Definition of all-around in English:

all-around

Syllabification: all-a·round
(British all-round)

adjective

1Having many uses or abilities; versatile: an all-around artist
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  • Criteria for election to the Hall of Fame certainly should include a candidate's all-around ability on offense and defense, as well as his consistent contributions to winning games for his team.
  • Ewing was perhaps the best catcher of the 19th century with his all-around ability.
  • In short, he needs to get back to the versatile, all-around player he was in November.
1.1In many or all respects: his all-around excellence
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  • Mystery fans will certainly want to lasso themselves a copy of this all-around excellent series, but they should be aware of what they're getting, and this set is not even near as complete as it should be.
  • The Hunt for Red October is an all-around excellent film, filled with a great script, a beautiful ensemble set of quality actors, and smart direction.
  • Then, three years later, came Romantica, a sweet, hook-filled and all-around excellent record that happened to be their best yet.
1.2Comprehensive; extensive: the need of college students for an all-around education
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  • He said the ACSI would promote an all-around approach to education - that students maintain a good academic record as well as achievement in sports.
  • It's easy to play the victim because it lets us make excuses for not achieving what we really want in life, whether it's a new job, higher education, or to be an all-around better person.
  • After the all-around exchanges of respect were completed between the eight of us, and as my father was taking his seat, I received my second surprise of the night.

noun

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An event in which the scores of each individual exercise are totaled to determine the winner.
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  • In world championship all-arounds, he was 15th in ‘74, 12th in ‘78 and 18th in ‘79.
  • Again, the top eight in each event and top four all-arounds move up to the next level.
  • Six teams have qualified in each of the six regions in addition to five all-arounds not on a qualifying team and four individual event specialists from non-qualifying schools.

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