OK

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See also: ok, ők, ök, -ök, and øk

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. Wikipedia lists several possibilities, of which the most widely-accepted is that it is an abbreviation of "oll korrect", a comical spelling of "all correct" which first appeared in print in The Boston Morning Post on March 23, 1839, as part of a fad for similar fanciful abbreviations in the United States during the late 1830s. The variant okeh (which see) is sometimes said to suggest a Choctaw origin.

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Noun[edit]

OK ‎(plural OKs)

  1. Endorsement; approval.
    We can start as soon as we get the OK.
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Verb[edit]

OK ‎(third-person singular simple present OKs, present participle OKing, simple past and past participle OKed)

  1. To approve.
    I don't want to OK this amount of money.
  2. (computing) To confirm by activating a button marked OK.
    • 2001, Mike Collins, Pro Tools: Practical Recording, Editing and Mixing for Music Production
      Type a suitable name for your Marker and OK the dialogue box.
    • 2008, Martin Evening, Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers
      When you OK the crop, the image size will be adjusted to match the front image resolution.
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Adjective[edit]

OK ‎(comparative more OK, superlative most OK)

  1. All right, permitted.
    Do you think it's OK to stay here for the night?
  2. Satisfactory, reasonably good; not exceptional.
    The soup was OK, but the dessert was excellent.
  3. In good health or a good emotional state.
    He's not feeling well now, but he should be OK after some rest.
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OK ‎(comparative more OK, superlative most OK)

  1. Satisfactorily, sufficiently well.
    The team did OK in the playoffs.
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Interjection[edit]

OK

  1. Used to indicate acknowledgement or acceptance.
    I promise to give it back. Reply: OK.
    Let's meet again this afternoon. Reply: OK.
    Shut up! Reply: OK, OK.
  2. An utterance expressing exasperation, similar to "all right!"
    OK! I get it! Stop nagging me!
  3. Used to introduce a sentence in order to draw attention to the importance of what is being said.
    OK, I'm thinking of a number...
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Proper noun[edit]

OK

  1. Acronym of Oklahoma, a state of the United States of America.

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Chinese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • 歐克欧克 (ōukè) (one of the ways to transliterate into Chinese characters)

Etymology[edit]

From English OK.

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OK

  1. (colloquial, nonstandard) alright
    OK [MSC, trad.]
    OK [MSC, simp.]
    ōukèi ma? [Pinyin]
    Are you OK?
    OOK [Cantonese, trad. and simp.]
    Nei5 ou1 m4 ou1 kei1 aa1? [Jyutping]
    Are you OK?

Interjection[edit]

OK

  1. (colloquial, nonstandard) OK
    上頭OKOK [MSC, trad.]
    上头OKOK [MSC, simp.]
    Shàngtou shuō ōukèi jiù ōukèi le. [Pinyin]
    If higher authorities say "OK", it means "OK".

Usage notes[edit]

  • Using Roman letters in a Chinese running text is frowned upon by many purists and not supported by language policies of Chinese speaking areas, but a limited number of words in Roman script in all capitals have entered Chinese dictionaries and mainstream Chinese literature.
  • In transcribing speech synonyms are often used instead of "OK", e.g. (hǎo), (xíng).

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Noun[edit]

OK ‎(katakana オーケー, romaji ōkē)

  1. (manufacturing) good

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OK ‎(katakana オーケー, romaji ōkē)

  1. OK

Korean[edit]

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From English

Noun[edit]

OK ‎(okei) ‎(hangeul 오케이)

  1. (manufacturing) good

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OK ‎(okei) ‎(hangeul 오케이)

  1. OK

Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English OK.

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OK

  1. OK (indicates acknowledgement or acceptance)

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Noun[edit]

OK m (plural OKs)

  1. OK (an indication of acknowledgement or acceptance)

Swedish[edit]

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OK

  1. OK, okay

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OK

  1. OK, okay

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OK

  1. OK, okay

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