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English definition of “all right”

all right

adjective [after verb], adverb (GOOD/SATISFACTORY)    (also not standard alright)
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 Grammar:All right and alrightAll right is an adjective or adverb.Grammar:All right as an adjectiveWe use all right as an adjective after verbs such as be, feel, seem or look, but not before a noun (predicative adjective). It means ‘well’, ‘OK’, ‘satisfactory’:Grammar:All right as an adverbWe use all right as an adverb to mean ‘well’, ‘OK’, ‘satisfactorily’:Grammar:All right as a discourse markerWe use all right to show that we want to begin a new topic or a new action:
(Definition of all right adjectiveadverb (GOOD/SATISFACTORY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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