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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: all ready 'completely ready'

already

adverb
     
al‧read‧y S1 W1
1 before now, or before a particular time:
The design of the new house is similar to those that have already been built.
The performance had already started when we arrived.
2 used to say that something has been done before and does not need doing again:
You already told me that.
'Fancy a coffee?' 'No thanks, I already have one.'
3 used to say that something has happened too soon or before the expected time:
Have you eaten all that food already?
Is it 5 o'clock already?
4 used to say that a situation exists and it might get worse, greater, etc:
Hurry up, we're already late.
! already or yet?see usage note yet1

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