all right

adjective

Definition of all right

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : satisfactory, agreeable Whatever you decide is all right with me.
2 : safe, well He was ill but he's all right now.
3 informal : good, pleasing often used as a generalized term of approvalan all right guy

all right

adverb

Definition of all right (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : beyond doubt : certainly She has pneumonia all right.
2 used interjectionally especially to express agreement or resignation or to indicate the resumption of a discussionAll right, we can do that if you want.All right, let's go.
3 : well enough : satisfactorily He does all right in school.

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all right or alright?: Usage Guide

Adjective

Although the spelling alright is nearly as old as all right, some critics have insisted alright is all wrong. Nevertheless it has its defenders and its users, who perhaps have been influenced by analogy with altogether and already. It is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing. It is quite common in fictional dialogue and is sometimes found in more formal writing. the first two years of medical school were alright — Gertrude Stein

Examples of all right in a Sentence

Adjective The quality of his work is all right but not outstanding. Her first movie was pretty bad but her second one was all right. Is it all right to leave early? Is this movie all right for children? He was very sick but now he's all right again. “Are you hurt?” “No, I'm all right.” She was upset when her boyfriend left, but she's all right now. Adverb She does all right in school. The engine was sputtering when I started it, but it's running all right now. “How's your father?” “He was pretty sick, but he's doing all right now.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Hollywood glamour is all right, but Ginger, one suspects, would grow bored and boring after a while. Robert Lloyd, chicagotribune.com, "Appreciation: In just three seasons of ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dawn Wells left a lasting mark," 31 Dec. 2020 But the Browns snatched it all right back with a play that worked perfectly. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Did the Browns finally play a complete game against the Titans? 3 Quick Thoughts," 6 Dec. 2020 My earliest memories of this album are it being played while mom set up the tree and the Madej fam got the house ready for Christmas and everything seemed all right in the world. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Holiday playlist: 5 local musicians share favorite festive tunes," 22 Dec. 2020 That said, rivalry games have their place, and UCLA would certainly be all right with scuttling any remote playoff chance the Trojans might have. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Five games in Week 15 that will impact the College Football Playoff," 12 Dec. 2020 Going forward, just all right is not going to cut it for the Gators. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators host Arkansas aiming to build on Georgia win, sharpen championship form," 13 Nov. 2020 Oh all right, the Super Bowls were actually pretty great, too. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "There's no crying in newsrooms on election night, no matter who wins. Here's how it works," 31 Oct. 2020 The Reatta is nearly viceless, all right, but also nearly soulless. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1988 Buick Reatta," 27 Nov. 2020 These solutions are limited and imperfect, but that’s all right. Mark Satta, The Conversation, "3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it," 18 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'all right.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of all right

Adjective

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of all right was in the 15th century

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“All right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20right. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for all right

all right

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of all right

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fairly good
: acceptable or agreeable
: suitable or appropriate

all right

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of all right (Entry 2 of 2)

: fairly well : well enough
: beyond doubt
used to ask for or express agreement, acceptance, or understanding often used in a way that shows annoyance or reluctance

all right

adverb

Kids Definition of all right

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fairly well : well enough She does all right in school.
2 used to show agreement, acceptance, annoyance, reluctance, pleasure, or excitementWell, all right. Go if you must.You got the job? All right!

all right

adjective

Kids Definition of all right (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not ill, hurt, or unhappy : well Did you cut yourself? No, I'm all right.
2 used to tell someone not to be concernedCalm down. Everything is all right.
3 : within acceptable limits of behavior Is it all right if I go now?
4 : suitable or appropriate Is this movie all right for children?
5 : fairly good : satisfactory As an artist, he's all right.

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