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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?Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable 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.Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable not unpleasant or bad: This wine's all right, isn't it? Her mum's really strict, but her dad's all right.Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable very good: You can work at home? That's all right, isn't it?Informal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good 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?Envy and jealousy

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?Safe and secure

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?Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring 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."Refusing and rejecting

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.Words and phrases expressing agreement and acceptance 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."Polite expressions

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."CertaintyConfidence and self-assurance

all right

exclamation uk (also alright)   us  

all right exclamation (GREETING)

UK informal used to greet someone at the same time as asking if they are well: "All right, John?" "Not bad thanks, and you?"Welcoming, greeting and greetings

all right exclamation (APPROVAL)

slang said with the main emphasis on "right", expressing approval of what has been said or done: "Did you hear I hit that creep who'd been pestering me?" "All right!"Words and phrases expressing agreement and acceptance
(Definition of all right from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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