/'evri/ determiner
1 each one of a group of things or people that make a group or set: Every student has to fill in a questionnaire. (=all the students) | every single: Unfortunately the President disagreed with every single thing his aides said.
2 used to emphasize that you are talking about the whole of something: Victor ate every bit of his meal. | What a wonderful movie! I enjoyed every minute of it. | every word (=everything someone says or writes): I know every word of his songs by heart.
3 every time each time; whenever (1): Every time I see him, he looks miserable.
4 every day/every 3 weeks/every 10 years etc used to say that something happens at regular periods of time, after a certain distance etc: Richard visits his mother every week. | You should change the oil every 5,000 miles. | Freda had to stop to rest every hundred yards or so.
5 one in every hundred/two in every thousand etc used when saying how often something affects a particular group of people or things: Thirty children in every hundred born in Mali will die before the age of five.
6 in every way in all ways: My new job's better than my old one in every way.
7 every other the first, third, fifth etc or the second, fourth, sixth etc of things that can be counted: Apply the ointment every other day. | I see Harold every other Friday.
8 every bit as used when saying strongly that someone is just as good, important as someone else: She was every bit as rude as her sister.
9 every Tom, Dick, and Harry spoken an expression meaning everyone or anyone used especially when talking about people you don't approve of: She didn't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry knowing about her private affairs.
10 every hope/chance/reason etc as much hope, chance, reason etc as possible: There is every chance that you will succeed. (=you probably will): We have every reason to believe that Hodges is telling the truth. | The airline takes every possible precaution to ensure the safety of its passengers.
11 every last drop/bit/scrap etc informal every single drop, piece etc: Robert had to pick up every last bit of paper from the floor.
12 every now and then/again also every so often sometimes but not often: I still see her every now and then.
13 every which way AmE informal in every direction: The rain came down and the crowd in the field ran every which way.
—see each 1 USAGE NOTE: EVERY SPELLING Everyone written as one word is only used about people and can never be followed by of. Every one can be used about anything and is always used with an of phrase either stated or suggested: Every one of your tires needs replacing. | There are five thousand people living here and almost every one (of them) has their own car (=every one of the group mentioned has a car). Everybody is written as one word. Every body would mean `every dead body'. Every day is spelled as two words as an adverb but only one word as an adjective: She swims every day. | the everyday life of Scottish highlanders. Note that you never say every days. Everything and everywhere are single words every time is two words.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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