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Related to already: All ready


1. By this or a specified time: The children were already asleep when we got home.
2. So soon: Are you quitting already?
3. Informal Used as an intensive: Be quiet already. Enough already.

[Middle English alredi : al, all; see all + redi, ready; see ready.]


1. by or before a stated or implied time: he is already here.
2. at a time earlier than expected: is it ten o'clock already?.


(ɔlˈrɛd i)

1. previously; prior to or at some specified or implied time.
2. so soon; so early.
3. Informal. (used as an intensifier to express exasperation or impatience): Let's go already!
[1350–1400; Middle English al redy literally, “all ready”]
usage: The written forms already and all ready have distinct uses and meanings. already means “previously” (The plane had already landed) or “so soon” (It's December already). The phrase all ready means “entirely ready, prepared”: I was all ready to leave for church.


1. referring to an action

You use already to say that something has happened before now, or that it has happened sooner than expected. When referring to an action, most speakers of British English use a perfect form with already. They put already after have, has, or had, or at the end of a clause.

He had already left when I arrived.
I've had tea already, thank you.

Many speakers of American English, and some speakers of British English, use the past simple instead of the present perfect. For example, instead of saying 'I have already met him', they say 'I already met him' or 'I met him already'.

You already woke up the kids.
I told you already – he's a professor.
2. referring to a situation

Already is also used to say that a situation exists at an earlier time than expected.

If there is no auxiliary verb, you put already in front of the verb, unless the verb is be.

She already knows the answer.
By the middle of June the society already had more than 1000 members.

If the verb is be, you put already after it.

It was already dark.
Tickets are already available online.

If there is an auxiliary verb, you put already after the auxiliary verb.

This species is already considered endangered.

If there is more than one auxiliary verb, you put already after the first one.

Portable computers can already be plugged into TV sets.

You can put already at the beginning of a sentence for emphasis.

Already the company is three quarters of the way to the target.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.already - prior to a specified or implied timealready - prior to a specified or implied time; "she has already graduated"


adverb before now, before, previously, at present, by now, by then, even now, by this time, just now, by that time, heretofore, as of now They've spent nearly a billion dollars on it already.


At a time in the past:
بِالفِعْلسَابِقَاً، قَبْل الآن، قَد، الآنقَبْل الوَقْت المُتَوَقَّع
déjàd’ores et déjà
òegaròegar, strax
predsa už


[ɔːlˈredɪ] ADVya
Liz had already goneLiz ya se había ido
is it finished already?¿ya está terminado?
that's enough already! (US) → ¡basta!, ¡ya está bien!


[ˌɔːlˈrɛdi] advdéjà
Liz had already gone → Liz était déjà partie.
Is it five o'clock already? → Il est déjà cinq heures ?


advschon; I’ve already seen it, I’ve seen it alreadyich habe es schon gesehen


[ɔːlˈrɛdɪ] advgià


(oːlˈredi) adverb
1. before a particular time; previously. I had already gone when Tom arrived; I don't want that book – I've read it already.
2. before the expected time. Are you leaving already?; He hasn't gone already, has he?


بِالفِعْل již allerede schon ήδη ya jo déjà već già すでに 이미 reeds allerede już уже redan แล้ว zaten đã 已经


adv. ya.
References in classic literature ?
Meg was already covering the buckwheats, and piling the bread into one big plate.
He was forty-five then and already he had begun the practice of filling his pock- ets with the scraps of paper that became hard balls and were thrown away.
North of the house, inside the ploughed fire-breaks, grew a thick-set strip of box-elder trees, low and bushy, their leaves already turning yellow.
He was already acquainted with the market reports, and he glanced restlessly over the editorials and bits of news which he had not had time to read before quitting New Orleans the day before.
Already had his fair fame been tarnished by one horrid scene, and in circumstances fearfully resembling those under which he how found himself.
I was pretty well satisfied with what I had already accomplished.
I already felt myself falling in love with its unseen owner.
Five grown men, and three of them--Trelawney, Redruth, and the captain--over six feet high, was already more than she was meant to carry.
I have already said that this magnificent function was being given on the occasion of the retirement of M.
I have learned since that, so far from my being the first discoverer of the Martian overthrow, several such wanderers as myself had already discovered this on the previous night.
The parts of Tragedy which must be treated as elements of the whole have been already mentioned.
But I had already clutched at the idea and would not give it up.