Definition of all-around in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôləˈround/
(British all-round)


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.


An event in which the scores of each individual exercise are totaled to determine the winner.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: all-a·round

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