest possible
We wish you every happiness in your new home.
There is every chance that he will recover.
We have every reason to believe that the operation will be a success.
We have every intention of winning this competition.
8.) in every way
in all ways
The school's much better now in every way.
9.) every bit as good/important etc
used to emphasize that something is equally as good, important etc as something else
Taking regular exercise is every bit as important as having a healthy diet.
I loved him every bit as much as she did.
10.) every Tom, Dick, and Harry
spoken used to mean 'everyone' or 'anyone', especially when you disapprove because there is no limit on who can be included
I didn't want every Tom, Dick and Harry knowing about my private life.
11.) every which way
AmE informal in every direction
The kids ran off every which way.
every inch atinch1 (3)
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HINT sense 1
Each or every ? See also: each
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
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