You use all-purpose to refer to things that have lots of different uses or can be used in lots of different situations.

You can substitute all-purpose flour if you cannot find pastry flour.

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  • all-purpose — (adj.) by 1883, from ALL (Cf. all) + PURPOSE (Cf. purpose) …   Etymology dictionary

  • all-purpose — adj. 1. not limited in use or function. Syn: general purpose. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all-purpose — adj [only before noun] able to be used in any situation ▪ an all purpose cleaner …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • all-purpose — all ,purpose adjective able to be used in a lot of different ways: an all purpose stain remover …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • all-purpose — [ôl′pʉr΄pəs] adj. for every pertinent purpose; useful in many ways …   English World dictionary

  • all-purpose — index practical Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • all-purpose — /awl perr peuhs/, adj. for every purpose: an all purpose detergent. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • all-purpose — adj. All purpose is used with these nouns: ↑cleaner, ↑flour …   Collocations dictionary

  • all-purpose — adjective (only before noun) able to be used in any situation: an all purpose cleaner …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • all-purpose — UK / US adjective able to be used in a lot of different ways an all purpose stain remover …   English dictionary

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