1 det You use every to indicate that you are referring to all the members of a group or all the parts of something and not only some of them.
Record every expenditure you make., ...recipes for every occasion.
Every is also an adjective., adj poss ADJ n
His every utterance will be scrutinized...
2 det You use every in order to say how often something happens or to indicate that something happens at regular intervals.
We were made to attend meetings every day..., A burglary occurs every three minutes in London..., They meet here every Friday morning.
3 det You use every in front of a number when you are saying what proportion of people or things something happens to or applies to.
out of/in/for DET amount
Two out of every three Britons already own a video recorder..., About one in every 20 people have clinical depression...
4 det You can use every before some nouns, for example `sign', `effort', `reason', and `intention' in order to emphasize what you are saying.
DET sing-n (emphasis, Antonym: no)
The Congressional Budget Office says the federal deficit shows every sign of getting larger..., I think that there is every chance that you will succeed..., Every care has been taken in compiling this list.
5 adj If you say that someone's every whim, wish, or desire will be satisfied, you are emphasizing that everything they want will happen or be provided.
poss ADJ n (emphasis)
Dozens of servants had catered to his every whim.
6 You use every in the expressions every now and then, every now and again, every once in a while, and every so often in order to indicate that something happens occasionally.
every now and then etc phrase PHR after v, PHR with cl
Stir the batter every now and then to keep it from separating..., Every so often the horse's heart and lungs are checked.
7 If something happens every other day or every second day, for example, it happens one day, then does not happen the next day, then happens the day after that, and so on. You can also say that something happens every third week, every fourth year, and so on.
every other day/every second day etc phrase PHR after v, PHR with cl
I went home every other week...
every bit as good as
every which way