Definition of overall in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvərɔːl/
Taking everything into account: the governors and head have overall responsibility for managing the school the overall effect is impressive
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  • The Montreal-based body has overall responsibility for global drug testing.
  • The details may be small, but the overall effect is one of everything being exactly where it should be.
  • He will also address the general outlook for the overall industry within the country.
all-inclusive, general, comprehensive, universal, all-embracing, gross, net, final, inclusive;
master, ruling, sweeping, wholesale, complete, blanket, across the board, umbrella, global, worldwide, international, pandemic, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast, company-wide


Pronunciation: /əʊvərˈɔːl/
[sentence adverb]
Taken as a whole; in all: overall, 10,000 jobs will go
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  • The sauce, though, was excellent, and overall the whole dish just about passed muster.
  • But overall the car seems quite good and I think we are in good shape again for the race.
  • Athletics and Cricket were in the summer, which meant overall we did mainly did four sets of sport.
generally, in general, generally speaking, altogether, all in all, on balance, on average, for the most part, mostly, in the main, on the whole, largely, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree;
predominantly, mainly, chiefly, as a rule, principally, basically, substantially


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvərɔːl/
(usually overalls)
1British A loose-fitting coat or one-piece garment worn, typically over ordinary clothes, for protection against dirt or heavy wear: men in grubby blue overalls a pair of overalls
More example sentences
  • When he had done, his mug empty, he went to his wardrobe where he pulled out a clean pair of underpants and a blue overall.
  • A man wearing an orange overall was sweeping the street while others were running.
  • The picture of men paint spraying in their ordinary clothes, rather than wearing protective overalls and without protective face masks, says it all.
1.1 (overalls) British Close-fitting trousers formerly worn as part of an army uniform, now only on ceremonial or formal occasions.
Example sentences
  • It replaces shirts and overalls with more practical roll-neck jumpers and combat-style trousers with large pockets.
  • There is a column of war invalids, and many are wearing white overalls as if to bring the idea of militarized science into view.
1.2North American Dungarees.
Example sentences
  • My green overalls and green shirt with my red jean jacket were my choice for today.
  • Dress suitable for agriculture such as overalls, shirts, and boots is popular.
  • Its 200 highly trained members dress in white overalls, padded clothing and crash helmets to protect themselves against police batons and shields.



Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvərɔːld/
Example sentences
  • White overalled technicians walk amongst fully body-suited men in masks, who are handling more dangerous looking equipment and substances.
  • In the darkened operations room below decks, grey overalled officers and sailors watched an approaching blip on their radar screens.
  • Just inside the gates, an overalled gardener with a gentle face is poking insincerely at the dripping rhododendrons with a pair of secateurs.

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