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Definitions of each word
- adjective each every one of two or more considered individually or one by one: each stone in a building; a hallway with a door at each end. 1
- adverb each to, from, or for each; apiece: They cost a dollar each. 1
- noun each The adjective each is always followed by a singular noun: each person; each book. When the adjective follows a plural subject, the verb agrees with the subject: They each dress in different styles. The houses each have central heating. When the pronoun each comes immediately before the verb, it always takes a singular verb: Each comes (not come) from a different country. When the pronoun is followed by an of phrase containing a plural noun or pronoun, there is a tendency for the verb to be plural: Each of the candidates has (or have) spoken on the issue. Some usage guides maintain that only the singular verb is correct, but plural verbs occur frequently even in edited writing. It is also sometimes said that the pronoun each must always be referred to by a singular pronoun, but again actual usage does not regularly observe this stricture: Each member of our garden club had their own special interests. In the most formal speech and writing, singular verbs and pronouns occur more frequently than plural: Each member … had his own special interests. The use of plural forms, especially plural pronouns, has been increasing in the United States, partially because of the desire to avoid using he or his to refer to a female. Anyone, anybody, everyone, everybody, no one, someone, and somebody follow the same general patterns of pronoun agreement as each. See also they. 1
- noun each Used to refer to every one of two or more people or things, regarded and identified separately. 1
- adjective each every one of 1
- pronoun each each one 1
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Origin of each
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English eche, Old English ælc, equivalent to ā ever (see ay1) + (ge)līc alike; cognate with Old High German ēo-gilīh, Old Frisian ellīk, Dutch, Low German elk
Parts of speech for Each
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for each
- all — You use all to indicate that you are referring to the whole of a particular group or thing or to everyone or everything of a particular kind.
- any — You use any in statements with negative meaning to indicate that no thing or person of a particular type exists, is present, or is involved in a situation.
- individual — a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
- one by one — being or amounting to a single unit or individual or entire thing, item, or object rather than two or more; a single: one woman; one nation; one piece of cake.
- particular — of or relating to a single or specific person, thing, group, class, occasion, etc., rather than to others or all; special rather than general: one's particular interests in books.
- individually — one at a time; separately: The delegates were introduced individually.
- separately — to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space: to separate two fields by a fence.
- aside — If you move something aside, you move it to one side of you.
- per — for each; for every: Membership costs ten dollars per year. This cloth is two dollars per yard.
- singly — apart from others; separately.
- one — being or amounting to a single unit or individual or entire thing, item, or object rather than two or more; a single: one woman; one nation; one piece of cake.
- each and every one — all
- each other — Although some insist that each other be used only in reference to two (The two candidates respected each other) and one another in reference to three or more (The three nations threaten one another), in standard practice they are interchangeable. Each other is not restricted to two, nor is one another restricted to three or more. The possessive of each other is each other's; the possessive of one another is one another's.
- one and all — being or amounting to a single unit or individual or entire thing, item, or object rather than two or more; a single: one woman; one nation; one piece of cake.
- one another — each other
- both — You use both when you are referring to two people or things and saying that something is true about each of them.
- a bit — A bit of something is a small amount of it.
- a little — small in size; not big; not large; tiny: a little desk in the corner of the room.
- in general — of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category: a general meeting of the employees.
Antonyms for each
- none — to no extent; in no way; not at all: The supply is none too great.
- together — into or in one gathering, company, mass, place, or body: to call the people together.
- collectively — formed by collection.
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