- All the parts which compose a whole collection or aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite number." Every man at his best state is altogether vanity." [Ps. xxxix. 5.]" Every door and window was adorned with wreaths of flowers." [Macaulay.]
- Every one. Cf. Each.(Obs)"
Everyof your wishes." [Shak.]"Daily occasions given to every of us." [Hooker.]synonyms: Every Each Any."In each division there were four pentecosties, in every pentecosty four enomoties, and of each enomoty there fought in the front rank four [soldiers]." [Jowett (Thucyd. ).]"If society is to be kept together and the children of Adam to be saved from setting up each for himself with every one else his foe." [J. H. Newman.]
Note: ☞ Every may, by way of emphasis, precede the article the with a superlative adjective; as, every the least variation.
Usage: Any denotes one, or some, taken indifferently from the individuals which compose a class. Every differs from each in giving less prominence to the selection of the individual. Each relates to two or more individuals of a class. It refers definitely to every one of them, denoting that they are considered separately, one by one, all being included; as, each soldier was receiving a dollar per day. Every relates to more than two and brings into greater prominence the notion that not one of all considered is excepted; as, every soldier was on service, except the cavalry, that is, all the soldiers, etc.
Etymology: OE. everich everilk; AS. ǣfre ever + ælc each. See Ever each