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Meaning of "okay" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF OKAY

okay  [ˌəʊˈkeɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OKAY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Okay is a verb and can also act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb okay in English.

WHAT DOES OKAY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

okay

OK

"OK" is a word denoting approval, acceptance, agreement, assent, or acknowledgment. "OK" has frequently turned up as a loanword in many other languages. As an adjective, "okay" means "adequate," "acceptable", "mediocre" often in contrast to "good"; it also functions as an adverb in this sense. As an interjection, it can denote compliance, or agreement. As a verb and noun it means "assent" As a versatile discourse marker, it can also be used with appropriate voice tone to show doubt or to seek confirmation.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO OKAY

PRESENT

Present
I okay
you okay
he/she/it okays
we okay
you okay
they okay
Present continuous
I am okaying
you are okaying
he/she/it is okaying
we are okaying
you are okaying
they are okaying
Present perfect
I have okayed
you have okayed
he/she/it has okayed
we have okayed
you have okayed
they have okayed
Present perfect continuous
I have been okaying
you have been okaying
he/she/it has been okaying
we have been okaying
you have been okaying
they have been okaying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I okayed
you okayed
he/she/it okayed
we okayed
you okayed
they okayed
Past continuous
I was okaying
you were okaying
he/she/it was okaying
we were okaying
you were okaying
they were okaying
Past perfect
I had okayed
you had okayed
he/she/it had okayed
we had okayed
you had okayed
they had okayed
Past perfect continuous
I had been okaying
you had been okaying
he/she/it had been okaying
we had been okaying
you had been okaying
they had been okaying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will okay
you will okay
he/she/it will okay
we will okay
you will okay
they will okay
Future continuous
I will be okaying
you will be okaying
he/she/it will be okaying
we will be okaying
you will be okaying
they will be okaying
Future perfect
I will have okayed
you will have okayed
he/she/it will have okayed
we will have okayed
you will have okayed
they will have okayed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been okaying
you will have been okaying
he/she/it will have been okaying
we will have been okaying
you will have been okaying
they will have been okaying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would okay
you would okay
he/she/it would okay
we would okay
you would okay
they would okay
Conditional continuous
I would be okaying
you would be okaying
he/she/it would be okaying
we would be okaying
you would be okaying
they would be okaying
Conditional perfect
I would have okay
you would have okay
he/she/it would have okay
we would have okay
you would have okay
they would have okay
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been okaying
you would have been okaying
he/she/it would have been okaying
we would have been okaying
you would have been okaying
they would have been okaying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you okay
we let´s okay
you okay
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to okay
Past participle
okayed
Present Participle
okaying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH OKAY


A-okay
ˌeɪəʊˈkeɪ
applique
əˈpliːkeɪ
Biscay
ˈbɪskeɪ
blanquet
blɒŋˈkeɪ
bouquet
bəʊˈkeɪ
cay
keɪ
croquet
ˈkrəʊkeɪ
decay
dɪˈkeɪ
ecce
ˈɛkeɪ
kae
keɪ
Kay
keɪ
Marinduque
ˌmɑːrɪnˈduːkeɪ
O.K.
ˌəʊˈkeɪ
parquet
ˈpɑːkeɪ
pikake
ˈpiːkɑːkeɪ
shiitake
ˌʃɪɪˈtɑːkeɪ
shitake
ˌʃɪˈtɑːkeɪ
tokay
ˈtəʊkeɪ
tourniquet
ˈtʊənɪˌkeɪ
towkay
taʊˈkeɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OKAY

oka
Okanagan
Okanagan Lake
Okanogan
okapi
Okavango
Okavango Basin
Okayama
oke
Okeechobee
Okefenokee Swamp
Okeghem
okey doke
okey-doke
okey-dokey
Okhotsk
Okie
okimono

WORDS THAT END LIKE OKAY

anyway
away
ay
bay
be that as it may
birthday
Blu-ray
Conway
day
display
everyday
Friday
from day to day
gay
gray
hay
highway
in a way
Mackay
twankay

Synonyms and antonyms of okay in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «okay» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OKAY

Find out the translation of okay to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of okay from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «okay» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

好的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

bien
570 millions of speakers

English

okay
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

ठीक है
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

حَسَنٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

хороший
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

certo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঠিক আছে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

convenable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

baik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

in Ordnung
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

オーケー
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

괜찮은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

nggih
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

được
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சரி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ठीक आहे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Tamam
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

giusto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

w porządku
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

нормальний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

în regulă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αποδεκτός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

okay
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

okej
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

okay
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of okay

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OKAY»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OKAY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about okay

