Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • pronoun All things or all of a group of things.
  • pronoun All relevant matters.
  • pronoun The most important fact or consideration.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun All things, taken separately; any total or aggregate, considered with reference to its constituent parts; each separate item or particular: as, everything in the house or in the world; everything one says or does.
  • noun That which is important in the highest degree: as, it will be everything to him to get this office.
  • noun Very much; a great deal: as, he thinks everything of her.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Whatever pertains to the subject under consideration; all things.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • pronoun literally All the things under discussion.
  • pronoun colloquial Many or most things.
  • pronoun colloquial A state of well-being (from all parts of the whole).

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

every +‎ thing

Examples

  • You go on myspace and read everything, and you read all their friends, and you know * everything*. danah: Stigma.

    Liz Henry: BlogHer Day Two: Sensitive Topics and Outreach

  • I look at the screen and I see this character who is the hero of a action-comedy space opera, and I know that everything I see, *everything* I see, I see because writers and actors and directors wanted me to see this.

    2006 year in fic review, or: Did I really do *that*?

  • Apparently when everything around me is quiet, my brain decides to make up for the silence and think and over analyze everything…

    goldylockz22 Diary Entry

  • She's just traded identities -- and everything else she does -- _everything_ else -- stems logically out of her delusional premise.

    Brain Twister

  • With everything (and I mean _everything_) coming into my mind for the past twenty-three years, haven't I learned enough to make decisions for myself?

    Second Sight

  • She's just traded identities -- and everything else she does -- _everything_ else -- stems logically out of her delusional premise.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady

  • I have lost many a thing; and when I was boasting just now that I had everything in my sack, I was guilty of exaggeration, as men of limited capacity are, in the use of the two words _everything_ and _nothing_.

    Harper's Young People, February 24, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly

  • There are plenty of women who take everything -- _everything_ -- and give nothing in return.

    Swirling Waters

  • "I told him it was against my duty, sir; but he told me I must never dispute the Church, so he walked in and examined everything -- _everything_; he even opened the cupboards."

    The False Chevalier or, The Lifeguard of Marie Antoinette

  • And then I felt so cosy and warm and safe that I told her everything -- _everything_, all about Mother Lynch and how my plans for the House of Laughter had failed at first, and then the

    Red-Robin

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  • 11 Wordies have everything. I'm not sure I'd want everything. I'm a bit short on cupboard space.

    October 5, 2008