Definition of each in English:

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Pronunciation: /iːtʃ/

determiner& pronoun

Used to refer to every one of two or more people or things, regarded and identified separately: [as determiner]: each battery is in a separate compartment each one of us was asked what went on [as pronoun]: Derek had money from each of his five uncles they each have their own personality
More example sentences
  • Fawcett's team won the last three ends but managed only a single shot on each of them.
  • He has a growing collection of plastic dinosaurs and he can pretty much name each one.
  • It is so heavy that it can only be pulled at a walk by eight horses, each of which has to give full effort.
every one, each one, each and every one, one and all, all, the whole lot


To, for, or by every one of a group (used after a noun or an amount): the cameras cost £35 each Paul and Bill have a glass each
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  • Four seminars were held in July, one each for trustees, presidents, deans, and school heads.
  • The glasses only cost $0.85 each, but the minimum order is for 25 pairs.
  • Cinema-goers paid 20p each to become the inaugural customers at the 10-screen multiplex.
apiece, per person, per capita, to each, for each, from each, individually, respectively
formal severally


each and every

Every single (used for emphasis): taking each and every opportunity I look forward to seeing each and every one of you
More example sentences
  • We should enjoy each and every of these small things in our lives to the fullest.
  • It is a rare opportunity for each and every individual member to say what he or she thinks.
  • Thank you to each and every one of you who left a nice comment or sent me an email.
every, each and every, every single


Old English ǣlc; related to Dutch elk and German jeglich, based on a West Germanic phrase meaning 'ever alike' (see aye2, alike).

  • every from Old English:

    An Old English word that is related to ever and each. Every occurs in two well-known proverbs. Every little helps has a rather rude origin. It appears to be from a 1590 work by the French writer Meurier, which translates as ‘Every little helps, said the ant, pissing into the sea.’ In the first English example, ten years later, the ant is replaced by a wren. Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost alludes to a chase by the Devil, in which the slowest will be caught.

Words that rhyme with each

beach, beech, beseech, bleach, breach, breech, impeach, leach, leech, outreach, peach, pleach, preach, reach, screech, speech, teach

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