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10 QUOTES WITH «OKAY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word okay.
1
Laura Benanti
I do think musical-theater actors can get a bad rap, and I see why. There is a certain slickness - there's nothing better than an amazing musical, but an okay musical can be one of the worst times you've ever had.
2
Kerry Bishe
To me, one of the things I love about being an actor is that it's never done; it's never perfect, and so it's the process. It's like practicing being okay with things not being perfect and things being outside of your control.
3
Josh Brolin
You have to be okay with wins and losses. You can't just be looking for the wins and, when the losses happen, you can't buy more and more because you're sure it's going to bounce. We call that revenge trading.
4
Monica Denise Brown
My first priority is my children. If at any moment I put aside something that I want to do to be a better parent than that is more than okay for me.
5
Jane Campion
I didn't like England. I couldn't take the look of the place or the style of friendship. I need more intimacy from people than is considered okay there, and I felt that my personality and my enthusiasms weren't understood. I had to put a big lid on myself.
6
Nancy Cartwright
Adding 'just kidding' doesn't make it okay to insult the Principal.
7
Vincent Cassel
I'm more attracted to the bad guys. Why? Because in real life, I don't know any good guys. I know okay guys. I know polite guys. I know people who can control themselves.
8
Julie Chen
You need to prioritize. If you can't get to everything or do everything, that's okay.
9
Melanie Chisholm
We were in the same band, but we're two completely different people. People have asked me to make comparisons with our albums, and I can't, because there's no comparison. Her album's okay. I don't think she's the best singer on Earth, but she's okay.
10
Brian P. Cleary
It's perfectly okay if you don't understand every single one of them. For one thing, I make a lot of corny jokes, and you have to be 40 years old to get some of them.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OKAY»

Discover the use of okay in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to okay and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Okay for Now
In this stunning novel, Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and survival.
Gary D. Schmidt, 2011
2
The Okay Book
In illustrations and audio, Parr enumerates a number of different things that are okay, such as "It's okay to be short" and "It's okay to dream big". Full color.
Todd Parr, 2011
3
It's Okay To Be Different
It's okay to be a different color. It's okay to dance by yourself. It's okay to wear glasses. It's okay to have a pet worm.... It's okay to be different!
Todd Parr, 2011
4
It'll be Okay: How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ...
This book is about how a young Marine officer, attorney, and family man faced and overcame a relentless "enemy" called OCD. It is a story about struggle, perseverance, and overcoming adversity. This book is not intended as medical advice.
Shannon Shy, 2010
5
You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac
Collects vignettes written by Jack Kerouac's first wife remembering her marriage to the American novelist during the 1940s and their subsequent life-long friendship.
Edie Kerouac-Parker, Timothy Moran, Bill Morgan, 2007
6
Its Okay to Manage Your Boss: The Step-by-Step Program for ...
Get what you need from your boss In this follow-up to the bestselling It's Okay to Be the Boss, Bruce Tulgan argues that as managers demand more and more from their employees, they are also providing them with less guidance than ever before ...
Bruce Tulgan, 2010
7
Dear Dumb Diary, Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
As their school gets ready for the annual Fun Fair, Jamie and Isabella agree to compete in the bottle toss game and to terrible consequences for the loser.
‎2011
8
Ready, Okay!: A Novel
A novel about alienated adolescents follows a group of teens in suburban California as they move through a dangerous world inhabited by drugs, violence, and parental abadonment.
Adam Cadre, 2000
9
I'm deaf, and it's okay
A young boy describes the frustrations caused by his deafness and the encouragement he receives from a deaf teenager that he can lead an active life.
Lorraine Aseltine, Evelyn Mueller, Nancy Tait, 1986
10
All My Feelings Are Okay
Kondracki helps readers to identify destructive patterns of denying feelings and offers healthy alternatives. An action-oriented book in the Guides for Growing a Healthy Family series.
Linda Kondracki, Linda Kondracki Sibley, 1993

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OKAY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term okay is used in the context of the following news items.
1
The worst kind of media bias: When it's okay to threaten someone on …
Here's a cliched question: What would happen if a large male grabbed a smaller male by the neck and threatened enough violence to send the ... «Hot Air, Jul 15»
2
Lea Michele's Key To Successful Relationship: Be “Totally Okay
The 28-year-old singer revealed that in order to have a fruitful relationship, she believes a person must be “totally okay” with oneself. "I think ... «International Business Times, Jul 15»
3
Perez 'okay' after practice flip
Sergio Perez says he is "okay" after suffering a dramatic crash and flip in Friday's first practice at the Hungaroring. The Force India driver ... «Planet F1, Jul 15»
4
Dawie Roodt traumatised but 'okay' after attack
He is okay but he will be undergoing more operations," Botha said. Roodt's wife and children escaped the incident uninjured after they locked ... «News24, Jul 15»
5
AT&T's $48.5 billion DirecTV purchase gets final U.S. okay
AT&T's $48.5 billion DirecTV purchase gets final U.S. okay. U.S. regulatory approval allows combination of the country's No. 2 wireless carrier ... «PhillyVoice.com, Jul 15»
6
Why do people seem to be okay with leaving a mess after the …
“It is that thing of when everyone is doing something, you start to think it's okay. And it's kind of a bit of a tipping-point effect. Once you see the ... «News1130, Jul 15»
7
Annie, are you okay? Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks
Annie, are you okay? Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks. 6 hours agoby: Sean Wist. 0%. 4 Comments. 1999's STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE ... «JoBlo.com, Jul 15»
8
HC okay for demolition of 100 year old building on Mumbai's iconic …
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday gave its go ahead for the demolition of an over century old building owned by LIC, which is located ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
9
Ridgewood Planning Board Says 'Okay' To Multi-Family Housing In …
Ridgewood Planning Board Says 'Okay' To Multi-Family Housing In Central Business District. Board will send a letter to the council stating that ... «Patch.com, Jul 15»
10
Lamar Odom -- Okay, Khloe Was Right ... I'm Getting in Shape …
0722-lamar-odom-gym-instagram-01 Lamar Odom is taking at least one piece of advice from his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian -- he's taking steps ... «TMZ.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Okay [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/okay>. Dec 2020 ».
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