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1‘OK, I'll go with him’
all right, right, right then, right you are, very well, yes, very good, fine, agreed
oke, okey-dokey, okey-doke, roger
British righto, righty-ho
1‘the film was OK’
satisfactory, all right, fine, in order, acceptable, up to scratch, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, competent
adequate, tolerable, passable, reasonable, quite good, fair, decent, not bad, average, middling, moderate, unremarkable, unexceptional
informal hunky-dory, so-so, fair-to-middling, vanilla, plain vanilla
British informal, dated tickety-boo
North American NZ Australian informal jake
unsatisfactory, unacceptable, inadequate
2‘Jo's feeling OK now’
fine, all right, well, in good shape, in good health, fit, healthy, as fit as a fiddle, as fit as a flea, in fine fettle, up to snuff
informal in the pink
British informal as right as a trivet
3‘is it OK for me to come?’
permissible, allowable, acceptable, all right, in order, permitted, fine, fitting, suitable, appropriate
1‘‘How's the job going?’ ‘Okay.’’
all right, fine, well, well enough, satisfactorily, passably, tolerably, acceptably
1‘he's just given me the OK’
authorization, approval, seal of approval, agreement, consent, assent, permission, endorsement, ratification, sanction, approbation, acquiescence, confirmation, blessing, leave, imprimatur
informal the go-ahead, the green light, the thumbs up, say-so
1‘the move must be okayed by the president’
authorize, approve, agree to, consent to, sanction, pass, ratify, endorse, allow, give something one's consent, say yes to, accede to, give something one's approval, give something the nod, rubber-stamp
informal give something the go-ahead, give something the green light, give something the thumbs up, give something one's say-so
refuse, forbid, veto
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