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adjective, adverb mainly spoken American English pronunciation: all right
 
  1. 1
    satisfactory or fairly pleasant, but not excellent

    Chicago's all right, but I'd rather live in New York.

    My teacher is all right, but she doesn't really listen to me.

    1. a.
      very good or nice

      "What's the new guy like?" "He's all right!"

  2. 2
    going well, or happening successfully
    go all right:

    Did the party go all right?

    do all right (=be fairly successful):

    My brother was unemployed for years but he's doing all right now .

  3. 3
    used for saying that you will allow someone to do something, or you do not mind if they do it
    it is all right to do something:

    It's all right to skip some questions.

    it is all right if someone does something:

    Is it all right if I open the window?

    it is all right with/by someone (=they do not mind):

    "Is it all right with you if I bring a friend?" "Yeah, that's all right by me!"

  4. 4
    not hurt or sick

    You look terrible. Are you all right?

    The car's wrecked, but he's all right.

  5. 5
    used for making someone feel less worried or upset

    It's all right. I'm here.

    Don't cry. Everything's going to be all right.

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