Results for: well
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.
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
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/ 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!
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!