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all right

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  1. yes; very well; OK: All right, I'll go with you.
  2. (used as an interrogative or interrogative tag) OK?; do you agree?: We'll deal with this problem tomorrow, all right?
  3. satisfactorily; acceptably: His work is coming along all right.
  4. without fail; certainly: You'll hear about this, all right!
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  1. safe; sound: Are you all right?
  2. satisfactory; acceptable: His performance was all right, but I've seen better.
  3. Informal. reliable; good: That fellow is all right.
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  1. (a) bit of all right, British. quite satisfactory (used as an understatement): The way he saved that child's life was a bit of all right.
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Origin of all right

1100–50; orig. adv. phrase; compare Middle English al ri(g)ht indeed, straightway, at once, late Old English eall riht just (as)
Can be confusedall right alright (see usage note at alright)

Usage note

See alright.


adjective Informal.
  1. agreeable, acceptable, or commendable: an all-right plan.
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Origin of all-right

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for allright

Historical Examples

  • The hut of Allright attacked by them; plundered of every thing it had in it.

    The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)

    John West

  • "I will put it allright to-morrow, Sir," said my distressed employ.

  • "That is allright," she said, with one of the few slips she made in English, running the last two words into one.

    A Widow's Tale and Other Stories

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for allright

all right

adjective (postpositive except in slang use)
  1. adequate; satisfactory
  2. unharmed; safe
  3. all-right US slang
    1. acceptablean all-right book
    2. reliablean all-right guy
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sentence substitute
  1. very well: used to express assent
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  1. satisfactorily; adequatelythe car goes all right
  2. without doubthe's a bad one, all right
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Also: alright


Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for allright

see alright.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with allright

all right


Completely correct, as in You have a perfect score—your answers are all right. (It could just as well be put as “all your answers are right.”)

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In proper or working order, in a satisfactory way, as in The engine is running all right now. [Late 1800s] Also see turn out all right.

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In good health, as in John had the flu, but he's all right now. [Early 1900s]

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Not injured, safe, as in It was just a minor accident and everyone is all right. [Early 1900s]

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Very well, yes, as in Do you want to leave now?—All right, or All right, we'll stay home. [First half of 1800s] Also see all right with you.

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Certainly, without a doubt, as in It's late all right, but it will probably come today. [Mid-1800s]

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Hurrah! Good for you, as in All right! your team has done it again! [Slang; mid-1900s]

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Also, all-right. Good, satisfactory. For example, This restaurant is all right, or Harry is an all-right guy. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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