Definition of all right in English:

all right

Syllabification: all right

adjective

adverb

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  • 1In a satisfactory manner or to a satisfactory extent; fairly well: everything will turn out all right
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    • If he comes through this game all right he will be included in Sunday's opening Norwich Union League match against Somerset at Taunton.
    • Lungo said: ‘If he comes out of this race all right he will probably run at Carlisle a week on Monday in a qualifier for the EBF Final at Sandown.’
    • Or am I just taking part in the old alcoholic self delusion of finding someone worse off than you in order to confirm that you're doing all right yourself.
    Synonyms
    satisfactorily, adequately, fairly well, passably, acceptably, reasonably
    informal OK
  • 2Used to emphasize how certain one is about something: “Are you sure it’s him?” “It’s him all right.”
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    • If he was good enough, he would have won all right and Henrietta is surely a better trainer than one who would have experimented with a valued owner's pride and joy in a race like the King George.
    • ‘He's probably stiff all right but definitely not from boredom,’ Pothos couldn't help but remark.
    • I tell this Government that the people of Canterbury will be sending a message to this Government all right and it certainly will not be in support of this legislation.
    Synonyms
    definitely, certainly, unquestionably, undoubtedly, indubitably, undeniably, assuredly, for sure, without (a) doubt, beyond (any) doubt, beyond the shadow of a doubt
    archaic in sooth, verily

exclamation

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  • Expressing or asking for assent, agreement, or acceptance: all right, I’ll tell you
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    • I fear that my Aunt Morag will be offended, so don't look alright!
    • But it was slightly entertaining to know I confused a good 50 percent of you…I've never confused that many people at once, alright!
    • I told you already, I'm not a minion of the devil, alright!
    Synonyms
    very well (then), fine, good, yes, agreed, right (then)
    informal OK, okey-dokey, roger, wilco

Usage

The merging of all and right to form the one-word spelling alright is first recorded toward the end of the 19th century (unlike other similar merged spellings such as altogether and already, which date from much earlier). There is no logical reason for insisting that all right be two words when other single-word forms such as altogether have long been accepted. Nevertheless, although found widely, alright remains nonstandard.

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