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Related to at all: et al, Not At All
1. In any manner. Wow, I didn't know she could dance at all, let alone breakdance!
2. To any degree; in any way. I don't care about him at all.
without qualification. (See the examples for word order variations.) It really wasn't very cold at all. It really wasn't at all cold. Tom will eat anything at all.
1. In any way or manner, as in Is she able to sing at all?
2. To any extent, as in Was she at all surprised?
3. For any reason, as in Why bother at all?
4. In the slightest degree, under any circumstances, as in She simply refused to walk at all. This construction often occurs in the negative, as in He was not at all frightened. All four senses of this phrase date from the mid-1300s.
(not) at ˈall(used with a negative, in a question or in an if -clause) in any way; to any degree: This isn’t at all what I expected. ♢ Are you hungry at all? ♢ If you’re at all unhappy about taking the job, then don’t.
1. In any way: unable to walk at all.
2. To any extent; whatever: not at all sorry.