all right

1 of 2


: satisfactory, agreeable
Whatever you decide is all right with me.
: safe, well
He was ill but he's all right now.
informal : good, pleasing
often used as a generalized term of approval
an all right guy
all right or alright?: Usage Guide

Although the spelling alright is more than a century and a half old, 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. Alright is less common than all right but is frequently found in informal writing and fictional dialogue.

Starting at a slower pace is perfectly alright. Alia Haley
"Alright, it is a bargain. I will help you." Harold Bell Wright

It is sometimes also used in more formal writing.

The first two years of the medical school were alright. Gertrude Stein

all right

2 of 2


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

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.”
Recent Examples on the Web
Mays was on his way, all right, right into the Army. Mike Kupper, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2024 Flickinger said centralizing some meat packaging is all right, but there still has to be the service at the store, the master meat cutter or butcher. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 16 June 2024 Two different stories Shane Cordova called Shawna Mannon after the Del Valley game, asking frantically if her son was all right. Luca Evans, Orange County Register, 14 June 2024 After a brief delay, the governor announced that the man was all right. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 12 June 2024 Time will tell how Butler’s first full season unfolds, but with a combination of power, patience and range — his two Outs Above Average lead all right fielders in baseball — Butler has the foundation of a lengthy career. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, 4 May 2024 The kids are not all right, really, fueling the fire for teachers. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 9 Apr. 2024 This could be all right for fruit, so long as another cold snap doesn’t kill the buds. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024 Winslet appeared to register a brief moment of surprise, then smiled and moved on — all right, no problem. Susan Dominus, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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Cite this Entry

“All right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

all right

1 of 2 adjective
: satisfactory, correct
it is all right with me
: safe entry 1 sense 1, well
he was sick but he's all right now

all right

2 of 2 adverb
: very well : yes
all right, I'll come
used as an interjection especially to show agreement or acceptance or to show the continuation of a discussion
: beyond doubt : certainly
that's the one all right
: reasonably well
does all right in school

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