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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.




3. well wise or advantageous and hence advisable

SamplesIt would be well to start early.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


11. well in a manner affording benefit or advantage

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


Antonymsdisadvantageously, badly

12. well in financial comfort

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


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

SamplesTook the joke well.
Took the tragic news well.


English verb: well

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

SamplesTears well in her eyes.
The currents well up.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

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

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