every, thing or particular of an aggregate or total; all.
something extremely important: This news means everything to us.
something that is extremely or most important: Money is his everything.

1350–1400; Middle English; see every, thing1

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everything (ˈɛvrɪθɪŋ)
1.  the entirety of a specified or implied class: she lost everything in the War
2.  a great deal, esp of something very important: she means everything to me

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with everything, also see hold everything.

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Example sentences
Everything from cars to cookers could ultimately have social connectivity
  embedded in it.
Everything you want to know about candy and chocolate, including trivia and
  recipes, is at this site.
In order to feed, it juts out its formidably sized jaws and sucks in everything
  in the vicinity.
When it comes to diamonds in jewelry, perfection is everything.
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