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every

eve·ry

every

 
 
pronunciation:
ev ri
phrases:
every now and then, every once in a while, every so often
features:
Note
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: being each and all constituents of a group.
Every seat in the theater was taken.
similar words:
all
definition 2: the greatest degree of; all possible.
They showed me every courtesy.
similar words:
all
phrase: every now and then
phrase: every once in a while
phrase: every so often
each or every?
Use each when you want to emphasize one person or thing in a group at a time. Use every when you want to emphasize the group as a whole, but as made up of individual people or things.
Compare:
  • Each child got to choose one treat.
  • Every child in the class is important.
  • She put each loaf of bread on the shelf.
  • Every item in the store has an SKU.