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"all right" in British English

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all rightadjective [after verb], adverb

also not standard alright uk   /ˌɔːl ˈraɪt/ us   /ˌɑːl ˈraɪt/
  • 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 you - your mum takes care of the children whenever you want. He has a live-in housekeeper? It's all right for some, isn't it?

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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 rightexclamation

also alright uk   /ˌɔːl ˈraɪt/ us   /ˌɑːl ˈraɪt/
(Definition of all right from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"all right" in American English

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all rightadjective, adverb [not gradable]

not standard alright us   /ˌɔl ˈrɑɪt/
(in a way that is) satisfactory or acceptable: The movie was all right – not great, though. Are you managing all right in your new job?
safe, well, or not harmed: She was really sick for a while but she’s all right now.

all rightadverb [not gradable]

not standard alright us   /ˌɔl ˈrɑɪt/ infml
certainly or without any doubt: "Are you sure he was the guy you saw?” “Oh, he was the guy all right."

all rightexclamation

not standard alright us   /ˌɔl ˈrɑɪt/ infml
  • all right exclamation (VERY GOOD)

used to express praise or happiness over what has been said or done: "Did you hear I won that writing contest?" "All right!"
  • all right exclamation (AGREED)

used to show that something is agreed, understood, or acceptable: I’d rather not go to Jane’s party if that’s all right with you.
(Definition of all right from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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