1) PRON-INDEF: oft PRON else You use everything to refer to all the objects, actions, activities, or facts in a particular situation.

He'd gone to Seattle long after everything else in his life had changed...

Early in the morning, hikers pack everything that they will need for the day's hike...

Everything in the building had gone silent.

2) PRON-INDEF You use everything to refer to all possible or likely actions, activities, or situations.

`This should have been decided long before now.' - `We can't think of everything.'...

Cathy thought that she had the answer to everything...

Noel and I do everything together...

Are you doing everything possible to reduce your budget?

3) PRON-INDEF You use everything to refer to a whole situation or to life in general.

She says everything is going smoothly...

Is everything all right?...

Everything's going to be just fine.

4) PRON-INDEF: oft PRON to n If you say that someone or something is everything, you mean you consider them to be the most important thing in your life, or the most important thing that there is.

I love him. He is everything to me...

Crime cases were something that agents solved, and to him the case was everything...

Money isn't everything.

5) PRON-INDEF If you say that someone or something has everything, you mean they have all the things or qualities that most people consider to be desirable.

This man had everything. He had the house, the sailboat and a full life with friends and family...

It was a garden that had everything. It was rich and wild and beautiful, and exciting.

6) PHRASE: cl PHR You say `and everything' after mentioning a particular thing or list of things to indicate that they are only examples and that other things are also involved. [INFORMAL]

He had a bed and a fireplace and everything...

We become friends and everything, and we call each other on the phone all the time.

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