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[awl-rahyt] /ɔlˈraɪt/
all right.
Can be confused
all right, alright (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
The form alright as a one-word spelling of the phrase all right in all of its senses probably arose by analogy with such words as already and altogether. Although alright is a common spelling in written dialogue and in other types of informal writing, all right is used in more formal, edited writing. Unabridged
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  • The chemist said it would be alright, but I've never been the same.
  • Well this stuff succeeded in establishing itself alright - now it is everywhere.
  • Music play, mostly at 10 cents, does alright during the day.
  • That's not one of my favorite shows, but it's alright.
  • We just don't know, and that's alright with me.
  • Yeah, she's a genius alright.
  • The voters wish for some pandering, then alright he will pander.
  • He didn't have good command, but he was alright.
  • This is a man-made issue alright, but caused by local engineering on a local scale.
  • It's alright, I can do this.
British Dictionary definitions for alright


adverb, sentence substitute, adjective
a variant spelling of all right
Usage note
The form alright, though very common, is still considered by many people to be wrong or less acceptable than all right
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alright

frequent spelling of all right, attested from 1893.

There are no such forms as all-right, or allright, or alright, though even the last, if seldom allowed by the compositors to appear in print, is often seen ... in MS. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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