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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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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Cite this Entry

“All right.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20right. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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