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OK

adverb or adjective \ ō-ˈkā , in assenting or agreeing also ˈō-ˌkā \
variants: or okay or less commonly ok
: all right
  • OK, Doctor, I'll let you know
  • —John Hersey

Origin and Etymology of ok

abbreviation of oll korrect, facetious alteration of all correct

ok Synonyms

Phrases

up to snuff;


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OK

noun \ ō-ˈkā \
variants: or okay

Examples of ok in a Sentence

  1. We need her OK on this before we place the order.

  2. The boss gave his okay.

Origin and Etymology of ok

see 1OK

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OK

verb \ ō-ˈkā \
variants: or okay
OK'd or okayed; OK'ing or okaying

Examples of ok in a Sentence

  1. The boss needs to OK this before we place the order.

  2. a judge will have to OK the search warrant

Origin and Etymology of ok

see 1OK



OK Defined for English Language Learners

OK

  • : fairly good : not very good or very bad

  • : acceptable or agreeable

  • : not ill, hurt, unhappy, etc.


OK

  • : approval or permission


OK

  • : to approve (something) : to say or decide that (something) will be allowed


OK Defined for Kids

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OK

adverb or adjective
variants: or okay \ō-ˈkā\
: all right I think I did OK on the test. She's not the smartest kid, but she's an okay student.

History for ok

In the 1830s Boston newspapers were full of abbreviations. Just about anything might be abbreviated. N.G. stood for “no go.” A.R. stood for “all right.” Soon some phrases were spelled wrong on purpose and then abbreviated. K.G., for “know go,” was used instead of N.G. O.W., “oll wright,” was used instead of A.R. O.K., “oll korrect,” was used instead of A.C. The fad faded, but the one abbreviation O.K. caught on and is still widely used.

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OK

noun
variants: or okay
: approval 2
  • I need your OK to begin.

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OK

verb
variants: or okay
OK'd or okayed; OK'ing or okaying

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OK

abbreviation
Oklahoma


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