al|read|y [ ɔl`redi ] adverb ***
1. ) before now used for saying that something has happened before now or before another point in time:
He's only 24, but he's already achieved worldwide fame.
The gang leader had already left the country.
Put your wallet away. I've already paid for everything.
2. ) continuing from the past used for saying that a situation has started to exist and still continues:
By the time the doctor arrived, I was already beginning to feel better.
Why waste time telling people things that they already know?
3. ) before you expected sooner than you were expecting:
What, tired already? I don't believe it!
Is it twelve o'clock already?
4. ) used for emphasizing a bad situation if you say that a bad situation exists already, you mean that you do not want it to get any worse:
Look, I already have enough problems as it is.
We'd better hurry we're twenty minutes late already.
5. ) immediately AMERICAN SPOKEN used for telling someone that they should do something immediately:
Stop messing around and get in here already!
=> YET

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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