Definition of already in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôlˈredē/


1Before or by now or the time in question: Anna has suffered a great deal already
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  • Lari was asking for an answer to a question that she already knew the answer to.
  • Other deals that are already in the public arena are also picking up steam again.
  • Workers have been offered a hefty redundancy package as part of a deal already on the table.
by this/that time, by now/then, thus/so far, before now/then, until now/then, up to now/then
as early as this/that, as soon as this/that, so soon
1.1As surprisingly soon or early as this: at 31, he already suffers from arthritis already it was past four o' clock
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  • We already have early proofs back of the first batch of pages and they look good.
  • My hair is already past my shoulders and my fringe has reached the tip of my nose.
  • The snow whipped past my already red nose, and I looked around for a place for warmth.
2North American informal Used as an intensive after a word or phrase to express impatience: enough already with these crazy kids and their wacky dances!
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  • Okay, sure, maybe there's a hint of sour grapes here, but really, please, just stop it already.
  • We'll start with a plea for this year to just finish already.
  • If you like him so much, just tell him already instead of torturing yourself like this.


Middle English: from all (as an adverb) + ready; sense 2 is influenced by Yiddish use.

Words that rhyme with already

Eddie, eddy, Freddie, heady, neddy, oven-ready, ready, reddy, steady, teddy, thready

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Syllabification: al·read·y

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