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pronoun     everything pronunciation in British English
When everything is a subject, it is used with a singular verb.
  1. 1
    all the things, activities etc that are involved in a situation

    The earthquake destroyed everything within a 25-mile radius.

    Everything’s done by computer nowadays.

    everything else:

    If you put the books back on the shelves, I’ll put everything else away.

    everything from something to something (=used for emphasizing that there is a wide range of things):

    The restaurant serves everything from beer and wine to exotic cocktails.

  2. 2
    life in general, or a particular situation

    You look upset – is everything all right?

    Why do you always have to spoil everything, Debbie?

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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