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[eech] /itʃ/
adjective
1.
every one of two or more considered individually or one by one:
each stone in a building; a hallway with a door at each end.
pronoun
2.
every one individually; each one:
Each had a different solution to the problem.
adverb
3.
to, from, or for each; apiece:
They cost a dollar each.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English eche, Old English ælc, equivalent to ā ever (see ay1) + (ge)līc alike; cognate with Old High German ēo-gilīh, Old Frisian ellīk, Dutch, Low German elk
Synonyms
1. Each, every are alike in having a distributive meaning. Of two or more members composing an aggregate, each directs attention to the separate members in turn: Each child (of those considered and enumerated) received a large apple. Every emphasizes inclusiveness or universality: Every child (of all in existence) likes to play.
Usage note
The adjective each is always followed by a singular noun: each person; each book. When the adjective follows a plural subject, the verb agrees with the subject: They each dress in different styles. The houses each have central heating. When the pronoun each comes immediately before the verb, it always takes a singular verb: Each comes (not come) from a different country. When the pronoun is followed by an of phrase containing a plural noun or pronoun, there is a tendency for the verb to be plural: Each of the candidates has (or have) spoken on the issue. Some usage guides maintain that only the singular verb is correct, but plural verbs occur frequently even in edited writing.
It is also sometimes said that the pronoun each must always be referred to by a singular pronoun, but again actual usage does not regularly observe this stricture: Each member of our garden club had their own special interests. In the most formal speech and writing, singular verbs and pronouns occur more frequently than plural: Each member … had his own special interests. The use of plural forms, especially plural pronouns, has been increasing in the United States, partially because of the desire to avoid using he or his to refer to a female.
Anyone, anybody, everyone, everybody, no one, someone, and somebody follow the same general patterns of pronoun agreement as each. See also they.
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British Dictionary definitions for eachest

each

/iːtʃ/
determiner
1.
  1. every (one) of two or more considered individually: each day, each person
  2. (as pronoun): each gave according to his ability
adverb
2.
for, to, or from each one; apiece: four apples each
Usage note
Each is a singular pronoun and should be used with a singular form of a verb: each of the candidates was (not were) interviewed separately
Word Origin
Old English ǣlc; related to Old High German ēogilīh, Old Frisian ellik, Dutch elk
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Word Origin and History for eachest

each

adj., pron.

Old English ælc "any, all, every, each (one), short for a-gelic "ever alike," from a "ever" (see aye (2)) + gelic "alike" (see like (adj.)).

From a common West Germanic expression *aiwo galika (cf. Dutch elk, Old Frisian ellik, Old High German iogilih, German jeglich "each, every"). Originally used as we now use every (which is a compound of each) or all; modern use is by influence of Latin quisque. Modern spelling appeared late 1500s. Also cf. ilk, which.

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Slang definitions & phrases for eachest

each

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