from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having many purposes or uses: an all-purpose thread.

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  • adj. for all purposes; general-purpose

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. not limited in use or function.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not limited in use or function


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  • This is a very simple, all-purpose sauce that you can freeze in ice-cube trays.

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  • In many ways, Ms. Peyroux's blend of jazz, pop, country, blues and folk music has been a precursor of the formula that has sold millions of records for Norah Jones in the last decade, and the archetype for the generic, all-purpose voice that is inescapable these days, when almost every singer that comes over the loudspeaker at Starbucks offers some variation on the Peyroux-Jones sound.

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  • A great, all-purpose rule is, position yourself as far away from the food as possible.

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