adverb or adjective
al·​right | \ (ˌ)ȯl-ˈrīt How to pronounce alright (audio) , ˈȯl-ˌrīt \

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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

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Recent Examples on the Web Sanders appears to be quite alright waiting three to five business days for his deliveries, thank you very much. TheWeek, "Bernie Sanders has zero apps on his phone," 13 Jan. 2020 There’s also the unquantifiable: not only are the kids alright—they’re helping humanity save it from itself. Wired, "The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change," 8 Nov. 2019 Position: Attacking Midfielder FIFA 19 Rating: 73 FIFA 20 Predicted Rating: 72 The German has been alright, but hasn't exactly set the world alight., "FIFA 20: Every New York Red Bulls Player's Predicted Ultimate Team Rating," 13 July 2019 Kansas looked alright in its survival win over Seton Hall on Saturday. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: Five key takeaways from the NCAA tournament's first-round action Saturday," 18 Mar. 2018 Irving and the Cavs actually went through with it, and 25-year-old is doing alright now. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Kyrie Irving shared the best thing he has learned from Kobe Bryant," 2 Feb. 2018 On difficult days, her brother and sister could count on Jeffny's support… and usually a sandwich, with a promise that everything would be alright., "Statement of Abraham and Shiny Chemmarappally: 'Still impossible to believe that she will never return'," 15 Sep. 2017 And for a brief sliver of time, the world was alright. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Stranger Things We Saw at III Points 2017," 17 Oct. 2017 This weekend looks alright at this point, with a blend of sun and clouds and highs near 80 degrees. Fox 61 Weather Team,, "Partly Sunny, Warm Wednesday With A Chance For A Shower," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of alright

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alright was in 1865

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18 Jan 2020

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“Alright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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