- satisfactory; adequate
- in satisfactory or acceptable condition
- yes; very well: used in reply to a question or merely to preface or resume one's remarks
- Informal certainly: he's the one who did it, all right
An example of all-right is when you say "It sure is raining 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 Informal Satisfactory; good: an all-right fellow; an all-right movie.
- Correct: Your answers are all right.
- Average; mediocre: The performance was just all right, not remarkable.
- Not in danger or difficulty; safe or uninjured: The passengers were shaken up but are all right.
- In good physical or mental condition; healthy or untroubled: I am feeling all right again.
- In a satisfactory way; adequately: I held up all right under pressure.
- Very well; yes. Used as a reply to a question or to introduce a declaration: All right, I'll go.
- Without a doubt: It's cold, all right.
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.
The comparative form "more all right" is used, but rarely. An example would be where another speaker had used the phrase "all right" and repeating it and extending it enhanced the continuity of the conversation. I didn't feel all right earlier today, so I took a power-nap. Now I feel even more all right than I normally do.
- Used to affirm, indicate agreement, or consent.
- All right, let's go then.
- Used to indicate support, favor or encouragement.
- All right! They scored!
- Used to fill space or pauses.
- All right, so what you suggest we do next?
- Used as a general lead-in or beginning.
- All right, let's get started.
- Used to express exasperation or frustration, often with already.
- All right, already! Let me finish what I was doing first, and then we can talk.
- (UK, informal) Term of greeting, equivalent to how are you or hello.
- All right, mate, how are things with you and the missus?
- All right can also be used in the literal sense of "everything correct":
- He answered the questions quickly, and he got them all right.
- The inflection and emphasis may vary depending upon what meaning is intended (compare the two US audio pronunciations).
- The spelling alright (by analogy with "already", "altogether", etc) is nonstandard but in widespread use (as of 29 May 2012, having 209,000,000 hits on Google in comparison to 320,000,000 for "all right", although some of the hits for "all right" will be in the sense of "all correct" described in the note above).