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all right

adjective [after verb], adverb uk   (also not standard alright) us  

all right adjective [after verb], adverb (GOOD/SATISFACTORY)

A1 (in a way that is) satisfactory or reasonably good: I wouldn't say she's rich, but she's doing all right (= being reasonably successful). Is everything all right, madam? B1 only just good enough: "What did you think of the film?" "It was all right. Nothing special." The food was all right, I suppose, but I've had better. not unpleasant or bad: This wine's all right, isn't it? Her mum's really strict, but her dad's all right. very good: You can work at home? That's all right, isn't it? it's all right for sb used to show that you think someone is lucky or has an easy life when the same is not true for you: It's all right for Helen - her mum takes care of the children whenever she wants. He has a live-in housekeeper? It's all right for some, isn't it?

all right adjective [after verb], adverb (SAFE)

A2 safe, well, or not harmed: She was very ill for a while but she's all right now. Did you get home all right (= safely) last night?

all right adjective [after verb], adverb (ABLE TO MANAGE)

able to manage: Are you managing all right in your new job? Are you sure you'll be all right on your own? Are you all right with those cases? I'm all right informal used to refuse the offer of food or drink: "Can I get you a drink?" "No, I'm all right, thanks."

all right adjective [after verb], adverb (AGREED)

A1 used to show that something is agreed, understood, or acceptable: All right, I'll lend you the money. All right, that's enough noise! Tell me if you start to feel sick, all right? "Are you sure you won't come with us?" "All right then. If you insist." All right, so I made a mistake (= I accept that I was wrong). I'd rather not go to Tricia's party if that's all right with you. Would it be all right if I came? [+ to infinitive] Chris wants to know if it'll be all right to come over to see us this evening. She seems to think that it's perfectly all right to break the law. it's all right A2 (also that's all right) an answer to someone who has just thanked you for something or just said sorry for something they have done: "Thank you for the flowers." "It's all right (= there's no need to thank me). I thought they might cheer you up." "I'm sorry I broke the vase." "Oh, that's all right (= it's not important). It wasn't very expensive."

all right adjective [after verb], adverb (CERTAINLY)

certainly or without any doubt: "Are you sure it was Gillian with him?" "Oh, it was her all right."

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