all-time

all-time ˈall-time adjective
all-time low/​high/​peak/​record the lowest or highest that something has ever been:

• The news caused the dollar to fall to an all-time low against the euro.

• Orders rose 35% to an all-time high for May.

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all-time UK US /ˌɔːlˈtaɪm/ adjective [before noun]
the highest, lowest, best, etc. that something has ever been: an all-time high/low/record »

In October, the stock hit an all-time high of $90.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • all-time — adj. 1. unsurpassed in some respect up to the present. prices at an all time high; morale at an all time low; among the all time great lefthanders [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all-time — adj used when you compare things to say that one of them is the best, worst etc that there has ever been an all time high/low ▪ The price of wheat had reached an all time low. ▪ They reached an all time record score …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • all-time — (adj.) during recorded time, 1910, American English, from ALL (Cf. all) + TIME (Cf. time) (n.). Earlier it had been used in a sense full time, of employment, or in opposition to one time (1883) …   Etymology dictionary

  • all-time — all ,time adjective only before noun used for comparing someone or something with all the other people or things of the same type that have ever existed: Bogart has got to be one of the all time greats. Interest rates are at an all time high …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • all-time — adjective unsurpassed in some respect up to the present (Freq. 1) prices at an all time high morale at an all time low among the all time great lefthanders • Similar to: ↑incomparable, ↑uncomparable * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ …   Useful english dictionary

  • all-time — ADJ: ADJ n You use all time when you are comparing all the things of a particular type that there have ever been. For example, if you say that something is the all time best, you mean that it is the best thing of its type that there has ever been …   English dictionary

  • all-time — adjective Date: 1914 1. full time 1 2. being for or of all time up to and including the present; especially exceeding all others of all time < an all time best seller > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • all-time — adjective 1 all time high/low/best etc the highest, lowest etc level there has ever been: The price of wheat reached an all time low of 42 cents in 1932. 2 all time record/classic etc the best ever known: He s one of pro football s all time great …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • all-time — /awl tuym /, adj. 1. never surpassed or greater: Production will reach an all time high. 2. regarded as such in its entire history: an all time favorite song. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • all time —  Many authorities object to this expression in constructions such as She was almost certainly the greatest female sailor of all time (Daily Telegraph) on the grounds that all time extends to the future as well as the past and we cannot possibly… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors


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