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English adjective: well

1. well in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury


SamplesAppears to be entirely well.
The wound is nearly well.
A well man.
I think I'm well; at least I feel well.


Similarasymptomatic, cured, healed, recovered, symptomless


See alsofit, healthy


Antonymsill, sick

2. well resulting favorably


SamplesIt'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.


Synonymsgood


Similarfortunate


Antonymsunfortunate

3. well wise or advantageous and hence advisable


SamplesIt would be well to start early.


Similaradvisable


Antonymsinadvisable, unadvisable


English noun: well

1. well (artifact) a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine


Broader (hypernym)excavation


Narrower (hyponym)artesian well, driven well, gas well, oil well, oiler, sump, tube well

2. well (artifact) a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid


Broader (hypernym)vessel


Narrower (hyponym)inkstand, inkwell

3. well (communication) an abundant source


SamplesShe was a well of information.


Synonymsfountainhead, wellspring


Broader (hypernym)source

4. well (artifact) an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)


Broader (hypernym)shaft


Narrower (hyponym)stairwell

5. well (artifact) 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


Broader (hypernym)compartment


Narrower (hyponym)bilge well, pump well


English adverb: well

1. 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')


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsgood


Domain usagecombining form


Antonymsill, poorly, badly

2. well thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form


SamplesThe 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. well indicating high probability; in all likelihood


SamplesI 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.


Synonymseasily

4. well (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully


SamplesA book well worth reading.
Was well aware of the difficulties ahead.
Suspected only too well what might be going on.


Domain usageintensifier, intensive

5. well to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree


SamplesThe project was well underway.
The fetus has well developed organs.
His father was well pleased with his grades.

6. well favorably; with approval


SamplesTheir neighbors spoke well of them.
He thought well of the book.


Antonymsill, badly

7. well to a great extent or degree


SamplesI'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.


Synonymsconsiderably, substantially

8. well with great or especially intimate knowledge


SamplesWe knew them well.


Synonymsintimately

9. well with prudence or propriety


SamplesYou would do well to say nothing more.
Could not well refuse.

10. well with skill or in a pleasing manner


SamplesShe dances well.
He writes well.


Antonymsbadly

11. well in a manner affording benefit or advantage


SamplesShe married well.
The children were settled advantageously in Seattle.


Synonymsadvantageously


Antonymsdisadvantageously, badly

12. well in financial comfort


SamplesThey live well.
She has been able to live comfortably since her husband died.


Synonymscomfortably

13. well without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor


SamplesTook the joke well.
Took the tragic news well.


Antonymsbadly


English verb: well

1. well (motion) come up, as of a liquid


SamplesTears well in her eyes.
The currents well up.


Synonymsswell


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)come up, rise, rise up, surface









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