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Operating or existing in perfect working order or in the best condition to be hoped for. Primarily heard in US. We've got the new engine fitted to the car now, and so far it's running A-OK! I've felt A-OK since I left the hospital last week.
To be the best; to be the most dominant or in control; to be the most favoured or supported by the public. (Used originally in relation to football clubs or local gangs in graffiti writing.) Primarily heard in UK. Someone had come with a can of black spray paint and crossed out the big "Leeds Rules OK" that was painted on the side of the school. But in this part of the country, the conservatives rule OK with almost no opposition.
To be fine; to be not especially good or bad. A: "How have you been?" B: "Oh, I've been OK." These fries are OK, but they're not the best I've ever had.
(Is) everything OK?
Are you all right? How are you? Said when one suspects that the person being addressed is feeling sad or not their usual self. Everything OK? You seem kind of tense today. A: "Is everything OK?" B: "Oh yeah, everything's fine."
See also: everything
1. Feeling fine or recovering somewhat. Typically used as a response to a question about one's well-being. Oh, I'm doing OK—the grief has begun to lessen with time. A: "How is your sister?" B: "Doing OK. It just takes a long time to get back to normal after that kind of injury."
2. A question about one's well-being. You doing OK? I know you've had a rough week at work.
be doing OK
1. To be feeling fine or coping satisfactorily. Often used as a response to a question about one's wellbeing to indicate that one is relatively well. Oh, I'm doing OK—the grief has begun to lessen with time.
2. To be performing moderately successfully. Thankfully, our business is doing OK this quarter because we've had a lot more sales.
give (one) the OK
To tell one that it is permissible to do something. Don't worry, the boss gave me the OK to work overtime this week.
get the OK
To receive permission or approval to do something. Don't worry, I got the OK from the boss before I started doing all this research.
(Have you) been OK?
A question about one's well-being. I haven't seen you in so long! Have you been OK?
See also: been
everything's going to be OK
A phrase used to reassure or comfort someone. I know you're worried, but everything's going to be OK—I promise.
1. A phrase used to ask someone if they are feeling fine, especially when one suspects they may not be. I heard you were sick earlier this week—are you feeling OK now? Feeling OK today, Tim? You look a little under the weather.
2. Feeling fine. Yeah, I'm feeling OK, just tired.
— rule(s), OK?used to express your enthusiasm for a particular person or thing. informal, humorous
2000 Elle Here at ELLE we've always been big fans of Kerrigan's urban babewear, and this season…she really rocked. Daryl K rules, OK?
be doing OˈK/oˈkay(informal) be successful; be making a lot of money: ‘How’s business?’ ‘We’re doing OK, thanks.’ ♢ They’re doing more than okay with those new restaurants. They’re making a fortune.
give somebody/get the OˈK/oˈkay(informal) give somebody/receive approval or permission: I’m waiting to get the OK before I start on the project. ♢ He can’t start until his boss gives him the OK.
akand ok (ɑk)
n. October. (Securities markets: options and futures trading.) When the oks expire on Friday, we’ll start looking at the dec index. I told him to buy the “aks,” or Octobers, and he looked at me like I was crazy!
mod. in the best of condition. I really feel A-OK.
1. interj. accepted; agreed. (Initialism. From a jocular, mispelled abbreviation Oll Kerrect.) So, he said, like, “okay,” and, like, I go “okay.” So we both go “Okay.” Okay?
2. mod. acceptable. This cake is okay, but not what I would call first rate.
3. mod. acceptably. She ran okay—nothing spectacular.
4. n. (someone’s) acceptance. I won’t give the final okay until I see the plans.
5. tv. to approve something. She refused to okay our plans.
6. Go to ak.
Excellent. The term dates from a specific incident in 1961, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Colonel “Shorty” Power misunderstood astronaut Alan Shepard’s “OK” for “A-OK,” indicating that his suborbital flight was going well. The term caught on, along with other space-flight terms that entered the language about the same time.