From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishoverallo‧ver‧all1 /ˌəʊvərˈɔːl◂ $ ˌoʊvərˈɒːl◂/ ●●○ S3 W2 AWL adjective [only before noun] ALL/EVERYTHINGconsidering or including everything The overall cost of the exhibition was £400,000. The overall result is an increase in population. An overall winner and a runner-up were chosen. We don’t want all the details now, just the overall picture.
Examples from the Corpusoverall• Conference members agreed on an overall approach to drug abuse that focuses on prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.• His attitude towards his job seemed consistent with his overall approach to life.• He said it should be possible to provide delegation of responsibility to regional staff, without prejudicing overall control.• The overall cost of the trip is $500.• Difficulties that arise from the overall direction of society can then be dumped on a single social group.• Even though some of the details are badly done, the overall effect of the painting is very dramatic.• Day-to-day survival adds perhaps less to overall future genetic investment than does populating a new habitat.• The final effect on the overall level of unemployment is uncertain.• Larger companies in the industry acquired smaller companies, while the overall market demand for propane remained relatively stable.• Also the combination of both activities enables banks to reduce overall operating costs.• This would have the advantage of allowing forward planning in terms of an overall residential training programme for 1988 and 1989.• Analysts here noted this was an insignificant drop when considered against the overall value of Wall Street stock listings.overalloverall2 ●●○ AWL adverb 1 ALL/EVERYTHINGconsidering or including everything Williams came fifth overall. What will it cost, overall?2 [sentence adverb]IN GENERAL generally Overall, prices are still rising.
Examples from the Corpusoverall• The project budget is around $25 million overall.• Miller, Dawes, Moceanu and Strug all placed in the top 11 overall.• There are more women in positions of power-though their numbers overall are still pitifully few.• And so, overall, few new jobs would be created.• Overall, it's been a good year.• Most patients are dead within a year of the diagnosis and overall, less than 1% live more than five years.• Six out of 10 Labour supporters, and 69 % of voters overall, opposed joining the euro.• At Merrill overall, the estimated increase in pay and benefits per employee is 3 %, according to Johnson Associates Inc.• One or two products didn't do so well, but overall we've had a highly successful year.overallo‧ver‧all3 /ˈəʊvərɔːl $ ˈoʊvərɒːl/ noun 1 [countable] British EnglishDCC a loose-fitting piece of clothing like a coat, that is worn over clothes to protect them2 → overalls3 → overalls
Examples from the Corpusoverall• The woman in the grey overall serving customers looked just like anyone else.• I am wearing overalls and a striped pullover I hate because it reminds me of the clothes men wear on chain gangs.• You will then change into a set of white overalls which are made of paper.