Definition of all right in US English:

all right

(also alright)

adjective

  • 1Satisfactory but not especially good; acceptable.

    ‘the tea was all right’
    • ‘The picture quality is all right, though the image looks soft.’
    • ‘I thought the show was all right.’
    • ‘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.”’
      • ‘As long as your health holds up and you're feeling all right, why quit something you like?’
      • ‘Once we found out that he was physically all right and that measures would be taken, we were excited for his opportunity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sir Alex overhears them as he walks past and asks: ‘Is everything all right lads?’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I really didn't want to wake him and he seemed all right physically.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘‘I think mentally we've been all right and physically we've been magnificent in the last three games,’ he said.’
      • ‘Making sure that the one he chose would be all right, Dorian walked over and carefully lifted up her ankle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It had taken Juliet two weeks to convince Sam that he would be all right to walk the streets again by himself.’
      • ‘After the momentary scare, Yastrzemski and the rest of the Red Sox realized that he was all right - at least physically.’
      • ‘I look at Wonder Boy and pronounce that Rafael is perfectly healthy, mentally sane, and all right.’
      • ‘There will always be the ‘I'm all right Jack’ figures who accept that anything goes as long as their life is happy.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘As long as no one recognized her she would be all right to walk around.’
      • ‘He turned to make sure everyone else was all right before walking over to the table Fran had been sitting at.’
      • ‘The mother is going to be all right, physically.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wonder why it is not acceptable today, when it was all right under a National Government.’
      • ‘Winning just another division title would be all right, but nothing less is acceptable.’
      • ‘That is not all right, but to him it's a perfectly acceptable reason to fire you.’
      • ‘It can be all right to make a certain deal with one player but not with another.’
      • ‘However, a lot of questions may come to mind, such as: is it all right to allow others to enter this space?’
      • ‘Still, that belief was fitting with what he'd told the nation, so it was all right that John accepted it.’
      • ‘Some even say that after a certain hour of day, it's all right to send certain kinds of e-mail.’
      • ‘What is not all right is for private property interests to capture sole use of public water for their personal private profit.’
      • ‘We all must be willing to help each other and accept people as individuals, while realizing it is all right to disagree.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Go and see her; I'll be all right if any orders come in.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If he is granted permission, many soldiers would think it all right to defy orders.’
      • ‘It would actually have been all right if he'd gone dressed as a bear.’
      • ‘That would have been all right if other local authorities followed suit.’
      • ‘Swimming is not allowed for at least two weeks or until the physician says it is all right to do so.’
      • ‘And everybody here belongs to the club except me, and that's all right except for the fact that I'm here.’
      • ‘You will appreciate that I thought my evidence was all right, but I accept your ruling that it was not.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Even in 1957, when I won it, black education was going strong and doing all right.’
    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.”’
    • ‘He was getting warm all right; in fact, he was feeling downright hot.’
    • ‘And I was certainly making out all right; I had a business and a house of my own, completely paid for.’
    • ‘It was a forest all right, but certainly not the type of forests Kate had seen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yeah, the twenty first century was going the way of science fiction all right, all fighting and Eden was far from in sight yet.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Something was definitely fishy all right, but it would have to wait.’
    • ‘Mind you, ants like the sugar water all right and no doubt bees will find it too!’
    • ‘Those retrenched workers have a sweet deal alright!’
    • ‘Oh yeah, he was smirking all right - definitely smirking.’
    • ‘The leading falcon was handsome all right, but there is a strange quality about him.’
    • ‘‘I got up early this morning;’ well that was the truth 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.’
    • ‘‘He's probably stiff all right but definitely not from boredom,’ Pothos couldn't help but remark.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She accepted her social position all right, and it looked like she was using it to her advantage.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Contrary to popular belief, he and I are actually good chums, all right?’
    • ‘I fear that my Aunt Morag will be offended, so don't look alright!’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘‘Oh alright, fine,’ she said, stepping all the way in and dunking her head under.’
    • ‘Under the circumstances, okay, you told us certain things, all right?’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘‘Yes, yes, fine, alright,’ I interrupted, ‘What you're basically saying is I'm not crazy?’’
    • ‘Just don't come round my house, alright?’
    • ‘‘Whoa, alright that just came right out of left field,’ I thought, glancing at him like he had just grown another head.’
    • ‘I told you already, I'm not a minion of the devil, alright!’
    • ‘Alright, alright, so what don't people write about?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All right, all right, it's actually a hotel room, but soon I'll have made it into my office.’
    • ‘But if that's the standard you've decided on, stick to it alright?’
    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

/ˈˌôl ˈrīt//ˈˌɔl ˈraɪt/