Definition of all right in US English:

all right

(also alright)

adjective

  • 1Satisfactory but not especially good; acceptable.

    ‘the tea was all right’
    • ‘I thought the show was all right.’
    • ‘The picture quality is all right, though the image looks soft.’
    • ‘The dinner was all right, but it was a long trip to make.’
    satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, good enough, fairly good, fine, passable, reasonable, unobjectionable, suitable
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) in a satisfactory mental or physical state.
      ‘“Are you all right? You were screaming.”’
      • ‘‘I think mentally we've been all right and physically we've been magnificent in the last three games,’ he said.’
      • ‘And you could have stepped outside your superficiality box for just ten seconds to ask Rob if he was all right; he was walking along there looking like he was going to drop dead.’
      • ‘Once we found out that he was physically all right and that measures would be taken, we were excited for his opportunity.’
      • ‘There will always be the ‘I'm all right Jack’ figures who accept that anything goes as long as their life is happy.’
      • ‘As long as no one recognized her she would be all right to walk around.’
      • ‘As long as your health holds up and you're feeling all right, why quit something you like?’
      • ‘I look at Wonder Boy and pronounce that Rafael is perfectly healthy, mentally sane, and all right.’
      • ‘He turned to make sure everyone else was all right before walking over to the table Fran had been sitting at.’
      • ‘I really didn't want to wake him and he seemed all right physically.’
      • ‘And we're both all right at the moment - Gran's health has hit a plateau, as far as I can tell, and my life is just as boring as usual.’
      • ‘She saw Petyr, looking very tired and a little dazed but otherwise all right, walk toward her.’
      • ‘It had taken Juliet two weeks to convince Sam that he would be all right to walk the streets again by himself.’
      • ‘The mother is going to be all right, physically.’
      • ‘In the end I suspect that more people will want to believe that things are really all right despite the portents, rather than accepting that we're on the eve of destruction.’
      • ‘‘When I did my leg, Duffs said that I'd be all right and that when it healed it would be stronger,’ said the former Nottingham Forest youngster.’
      • ‘She made sure she looked all right and then she walked downstairs, not knowing later that she would regret not looking in a mirror first.’
      • ‘After the momentary scare, Yastrzemski and the rest of the Red Sox realized that he was all right - at least physically.’
      • ‘Making sure that the one he chose would be all right, Dorian walked over and carefully lifted up her ankle.’
      • ‘Once you get money, bills are paid and your family's health is all right, what more is there to have other than to live and praise God?’
      • ‘Sir Alex overhears them as he walks past and asks: ‘Is everything all right lads?’’
      unhurt, uninjured, unscathed, in one piece, undamaged, safe, safe and sound, unharmed, alive and well, well, fine, out of danger, out of the wood, out of the woods
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    2. 1.2 Permissible; allowable.
      ‘it's all right for you to go now’
      • ‘Not only will it help people to need help, but also it will help overcome stigma because I believe if insurance covers mental illnesses, it will be all right to have them.’
      • ‘It can be all right to make a certain deal with one player but not with another.’
      • ‘Still, that belief was fitting with what he'd told the nation, so it was all right that John accepted it.’
      • ‘We all must be willing to help each other and accept people as individuals, while realizing it is all right to disagree.’
      • ‘Go and see her; I'll be all right if any orders come in.’
      • ‘Swimming is not allowed for at least two weeks or until the physician says it is all right to do so.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You will appreciate that I thought my evidence was all right, but I accept your ruling that it was not.’
      • ‘Winning just another division title would be all right, but nothing less is acceptable.’
      • ‘He said it was not an acceptable argument to say it was all right for inflation to be well above the EU norm simply because Irish growth is significantly higher.’
      • ‘If one is ‘less than full and frank’, that is all right.’
      • ‘However, a lot of questions may come to mind, such as: is it all right to allow others to enter this space?’
      • ‘If he is granted permission, many soldiers would think it all right to defy orders.’
      • ‘Some even say that after a certain hour of day, it's all right to send certain kinds of e-mail.’
      • ‘That is not all right, but to him it's a perfectly acceptable reason to fire you.’
      • ‘That would have been all right if other local authorities followed suit.’
      • ‘I wonder why it is not acceptable today, when it was all right under a National Government.’
      • ‘It would actually have been all right if he'd gone dressed as a bear.’
      • ‘What is not all right is for private property interests to capture sole use of public water for their personal private profit.’
      • ‘And everybody here belongs to the club except me, and that's all right except for the fact that I'm here.’
      permissible, permitted, allowed, allowable, admissible, acceptable
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adverb

  • 1In a satisfactory manner or to a satisfactory extent; fairly well.

