Definition of already in English:

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already

Pronunciation: /ɔːlˈrɛdi/

adverb

1Before or by now or the time in question: Anna has suffered a great deal already
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
by this/that time, by now/then, thus far, so far, hitherto, before, before now/then, previously, earlier, earlier on, until now/then, up to now/then
rare heretofore
as early as this/that, as soon as this/that, so soon, so early, even now/then
1.1As surprisingly soon or early as this: it was already past four o' clock
More example sentences
  • 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 after a word or phrase to express impatience: just stop already, no one feels sorry for you
More example sentences
  • 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.

Phrases

enough already

North American informal Used to indicate unwillingness to tolerate any more of something undesirable: enough already with making excuses!
More example sentences
  • Enough already! It was me, I admit it.
  • I say enough already! Who has the time for books when there are so many blogs to go through!
  • Enough already, just stop it.

Origin

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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