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well 1  (wl)
1. A deep hole or shaft sunk into the earth to obtain water, oil, gas, or brine.
2. A container or reservoir for a liquid, such as ink.
a. A place where water issues from the earth; a spring or fountain.
b. A mineral spring.
c. wells A watering place; a spa.
4. An abundant source: a well of information.
5. An open space extending vertically through the floors of a building, as for stairs or ventilation.
6. Nautical
a. An enclosure in a ships hold for the pumps.
b. A compartment or recessed area in a ship, used for stowage: an anchor well.
c. A part of a ships weather deck enclosed between two watertight bulkheads.
7. A cistern with a perforated bottom in the hold of a fishing vessel for keeping fish alive.
8. An enclosed space for receiving and holding something, such as the wheels of an airplane when retracted.
9. Chiefly British The central space in a law court, directly in front of the judges bench, where the counsel or solicitor sits.
v. welled, well·ing, wells
1. To rise to the surface, ready to flow: Tears welled in my eyes.
2. To rise or surge from an inner source: Anger welled up in me.
To pour forth.

[Middle English welle, from Old English; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.]

well 2  (wl)
adv. bet·ter (btr), best (bst)
1. In a good or proper manner: behaved well.
2. Skillfully or proficiently: dances well.
3. Satisfactorily or sufficiently: slept well.
4. Successfully or effectively: gets along well with people.
5. In a comfortable or affluent manner: lived well.
6. In a manner affording benefit or gain; advantageously: married well.
7. With reason or propriety; reasonably: cant very well say no.
8. In all likelihood; indeed: You may well need your umbrella.
9. In a prudent or sensible manner: You would do well to say nothing more.
10. In a close or familiar manner: knew them well.
11. In a favorable or approving manner: spoke well of them.
12. Thoroughly; completely: well cooked; cooked well.
13. Perfectly; clearly: I well understand your intentions.
14. To a suitable or appropriate degree: This product will answer your needs equally well.
15. To a considerable extent or degree: well over the estimate.
16. With care or attention: listened well.
17. Entirely; fully: well worth seeing.
adj. better, best
1. In a satisfactory condition; right or proper: All is well.
a. Not ailing, infirm, or diseased; healthy. See Synonyms at healthy.
b. Cured or healed, as a wound.
c. Of or characterized by the maintenance of good health practices. Often used in combination: a well-baby clinic; a well-child visit to the doctor.
a. Advisable; prudent: It would be well not to ask.
b. Fortunate; good: It is well that you stayed.
1. Used to introduce a remark, resume a narrative, or fill a pause during conversation.
2. Used to express surprise.
as well
1. In addition; also: mentioned other matters as well.
2. With equal effect: I might as well go.
in well with Informal
In a position to influence or be favored by: Hes in well with management.

[Middle English wel, from Old English; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: English speakers have used well both as an adjective and as an adverb since Old English times. When applied to people, the adjective well usually refers to a state of health. Like similar adjectives, such as ill and faint, well in this use is normally restricted to the predicate, as in He hasnt been well lately. Well does see occasional use before a noun, as in Benjamin Franklins Poor Dick eats like a well man, and drinks like a sick. It also appears in compound adjectives like well-baby, which is well known to pediatricians and recent parents. Good, on the other hand, has a much wider range of senses, including attractive, as in He looks good, and competent, as in Shes pretty good for a beginner, as well as healthy. See Usage Note at good.

adv better, best
1. (often used in combination) in a satisfactory manner the party went very well
2. (often used in combination) in a good, skilful, or pleasing manner she plays the violin well
3. in a correct or careful manner listen well to my words
4. in a comfortable or prosperous manner to live well
5. (usually used with auxiliaries) suitably; fittingly you cant very well say that
6. intimately I knew him well
7. in a kind or favourable manner she speaks well of you
8. to a great or considerable extent; fully to be well informed
9. by a considerable margin let me know well in advance
10. (preceded by could, might, or may) indeed you may well have to do it yourself
11. Informal (intensifier) well safe
all very well used ironically to express discontent, dissent, etc.
as well
a.  in addition; too
b.  (preceded by may or might) with equal effect you might as well come
as well as in addition to
(just) as well preferable or advisable it would be just as well if you paid me now
just leave well (enough) alone to refrain from interfering with something that is satisfactory
well and good used to indicate calm acceptance, as of a decision if you accept my offer, well and good
well up in well acquainted with (a particular subject); knowledgeable about
adj (usually postpositive)
1. (when prenominal, usually used with a negative) in good health Im very well, thank you hes not a well man
2. satisfactory, agreeable, or pleasing
3. prudent; advisable it would be well to make no comment
4. prosperous or comfortable
5. fortunate or happy it is well that you agreed to go
a.  an expression of surprise, indignation, or reproof
b.  an expression of anticipation in waiting for an answer or remark
sentence connector
an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc. well, I dont think I will come
[Old English wel; related to Old High German wala, wola (German wohl), Old Norse val, Gothic waila]

1. (Engineering / Civil Engineering) (Mining & Quarrying) a hole or shaft that is excavated, drilled, bored, or cut into the earth so as to tap a supply of water, oil, gas, etc.
2. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) a natural pool where ground water comes to the surface
a.  a cavity, space, or vessel used to contain a liquid
b.  (in combination) an inkwell
4. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) an open shaft through the floors of a building, such as one used for a staircase
5. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) a deep enclosed space in a building or between buildings that is open to the sky to permit light and air to enter
6. (Transport / Nautical Terms)
a.  a bulkheaded compartment built around a ships pumps for protection and ease of access
b.  another word for cockpit
7. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Fishing) a perforated tank in the hold of a fishing boat for keeping caught fish alive
8. (Law) (in England) the open space in the centre of a law court
9. a source, esp one that provides a continuous supply he is a well of knowledge
to flow or cause to flow upwards or outwards tears welled from her eyes
[Old English wella; related to Old High German wella (German Welle wave), Old Norse vella boiling heat]

well  (wl)
A deep hole or shaft sunk into the Earth to tap a liquid or gaseous substance such as water, oil, gas, or brine. If the substance is not under sufficient pressure to flow freely from the well, it must be pumped or raised mechanically to the surface. Water or pressurized gas is sometimes pumped into a nonproducing oil well to push petroleum resources out of underground reservoirs. See also artesian well.

well  /wl/  adv. better /btr/, best /bst/ 1 in a good way, competently: She performs well as an actress.||He plays the piano very well.2 very much: He finished the exam well before the exam period ended. 3 as well as: in addition to: She has a dog as well as two cats as pets.4 to leave well enough alone: to keep quiet or stop doing s.t. so as not to cause trouble: You cant win, so leave well enough alone and stop arguing. 5 well done: I approve, congratulations: You won the race. Well done! See: well-done.
adj. in good health: I hope you are well.
n. a hole made in the ground (for water, oil, etc.): Please fill this bucket from the water well.
phrasal v. [I] to well up: to rise: Protests welled up into riots.||Tears welled up in his eyes as he said good-bye to his family.
interj. an expression to show surprise, doubt, hesitation, etc.: Well! Thats an interesting idea! well

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