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[ev-ree-thing] /ˈɛv riˌθɪŋ/
every single thing or every particular of an aggregate or total; all.
something extremely important:
This news means everything to us.
something that is extremely or most important:
Money is his everything.
Origin of everything
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at every, thing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No one knows what that man suffers; it makes him gloomy all the time about everything.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I told Coplen to offer her a million cash for everything rather'n have any fuss.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • And jest when I was lookin' forward to luxury and palaces in England, and everything so grand!

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But do give me a moment, everything is all so whirling and hazy.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Like everything else in that neighborhood, it was covered with picture writing.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
British Dictionary definitions for everything


the entirety of a specified or implied class: she lost everything in the War
a great deal, esp of something very important: she means everything to me
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for everything

late 14c., from every + thing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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In addition to the idiom beginning with everything also see: hold everything
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