Definition of all right adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    all right

    adjective, adverb
    BrE BrE//ˌɔːl ˈraɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːl ˈraɪt//
    (non-standard or informal alright)
    jump to other results
  1. 1  acceptable; in an acceptable manner synonym OK Is the coffee all right? Are you getting along all right in your new job? ‘They're off to Spain next week.’ ‘It's all right for some, isn't it?’ (= some people are lucky)
  2. 2  safe and well synonym OK I hope the children are all right. Do you feel all right? Synonymswellall right OK fine healthy strong fitThese words all describe somebody who is not ill and is in good health.well [not usually before noun] (rather informal) in good health:I’m not feeling very well. Is he well enough to travel? Well is used especially to talk about your own health, to ask somebody about their health or to make a comment on it.all right [not before noun] (rather informal) not feeling ill; not injured:Are you feeling all right?OK [not before noun] (informal) not feeling ill; not injured:She says she’s OK now, and will be back at work tomorrow.all right or ok?These words are slightly less positive than the other words in this group. They are both used in spoken English to talk about not actually being ill or injured, rather than being positively in good health. Both are rather informal but OK is slightly more informal than all right.fine [not before noun] (not used in negative statements) (rather informal) completely well:‘How are you?’ ‘Fine, thanks.’ Fine is used especially to talk about your health, especially when somebody asks you how you are. It is also used to talk about somebody’s health when you are talking to somebody else. Unlike well it is not often used to ask somebody about their health or make a comment on it:Are you keeping fine?healthy in good health and not likely to become ill:Keep healthy by exercising regularly.strong in good health and not suffering from an illness:After a few weeks she was feeling stronger. Strong is often used to talk about becoming healthy again after an illness.fit (especially British English) in good physical health, especially because you take regular physical exercise:I go swimming every day in order to keep fit.Patterns all right/​OK/​fit for something all right/​OK/​fit to do something to feel/​look well/​all right/​OK/​fine/​healthy/​strong/​fit to keep (somebody) well/​healthy/​fit perfectly well/​all right/​OK/​fine/​healthy/​fit physically well/​healthy/​strong/​fit
  3. 3  only just good enough synonym OK Your work is all right but I'm sure you could do better.
  4. 4  that can be allowed synonym OK Are you sure it's all right for me to leave early?
  5. 5(informal) used to emphasize that there is no doubt about something ‘Are you sure it's her?’ ‘Oh, it's her all right.’
  6. Extra examples ‘How was your trip?’ ‘All right.’ ‘I’m afraid I have to go now.’ ‘That’s all right.’ ‘They’re off to Spain next week.’ ‘It’s all right for some, isn’t it?’ Are you feeling all right? Give him some water and he’ll soon be all right. He’ll be perfectly all right, you’ll see. I hope the kids are all right. I’m all right now. Is it all right for me to leave early? Most women who go backpacking alone are quite all right, but it’s wise to take precautions. Your work is all right, but you could do better. Did they get there all right?Idioms (British English, slang) a person that you think is sexually attractive Dave’s new girlfriend is a bit of all right, isn’t she? See related entries: Attractiveness (British English, informal) used by or about somebody who is happy with their own life and does not care about other people’s problems
    it’ll be all right on the night
    jump to other results
    (saying) used to say that a performance, an event, etc. will be successful even if the preparations for it have not gone well
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: all right