Definition of all right in English:

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all right

Pronunciation: /ˈˌôl ˈrīt/
(also alright)


1Satisfactory but not especially good; acceptable: the tea was all right
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  • The picture quality is all right, though the image looks soft.
  • The dinner was all right, but it was a long trip to make.
  • I thought the show was all right.
informal so-so, 'comme ci, comme ça', OK, jake
1.1(Of a person) in a satisfactory mental or physical state: “Are you all right? You were screaming.”
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  • ‘I think mentally we've been all right and physically we've been magnificent in the last three games,’ he said.
  • Once we found out that he was physically all right and that measures would be taken, we were excited for his opportunity.
  • I really didn't want to wake him and he seemed all right physically.
well, fine, alive and well
informal OK
1.2Permissible; allowable: it’s all right for you to go now
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  • If he is granted permission, many soldiers would think it all right to defy orders.
  • It is all right for the author to be undecided or out of the loop during a production, but here I was directing and had to make up my mind.
  • That would have been all right if other local authorities followed suit.
permissible, permitted, allowed, allowable, admissible, acceptable, legal, lawful, legitimate, licit, authorized, sanctioned, approved, in order
informal OK, legit


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.
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.
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


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!
very well (then), fine, good, yes, agreed, right (then)
informal OK, okey-dokey, roger, wilco


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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Syllabification: all right

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