every

every
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1) DET: DET sing-n You use every to indicate that you are referring to all the members of a group or all the parts of something and not only some of them.

Every village has a green, a church, a pub and a manor house...

Record every expenditure you make.

...mediterranean fish of every shape and hue...

We need help, every kind of help.

...recipes for every occasion.

ADJ: poss ADJ n
Every is also an adjective.

His every utterance will be scrutinized... He will find his every step more harshly spotlighted than has been the case previously.

2) DET You also use every in order to say how often something happens or to indicate that something happens at regular intervals.

We were made to attend meetings every day...

A burglary occurs every three minutes in London...

She will need to have the therapy repeated every few months...

They meet here every Friday morning.

3) DET: out of/in/for DET amount You use every in front of a number when you are saying what proportion of people or things something happens to or applies to.

Two out of every three Britons already own a video recorder...

About one in every 20 people have clinical depression...

He said Africa was suffering badly from deforestation: for every ten trees cut down, only one was planted.

4) DET: DET sing-n (emphasis) You can use every before some nouns, for example `sign', `effort', `reason', and `intention' in order to emphasize what you are saying.

The Congressional Budget Office says the federal deficit shows every sign of getting larger...

I think that there is every chance that you will succeed...

The Chinese Foreign Minister was making every effort to secure a peaceful settlement...

Every care has been taken in compiling this list.

Ant:
5) ADJ: poss ADJ n (emphasis) If you say that someone's every whim, wish, or desire will be satisfied, you are emphasizing that everything they want will happen or be provided.

Dozens of servants had catered to his every whim.

6) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR with cl You use every in the expressions every now and then, every now and again, every once in a while, and every so often in order to indicate that something happens occasionally.

Stir the batter every now and then to keep it from separating...

Every so often the horse's heart and lungs are checked.

7) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR with cl If something happens every other day or every second day, for example, it happens one day, then does not happen the next day, then happens the day after that, and so on. You can also say that something happens every third week, every fourth year, and so on.

I went home every other week...

It has been snowing, roughly every third day, for as long as I've had the flu.

8) every bit as good assee bit
every which waysee way

English dictionary. 2008.

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