|Origin:||æfre ælc 'ever each'|
ev‧ery S1 W1 [always followed by a singular countable noun]
used to refer to all the people or things in a particular group or all the parts of something:
We looked carefully at every car that drove past.
Every child will receive a certificate at the end of the course.
I enjoyed every minute of the film.
I listened carefully to every word he said.
every single (=used to emphasize that you mean 'all')
He seems to know every single person in the school.
every last drop/bit/scrap etc (=all of something, including even the smallest amount of it)! Each or every? ➔ see usage note each
They made us pick up every last scrap of paper.
used to say how often something happens
every day/week/month etc (=at least once on each day, in each week etc)
They see each other every day.
Richard visits his mother every week.
every few seconds/ten days etc
Re-apply your sunscreen every two hours.
Freda had to stop to rest every hundred metres or so (=each time she had gone 100 metres).
used to say how much distance there is between the things in a line
every few feet/ten yards etc
There were traffic lights every ten yards.
The roof leaks every time it rains.
4 also every so often
sometimes, but not often or regularly:
I still see her every now and then.
the first, third, fifth etc or the second, fourth, sixth etc:
You only need to water plants every other day.
I visit my parents every other weekend.
used to show how common something is:
In Britain, one in every three marriages now ends in divorce.
the strongest or greatest possible:
We wish you every happiness in your new home.
There is every chance that he will recover.
We have every reason to believe that the operation will be a success.
We have every intention of winning this competition.
in all ways:
The school's much better now in every way.
used to emphasize that something is equally as good, important etc as something else:
Taking regular exercise is every bit as important as having a healthy diet.
I loved him every bit as much as she did.
used to mean 'everyone' or 'anyone', especially when you disapprove because there is no limit on who can be included:
I didn't want every Tom, Dick and Harry knowing about my private life.
11 American English informal
in every direction:
The kids ran off every which way.
➔ every inchat inch1 (3)WORD CHOICE:
each, everyIt is often correct to use either each or every, but they have slightly different meanings.Use each when you are thinking about the people or things in a group separately, one by one • Each student came forward to receive a medal (emphasizes that they came forward one after another) • Each time you exercise, you get a little stronger.Use every when you are thinking about the whole group of people or things together, with no exceptions • Every student was given a prize (emphasizes that everyone in the group got a prize) • Warm up every time you exercise.!! Do not use each with words such as 'almost', 'nearly', or 'not'. Use every • Almost every window was broken. • Not every child enjoyed the party.!! Do not use each in negative clauses. Use none • None of the answers were correct (NOT Each of the answers were not correct).GRAMMAReach and every are followed by a singular verb • Each item was checked. • Every member wears a uniform.each and every are usually followed by a singular pronoun or determiner (he, she, it, his, himself etc) • Each component can be replaced separately if it breaks. • Every woman must decide for herself.But you can use 'they', 'them', 'their' etc when you do not want to say whether people are male or female • Every child has their own room. ➔ See also each