well


well
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well [1] ADVERB (better, best) 1) in a good or satisfactory way. 2) in a condition of prosperity or comfort. 3) in a favourable or approving manner. 4) in a thorough manner. 5) to a great extent or degree; very much. 6) Brit. informal very; extremely: he was well out of order. 7) very probably; in all likelihood. 8) without difficulty. 9) with good reason. 10) archaic luckily; opportunely: hail fellow, well met.
ADJECTIVE (better, best) 1) in good health; free or recovered from illness. 2) in a satisfactory state or position. 3) sensible; advisable.
EXCLAMATION used to express surprise, anger, resignation, etc., or when pausing in speech.
as well — Cf. ↑just as well
as well (or just as well) — Cf. ↑just as well
be well out of — Cf. ↑be well out of
be well up on — Cf. ↑be well up on
leave (or let) well alone — Cf. ↑let well alone
well and truly — Cf. ↑well and truly
USAGE When well is used with a past participle, such as ‘built’, and the resulting compound precedes the noun, it is advisable to use a hyphen, as in a tall, well-built man ; usually a hyphen is not used when the c ompound stands alone, as in her remarks were well intentioned .
ORIGIN Old English, probably related to WILL(Cf. ↑will).
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well [2] NOUN 1) a shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil, or gas. 2) a depression made to hold liquid. 3) a plentiful source or supply. 4) an enclosed space in the middle of a building, giving room for stairs or a lift or allowing light or ventilation.
VERB (often well up) 1) (of a liquid) rise up to the surface and spill or be about to spill. 2) (of an emotion) arise and become more intense.
ORIGIN Old English.

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