all right


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 approval an all right guy

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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 discussion All right, we can do that if you want.All right, let's go.
3 : well enough : satisfactorily He does all right in school.

all right or alright?: Usage Guide


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.” See More

First Known Use of all right


1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“All right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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 excitement Well, all right. Go if you must.You got the job? All right!

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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 concerned Calm 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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