adjective (only before noun) able to be used in any situation: an all-purpose cleaner

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  • all-purpose — (adj.) by 1883, from ALL (Cf. all) + PURPOSE (Cf. purpose) …   Etymology dictionary

  • all-purpose — adj. 1. not limited in use or function. Syn: general purpose. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all-purpose — adj [only before noun] able to be used in any situation ▪ an all purpose cleaner …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • all-purpose — all ,purpose adjective able to be used in a lot of different ways: an all purpose stain remover …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • all-purpose — [ôl′pʉr΄pəs] adj. for every pertinent purpose; useful in many ways …   English World dictionary

  • all-purpose — index practical Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • all-purpose — ADJ: ADJ n You use all purpose to refer to things that have lots of different uses or can be used in lots of different situations. You can substitute all purpose flour if you cannot find pastry flour …   English dictionary

  • all-purpose — /awl perr peuhs/, adj. for every purpose: an all purpose detergent. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • all-purpose — adj. All purpose is used with these nouns: ↑cleaner, ↑flour …   Collocations dictionary

  • all-purpose — UK / US adjective able to be used in a lot of different ways an all purpose stain remover …   English dictionary

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