informal Originally used as a facetious initialism of "oll korrect" ("all correct"), part of a fad in Boston and New York in the late 1800s of using incorrect initialisms in place of common phrases. It can also be rendered phonetically as "okay."
1. interjection Used to express acceptance, understanding, acknowledgement, etc. A: "Hey, can you give me a ride home?" B: "OK. Hop in." OK, OK—we can have pizza for dinner tonight. Just stop whining about it! A: "I'm going out, I'll be back tonight." B: "OK, see you later."
2. interjection Used as a question word to seek or establish acceptance, understanding, acknowledgement, etc. We're going to move the meeting to Monday, OK? Look, I just want you to understand why I said what I said, OK?
3. adjective Satisfactory or agreeable. Was everything OK with your stay? I hope the food tastes OK. I've never made this recipe before.
4. adjective Fair, fine, or middling; neither especially good nor bad. The movie was only OK. Don't waste your money seeing it in the theater, but it might be worth a rental. My foot feels OK these days, but I'm not ready to run a marathon or anything.
5. adjective Safe; uninjured or unharmed. Sorry for making such a sharp turn there! Is everyone OK? A: "Marty, thank goodness! I was worried sick about you!" B: "I'm OK, Mom, really."
6. adjective Functioning, operating, or working properly. Thankfully, the computers are all OK despite the power surge. A: "Is it possible that the network is down?" B: "No, the network is OK. Something else must be causing the error."
7. adverb In a manner that is neither especially good nor bad. A: "Nice job!" B: "Thanks. I did OK, I guess. I think I probably could have performed a bit better in the middle of the song, but it was fine."
8. noun Approval, authorization, agreement, or endorsement. We can't start work on a new project until we get the OK from the boss. We've gotten OKs from three of the four stakeholders. We're just waiting for the last one before we take the next step in development.
9. verb To give approval, authorization, agreement, or endorsement (for something). You'll need the boss to OK any changes you want to make to the budget. The professor OK'ed my thesis proposal, so now I need to start really digging into my research for it.
slang To be excellent or exceptionally great; to be the best. Man, this restaurant rules! Everything they make here is absolutely delicious. A: "Did you ever watch 'GoBots' as a kid?" B: "Oh yeah, that show ruled!"
To be the best; to be the most dominant or in control; to be the most favored 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.
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— 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?
See also: OK
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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.
in. to dominate; to be the best. (Slang only in certain contexts. Typical in graffiti.) Pizza rules around here.
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