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 well well

adj

  • ( ) in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury  ( well )
    in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury
     appears to be entirely well
    appears to be entirely well
     the wound is nearly well
    the wound is nearly well
     a well man
    a well man
     I think I'm well; at least I feel well
    I think I'm well; at least I feel well
  • noun

  • ( ) a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine  ( well )
    a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
  • ( ) a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid  ( well )
    a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
  • an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps  ( well )
    an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps
  • an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)  ( well )
    an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
  • an abundant source  ( fountainhead, well, wellspring )
    an abundant source
     she was a well of information
    she was a well of information
  • adv

  • ( ) (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for well')  ( good, well )
    (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for well')
     the children behaved well
    the children behaved well
     a task well done
    a task well done
     the party went well
    the party went well
     he slept well
    he slept well
     a well-argued thesis
    a well-argued thesis
     a well-seasoned dish
    a well-seasoned dish
     a well-planned party
    a well-planned party
     the baby can walk pretty good
    the baby can walk pretty good
  • ( ) thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form  ( well )
    thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form
     The problem is well understood
    The problem is well understood
     she was well informed
    she was well informed
     shake well before using
    shake well before using
     in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked
    in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked
     well-done beef
    well-done beef
     well-satisfied customers
    well-satisfied customers
     well-educated
    well-educated
  • ( ) indicating high probability; in all likelihood  ( easily, well )
    indicating high probability; in all likelihood
     I might well do it
    I might well do it
     a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster
    a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster
     you may well need your umbrella
    you may well need your umbrella
     he could equally well be trying to deceive us
    he could equally well be trying to deceive us
  • ( ) (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully  ( well )
    (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully
     a book well worth reading
    a book well worth reading
     was well aware of the difficulties ahead
    was well aware of the difficulties ahead
     suspected only too well what might be going on
    suspected only too well what might be going on
  • ( ) favorably; with approval  ( well )
    favorably; with approval
     their neighbors spoke well of them
    their neighbors spoke well of them
     he thought well of the book
    he thought well of the book
  • ( ) to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree  ( well )
    to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree
     the project was well underway
    the project was well underway
     the fetus has well developed organs
    the fetus has well developed organs
     his father was well pleased with his grades
    his father was well pleased with his grades
  • ( ) to a great extent or degree  ( considerably, substantially, well )
    to a great extent or degree
     I'm afraid the film was well over budget
    I'm afraid the film was well over budget
     painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger
    painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger
     the house has fallen considerably in value
    the house has fallen considerably in value
     the price went up substantially
    the price went up substantially
  • ( ) with great or especially intimate knowledge  ( intimately, well )
    with great or especially intimate knowledge
     we knew them well
    we knew them well
  • without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor  ( well )
    without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor
     took the joke well
    took the joke well
     took the tragic news well
    took the tragic news well
  • in financial comfort  ( comfortably, well )
    in financial comfort
     They live well
    They live well
     she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died
    she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died
  • in a manner affording benefit or advantage  ( advantageously, well )
    in a manner affording benefit or advantage
     she married well
    she married well
     The children were settled advantageously in Seattle
    The children were settled advantageously in Seattle
  • with skill or in a pleasing manner  ( well )
    with skill or in a pleasing manner
     she dances well
    she dances well
     he writes well
    he writes well
  • with prudence or propriety  ( well )
    with prudence or propriety
     You would do well to say nothing more
    You would do well to say nothing more
     could not well refuse
    could not well refuse
  • adj

  • ( ) wise or advantageous and hence advisable  ( well )
    wise or advantageous and hence advisable
     it would be well to start early
    it would be well to start early
  • ( ) resulting favorably  ( good, well )
    resulting favorably
     it's a good thing that I wasn't there
    it's a good thing that I wasn't there
     it is good that you stayed
    it is good that you stayed
     it is well that no one saw you
    it is well that no one saw you
     all's well that ends well
    all's well that ends well
  • verb

  • ( ) come up, as of a liquid  ( swell, well )
    come up, as of a liquid
     Tears well in her eyes
    Tears well in her eyes
     the currents well up
    the currents well up


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