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[ev-ree-thing] /ˈɛv riˌθɪŋ/
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.
Origin of everything
1350-1400; Middle English; see every, thing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for everything
  • 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.
  • They contained everything that was needed to support life underground and were virtually impervious to enemy infiltration.
  • The outdoor kitchen puts everything within easy reach, with room for three to sit at the counter.
  • Amateur satellite spotters can track everything government spymasters blast into orbit.
  • By the last month you should be studying mostly your notes b/c you should have already read everything.
  • Lava can burn, bury, and destroy everything in its path.
  • We are in the middle of nowhere but the center of everything.
British Dictionary definitions for everything


the entirety of a specified or implied class: she lost everything in the War
a great deal, esp of something very important: she means everything to me
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for everything

late 14c., from every + thing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with everything


In addition to the idiom beginning with everything also see: hold everything
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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