all right - definition and synonyms

adjective, adverb mainly spoken 

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  1. 1
    satisfactory or fairly pleasant, but not excellent

    Manchester’s all right, but I’d rather live in London.

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

    1. a.
      very good or nice

      ‘What’s the new boy like?’ ‘He’s all right!’

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  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 perfectly 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 ill

    You look terrible. Are you all right?

    The car’s a write-off, 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.

  6. 6
    used for admitting that something is true, especially when this is not the most important fact in a situation

    He’s attractive all right, but he’s not that bright.