OK

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adverb or adjective

ō-ˈkā How to pronounce OK (audio)
 in assenting or agreeing also  ˈō-ˌkā
variants or okay or less commonly ok
: all right
OK, Doctor, I'll let you know John Hersey

OK

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noun

variants or okay

OK

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verb

variants or okay
OK'd or okayed; OK'ing or okaying

OK

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abbreviation

Oklahoma

Example Sentences

Noun We need her OK on this before we place the order. The boss gave his okay. Verb The boss needs to OK this before we place the order. a judge will have to OK the search warrant

Word History

Etymology

Adverb or adjective, Noun, and Verb

abbreviation of oll korrect, facetious alteration of all correct

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

1839, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1841, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of OK was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“OK.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/OK. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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adverb or adjective

variants or okay
: all right

OK

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noun

variants or okay
: approval
gave their OK to start the project

OK

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verb

variants or okay
OK'd or okayed; OK'ing or okaying

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