all right

all right
all 'right
W2S1 adj, adv, interjection [not before noun]
2¦(no problems)¦
3 do all right (for yourself/herself etc)
5 it's all right
6 it's/that's all right
11¦(change/end subject)¦
12 it's all right for somebody
17 I'm all right Jack
18 it'll be all right on the night
1.) ¦(GOOD)¦
satisfactory, but not excellent
= ↑okay
'What's the food like?' 'It's all right, but the place on campus is better.'
'How's school going, Steve?' 'Oh, all right, I guess.'
not ill, hurt, or upset or not having any problems
= ↑okay
Kate looks really unhappy - I'd better make sure she's all right.
Are you feeling all right ?
The kids seem to be getting on all right at school.
Tony was worried about the meeting but it went all right (=happened with no problems) .
Don't worry, it'll turn out all right .
3.) do all right (for yourself/herself etc)
to be successful in your job, life etc
She's doing all right - she's got a job with Microsoft.
4.) ¦(SUITABLE)¦
used to say whether something is suitable or convenient
= ↑okay all right with/by/for
Is Thursday morning all right with you?
We'll eat at eight. Does that sound all right to you?
5.) it's all right
used to make someone feel less afraid or worried
It's all right, Mommy's here.
6.) it's/that's all right
used to reply to someone who thanks you or says they are sorry about something
'Thanks for all your help!' 'That's quite all right .'
used to ask or give permission for something
= ↑okay
Would it be all right if I left early today?
be all right to do sth
Is it all right to bring my dog?
used to agree with someone's suggestion, although you may be slightly unwilling
= ↑okay
'Why not come along?' 'Oh, all right.'
9.) ¦(UNDERSTANDING)¦ [sentence adverb]
used to check that someone understands what you have said, or to show that you understand
= ↑okay
I'll leave a key with the neighbours, all right?
'The train leaves at 5.30.' 'All right, I'm coming!'
used when asking in a threatening or angry way what someone's intentions are
= ↑okay
All right, you two. What are you doing in my room?
used to introduce a new subject or to end a conversation
= ↑okay
All right, now I'd like to introduce our first speaker.
12.) it's all right for sb
BrE informal used to say that someone else does not have the problems that you have, or that you are jealous because someone else is luckier than you
'I get eight weeks' holiday a year.' 'Well, it's all right for some .'
13.) ¦(EMPHASIZE)¦ informal
used to emphasize that you are certain about something
'Are you sure it was Bill?' 'Oh, yes, it was him all right.'
14.) ¦(HAPPY)¦
AmE informal used to say you are happy about something you have just been told
You passed? All right!
15.) ¦(LIKE)¦
BrE used to describe someone you like or approve of
'The new boss isn't too bad, is she?' 'No, she's all right.'
16.) ¦(GREETING)¦
informal especially BrE used as a greeting when you meet someone you know well, or reply to a greeting
'How are you, John?' 'Oh, all right - can't complain.'
17.) I'm all right Jack
BrE informal used to describe someone's attitude when they do not care about other people as long as they themselves are happy, comfortable etc
18.) it'll be all right on the night
BrE informal used to say that something will be successful, even though there have been lots of problems
Workmen have yet to finish the new complex, but the organisers are confident it will be all right on the night.
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