Definition of all right in English:

all right

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(also alright)

adjective

[predic.]
1Of a satisfactory or acceptable quality: the tea was all right
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, good enough, fairly good, fine, passable, reasonable, unobjectionable, suitable
informal OK, so-so
1.1In a satisfactory mental or physical state: do you feel all right to walk home?
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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.
Synonyms
unhurt, uninjured, unscathed, in one piece, undamaged, safe, safe and sound, unharmed, alive and well, well, fine, out of danger, out of the wood(s)
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.
Synonyms
permissible, permitted, allowed, allowable, admissible, acceptable; legal, lawful, legitimate, licit, within the law, authorized, sanctioned, sanctionable, approved, above board, within accepted bounds; passable, tolerated, tolerable, proper, in order; excusable, pardonable, venial
informal OK, legit, kosher, pukka

adverb

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1In a satisfactory manner or to a satisfactory extent; fairly well: we get on 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
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

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, right, right then, yes, agreed
British informal righto, righty-ho
Indian informal acha

Usage

There is no logical reason for insisting that all right should be written as two words rather than as alright, when other single-word forms such as altogether have long been accepted. Nevertheless, alright is still regarded as being unacceptable in formal writing.

Phrases

it's all right for——

Used to suggest that someone is luckier than you: it was all right for them! They didn’t have to put up with the brat trailing after them “It’s all right for some,” Grandad huffed
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  • Of course, it's alright for him to express such outrage in our free-speech society.
  • It's all right for you to talk about holding up your head, for you did him up.
  • It's alright for some in the Trust mind you, Richard Black, head of the Trust, is on 129,000 per year.

it'll be all right on the night

Used to say that a performance or event will be successful even if the preparations have not gone well: the organizers assure everyone that it will all be all right on the night
More example sentences
  • 'Not to worry,' I told myself, 'It'll be all right on the night.'
  • The rehearsal went badly, but it'll be all right on the night.

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