    ‘everything will turn out all right’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even in 1957, when I won it, black education was going strong and doing all right.’
    • ‘If he comes through this game all right he will be included in Sunday's opening Norwich Union League match against Somerset at Taunton.’
    • ‘I actually surfed all right, but I can't do that anymore.’
    • ‘So I think I'm ready to accept that it worked all right.’
    • ‘And maybe I drink a little bit too much, and maybe my finances aren't as good as they should, but I was doing all right until you decided to walk into this bar, so do me a favour and get out of here!’
    • ‘I actually thought I played all right as I wasn't really quite on the ball, but other than that I thought that it was a great event.’
    satisfactorily, adequately, well enough, fairly well, fine, passably, acceptably, reasonably, unobjectionably, suitably
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  • 2Used to emphasize how certain one is about something.

    ‘“Are you sure it's him?” “It's him all right.”’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She accepted her social position all right, and it looked like she was using it to her advantage.’
    • ‘His eyes became the size of dish plates as he saw the small, furry creature standing there, but his vision didn't lie - it was a goat, all right, or actually a ram if one wanted to be precise.’
    • ‘‘He's probably stiff all right but definitely not from boredom,’ Pothos couldn't help but remark.’
    • ‘As she said at her Senate confirmation hearings, it's a different kind of war all right, but one which will take a strong commitment from our allies to help us fight it.’
    • ‘He took a leap at the edge of the chasm expecting to fall and then realized he was flying; when he looked up he saw her flying higher - a miracle alright!’
    • ‘The leading falcon was handsome all right, but there is a strange quality about him.’
    • ‘Those retrenched workers have a sweet deal alright!’
    • ‘Something was definitely fishy all right, but it would have to wait.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, he was smirking all right - definitely smirking.’
    • ‘Mind you, ants like the sugar water all right and no doubt bees will find it too!’
    • ‘She's got a good voice all right, but the actual tune is a bit bog standard, isn't it?’
    • ‘Well, it's very interesting, because there has been a car crash all right and it's certainly no hoax.’
    • ‘‘I got up early this morning;’ well that was the truth all right.’
    • ‘And I was certainly making out all right; I had a business and a house of my own, completely paid for.’
    • ‘He had a deer's qualities, all right, the speed, the sure feet and most of all an indefinable sense of fragility that set him apart in a game otherwise marked by violence.’
    • ‘Yeah, the twenty first century was going the way of science fiction all right, all fighting and Eden was far from in sight yet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a forest all right, but certainly not the type of forests Kate had seen.’
    • ‘He was getting warm all right; in fact, he was feeling downright hot.’
    definitely, certainly, unquestionably, undoubtedly, positively, without doubt, without a doubt, beyond any doubt, beyond doubt, beyond question, unmistakably, indubitably, undeniably, beyond the shadow of a doubt, surely, assuredly
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exclamation

  • Expressing or asking for assent, agreement, or acceptance.

    ‘all right, I'll tell you’
    • ‘‘Whoa, alright that just came right out of left field,’ I thought, glancing at him like he had just grown another head.’
    • ‘But if that's the standard you've decided on, stick to it alright?’
    • ‘Just don't come round my house, alright?’
    • ‘Alright, alright, so what don't people write about?’
    • ‘‘Oh alright, fine,’ she said, stepping all the way in and dunking her head under.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Under the circumstances, okay, you told us certain things, all right?’
    • ‘Contrary to popular belief, he and I are actually good chums, all right?’
    • ‘I told you already, I'm not a minion of the devil, alright!’
    • ‘The physical side I was not able to accept and say, all right, so what, you know, I have a little bit of problem walking down stairs, and it's OK.’
    • ‘But they were already planning to go, and it sounded like it could be fun, and we needed something to do on July fourth, and I'm not going to make any more excuses because it was ace, alright?’
    • ‘I fear that my Aunt Morag will be offended, so don't look alright!’
    • ‘‘Yes, yes, fine, alright,’ I interrupted, ‘What you're basically saying is I'm not crazy?’’
    • ‘‘Fine, alright,’ she said in the peculiarly wispy voice of one who has had a long day and wishes only for a soft bed and headache medication.’
    • ‘All right, all right, it's actually a hotel room, but soon I'll have made it into my office.’
    very well, very well then, fine, good, right, right then, yes, agreed
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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

Pronunciation

all right

/ˈˌɔl ˈraɪt//ˈˌôl ˈrīt/