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already

[ awl-red-ee ]
/ ɔlˈrɛd i /
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adverb

by this or that time; previously; prior to or at some specified or implied time: When we came in, we found they had already arrived.
now; so soon; so early: Is it noon already?
Informal. (used as an intensifier to express exasperation or impatience): Let's go already!

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RELATED WORDS

previously, then, before, earlier, once, formerly, heretofore, now

Nearby words

alport's syndrome, alprazolam, alprostadil, alps, alps, australian, already, alright, als, alsace, alsace-lorraine, alsatia

Origin of already

1350–1400; Middle English al redy “all ready”; what originally meant “completely (all) ready” and modified the subject (The porter all ready was there) was taken adverbially as modifying the predicate (The porter already was there, meaning “from an earlier time”)

Usage note

Although already and all ready are often indistinguishable in speech, the written forms have distinct meanings and uses. The phrase all ready means “entirely ready” or “prepared” ( I was all ready to leave on vacation ). Already means “previously” ( The plane had already left the airport ) or “so soon” ( Is it lunchtime already? ).
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for already

already

/ (ɔːlˈrɛdɪ) /

adverb

by or before a stated or implied timehe is already here
at a time earlier than expectedis it ten o'clock already?
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for already

already


adv.

c.1300, compound of all + ready (adj.); literally "fully ready." Cf. Norwegian, Danish allerede "already." Colloquial use in U.S. as a terminal emphatic (e.g. enough, already!) is attested from 1903, translating Yiddish shoyn, which is used in same sense. The pattern also is attested in Pennsylvania German and in South African.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper