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good  (gd)
adj. bet·ter (btr), best (bst)
1. Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor: a good experience; good news from the hospital.
2.
a. Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing: a good exterior paint; a good joke.
b. Serving the desired purpose or end; suitable: Is this a good dress for the party?
3.
a. Not spoiled or ruined: The milk is still good.
b. In excellent condition; sound: a good tooth.
4.
a. Superior to the average; satisfactory: a good student.
b. Used formerly to refer to the U.S. Government grade of meat higher than standard and lower than choice.
5.
a. Of high quality: good books.
b. Discriminating: good taste.
6. Worthy of respect; honorable: ruined the familys good name.
7. Attractive; handsome: good looks.
8. Beneficial to health; salutary: a good nights rest.
9. Competent; skilled: a good machinist.
10. Complete; thorough: a good workout.
11.
a. Reliable; sure: a good investment.
b. Valid or true: a good reason.
c. Genuine; real: a good dollar bill.
12.
a. In effect; operative: a warranty good for two years; a drivers license that is still good.
b. Able to continue in a specified activity: Im good for another round of golf.
13.
a. Able to pay or contribute: Is she good for the money that you lent her?
b. Able to elicit a specified reaction: He is always good for a laugh.
14.
a. Ample; substantial: a good income.
b. Bountiful: a good table.
15. Full: It is a good mile from here.
16.
a. Pleasant; enjoyable: had a good time at the party.
b. Propitious; favorable: good weather; a good omen.
17.
a. Of moral excellence; upright: a good person.
b. Benevolent; kind: a good soul; a good heart.
c. Loyal; staunch: a good Republican.
18.
a. Well-behaved; obedient: a good child.
b. Socially correct; proper: good manners.
19. Sports
a. Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play: The first serve was wide, but the second was good.
b. Passing between the uprights of the goal and therefore scoring, as a field goal in football.
20. Used to form exclamatory phrases expressing surprise or dismay: Good heavens! Good grief!
n.
1.
a. Something that is good.
b. A good, valuable, or useful part or aspect.
2. Welfare; benefit: for the common good.
3. Goodness; virtue: There is much good to be found in people.
4. goods
a. Commodities; wares: frozen goods.
b. Portable personal property.
c. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Fabric; material.
5. goods Slang Incriminating information or evidence: tried to get the goods on the crook.
adv. Informal
Well.
Idioms:
as good as
Practically; nearly: as good as new.
but good
Informal Used as an intensive: The pipe started to leak but good.
for good
Permanently; forever: Im moving to Europe for good.
good and
Informal Very; thoroughly: Ill do it when Im good and ready.
no good Informal
1. Worthless.
2. Futile; useless: Its no good arguing with them.
to the good
1. For the best; advantageous.
2. In an advantageous financial position: ended up to the good.

[Middle English, from Old English gd; see ghedh- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Good is properly used as an adjective with linking verbs such as be, seem, or appear: The future looks good. The soup tastes good. It should not be used as an adverb with other verbs: The car runs well (not good). Thus, The dress fits well and looks good. See Usage Note at well2.


good  /gd/  adj. better /btr/, best /bst/ 1 (syns.) pleasant, nice | (in general) having a pleasant, appealing quality: She had a good time on her vacation. She had a pleasant time . . .||You look good; I like your new hairstyle. You look nice; I like your new hairstyle. 2 (syns.) reasonable, beneficial to s.o., having the right quality: Housing prices are (syns.) talented, skillful: Hes good at playing the piano. He is talented at playing the piano.||I am no good at numbers; I always need help with my taxes. I am not skillful with (syns.) wholesome or beneficial for ones body or mind: Milk and cheese are good for your teeth and bones. Milk and cheese are beneficial for (syns.) useful or suitable for s.t.: This software program is good for doing financial documents. This software program is useful for doing financial documents. 8 (syns.) fresh, not spoiled: The bread from yesterday is still good. The bread from yesterday is still fresh. 10 (syns.) valid, in force, able to be used legally: Her drivers license is good for five years. Her drivers license is valid for five years. 12 (syns.) genuine, authentic: That gold coin is good, not fake. That gold coin is genuine, not fake. 13infrml. a good deal: a sizeable amount of s.t.: There was a good deal of anger when the employees lost their jobs. 14 all in good time: when s.t. is ready, unhurried: You will learn the answer all in good time. 15 as good as: almost, practically: I washed those old curtains and now they look as good as new. 16 as good as done (finished, taken care of): s.t. that will be done quickly: We will start immediately; you can consider the job as good as done. 17 for good: forever: He is gone for good and wont be back. 18 good and ready: expressing firmness about acting only when one wants to: Ill answer your question when Im good and ready. 19 good enough: adequate, satisfactory: That dress is simple but good enough just to wear around the house. 20 no good: useless, worthless: Its no good turning the computer on; the system is down. 21 thats a good one: a phrase usu. said about a joke or funny situation: Thats a good one! That joke is very funny!
n. 1 not evil, that which is considered good: In many movies, good always beats evil.||There is some good in him; dont send him to jail. 2 s.t. that is beneficial: Her long summer vacation did her good.||The government works for the good of the people. 3 for your own good: in ones own best interest (said to s.o. who should do s.t. difficult for their own benefit): You should stay away from those troublemakers for your own good. 4 Its no good: its useless, there is no point in doing s.t.: Its no good trying to run; the police will catch you. 5 to come to no good: to develop into a bad situation or person: He runs around with bad people and he will come to no good someday. 6 to do good: to benefit others, perform a kindness: The church does good by helping the poor.
exclam. 1 wonderful, excellent: Good! The rain has stopped. 2 Good for you: congratulations: Good for you; Im really happy that you won the tournament!
adv. 1 to make good: to succeed: She made good in a banking career. 2 to make up for s.t.: The printer made a mistake on my order, but they made good on their mistake by giving me a discount. See: dogooder, soft goods.

Usage Note: Good should not be used as an adverb in formal speech or writing, such as in, He did good on the test. It should be: He did well on the test. good

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