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acceptable: He’s an all-right kind of guy.
Not to be confused with:
all right – satisfactory; safe and sound: I’m feeling all right now.; expressing consent or assent: It is all right to leave the table.
alright – nonstandard for all right; often used in informal writing: I’m alright, thank you.
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all right

a. In proper or satisfactory condition: checked to see if the tires were all right.
b. Acceptable; allowable: Delaying the repair is all right by me.
c. all-right (ôl′rīt′) Informal Satisfactory; good: an all-right fellow; an all-right movie.
2. Correct: Your answers are all right.
3. Average; mediocre: The performance was just all right, not remarkable.
4. Not in danger or difficulty; safe or uninjured: The passengers were shaken up but are all right.
5. In good physical or mental condition; healthy or untroubled: I am feeling all right again.
1. In a satisfactory way; adequately: I held up all right under pressure.
2. Very well; yes. Used as a reply to a question or to introduce a declaration: All right, I'll go.
3. Without a doubt: It's cold, all right.
Used to express great satisfaction, approval, or happiness.
Usage Note: Despite the frequent use of the form alright the single word spelling is still widely viewed as nonstandard. In our 2009 survey, more than two-thirds of the Usage Panel rejected alright in examples like Don't worry. Everything will be alright, whereas over 90 percent accepted all right in the same examples. This resistance may seem peculiar, since similar fusions incorporating all, such as already and altogether, have never raised any objections. The difference may lie in the fact that already and altogether became single words back in the Middle Ages, whereas alright has only been around for a little more than a century and was called out by language critics as a misspelling. Readers may view the use of alright, especially in formal writing, as an error or a willful breaking of convention.
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adj (prenominal)
informal US reliable, acceptable
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all` right′

1. yes; very well: All right, I'll go with you.
2. (used as an interrogative) do you agree?: We'll meet tomorrow, all right?
3. satisfactorily; acceptably: Her work is coming along all right.
4. without fail; certainly: You'll hear about this, all right!
5. safe; sound: Are you all right?
6. acceptable; passable: His performance was all right.
7. reliable; good: That fellow is all right.
usage: See alright.


very good; excellent: an all-right guy.
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"I had an all-right game, a decent game, but the main thing was I wanted to make sure I focused on the defensive duties and making sure I was putting in the work and had the legs to help the boys," he said.
But, that's not all-right before serving, the pudding is drizzled with popping candies and garnished with a crispy ube stick.
"Before, I kind of thought of her as a pretty good candidate, not anybody's top choice by any means, but an all-right candidate for the Democrats," Gorman told NCR.
"It is put us in an all-right position on a dicey deck."
One was an all-right save but I'll be kicking myself that I didn't put one of them away.
They were fully focussed all-right and they have one paw firmly on that runnersup spot.
"I remember stroking Alan's head and telling him everything was going to be all-right.
I've got an all-right face but it's covered in freckles and one side's different than the other, so it took a lot of work to look good.
"I've had an all-right year, but I'd like to sharpen my game a little more, and that will come,'' Haven said.
Assuming your child seems all-right, I think it would be best to contact your own child's pediatrician for advice.
"They lost at Wolves 1-0, and put in an all-right performance, nothing bad, nothing great, but since then they've won five on the bounce.