all-purpose

[ awl-pur-puh s ]
/ ˈɔlˈpɜr pəs /

adjective

for every purpose: an all-purpose detergent.

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Origin of all-purpose

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for all-purpose

all-purpose

adjective

useful for many things
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