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well adverb
1. (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')
Related: good
Antonyms: ill
  • "the children behaved well"
  • "a task well done"
  • "the party went well"
  • "he slept well"
  • "a well-argued thesis"
  • "a well-seasoned dish"
  • "a well-planned party"
  • "the baby can walk pretty good"
2. thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form
  • "The problem is well understood"
  • "she was well informed"
  • "shake well before using"
  • "in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"
  • "well-done beef"
  • "well-satisfied customers"
  • "well-educated"
3. indicating high probability; in all likelihood
Related: easily
  • "I might well do it"
  • "a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"
  • "you may well need your umbrella"
  • "he could equally well be trying to deceive us"
4. (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully
  • "a book well worth reading"
  • "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"
  • "suspected only too well what might be going on"
5. to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree
  • "the project was well underway"
  • "the fetus has well developed organs"
  • "his father was well pleased with his grades"
6. favorably; with approval
Antonyms: ill
  • "their neighbors spoke well of them"
  • "he thought well of the book"
7. to a great extent or degree
Related: considerably, substantially
  • "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"
  • "painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"
  • "the house has fallen considerably in value"
  • "the price went up substantially"
8. with great or especially intimate knowledge
Related: intimately
  • "we knew them well"
9. with prudence or propriety
  • "You would do well to say nothing more"
  • "could not well refuse"
10. with skill or in a pleasing manner
Antonyms: badly
  • "she dances well"
  • "he writes well"
11. in a manner affording benefit or advantage
Related: advantageously
Antonyms: badly
  • "she married well"
  • "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"
12. in financial comfort
Related: comfortably
  • "They live well"
  • "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"
13. without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor
Antonyms: badly
  • "took the joke well"
  • "took the tragic news well"
well verb
1. (surface) come up, as of a liquid
Related: swell
  • "Tears well in her eyes"
  • "the currents well up"
well adjective
1. (fit) in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury
Antonyms: ill
  • "appears to be entirely well"
  • "the wound is nearly well"
  • "a well man"
  • "I think I'm well
  • at least I feel well"
well noun
1. (excavation) a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
2. (vessel) a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
3. (source) an abundant source
Related: wellspring, fountainhead
  • "she was a well of information"
4. (shaft) an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
5. (compartment) 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 exclamation
1. used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief
  • "Well, really! The manners of some people!"
good adjective
1. resulting favorably
Related: well
  • "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"
  • "it is good that you stayed"
  • "it is well that no one saw you"
  • "all's well that ends well"
well(p) adjective
1. wise or advantageous and hence advisable
  • "it would be well to start early"
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