in a good or satisfactory manner:
Business is going well.
thoroughly, carefully, or soundly:
to shake well before using; listen well.
in a moral or proper manner:
to behave well.
commendably, meritoriously, or excellently:
a difficult task well done.
with propriety, justice, or reason:
I could not well refuse.
adequately or sufficiently:
Think well before you act.
to a considerable extent or degree (often used in combination): a sum well over the amount agreed upon;
a well-developed theme.
with great or intimate knowledge:
to know a person well.
certainly; without doubt:
I anger easily, as you well know.
with ; without rancor:
He took the joke well.
in good health; sound in body and mind:
Are you well? He is not a well man.
satisfactory, pleasing, or good:
All is well with us.
proper, fitting, or gratifying:
It is well that you didn’t go.
in a satisfactory position; well-off:
I am very well as I am.
(used to express surprise, reproof, etc.):
Well! There’s no need to shout.
(used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.):
Well, who would have thought he could do it?
well-being; good fortune; success:
to wish well to someone.
in addition; also; too:
She insisted on directing the play and on producing it as well.
The town grew as well because of its location as because of its superb climate.
as well as, as much or as truly as; equally as:
Joan is witty as well as intelligent.
leave well enough alone, avoid changing something that is satisfactory.
adverb better, best
(often used in combination) in a satisfactory manner: the party went very well
(often used in combination) in a good, skilful, or pleasing manner: she plays the violin well
in a correct or careful manner: listen well to my words
in a comfortable or prosperous manner: to live well
(usually used with auxiliaries) suitably; fittingly: you can’t very well say that
intimately: I knew him well
in a kind or favourable manner: she speaks well of you
to a great or considerable extent; fully: to be well informed
by a considerable margin: let me know well in advance
preceded by could, might, or may. indeed: you may well have to do it yourself
(informal) (intensifier): well safe
all very well, used ironically to express discontent, dissent, etc
in addition; too
preceded by may or might. with equal effect: you might as well come
just as well, preferable or advisable: it would be just as well if you paid me now
as well as, in addition to
just leave well alone, just leave well enough alone, to refrain from interfering with something that is satisfactory
well and good, used to indicate calm acceptance, as of a decision: if you accept my offer, well and good
well up in, well acquainted with (a particular subject); knowledgeable about
adjective (usually postpositive)
(when prenominal, usually used with a negative) in good health: I’m very well, thank you, he’s not a well man
satisfactory, agreeable, or pleasing
prudent; advisable: it would be well to make no comment
prosperous or comfortable
fortunate or happy: it is well that you agreed to go
an expression of surprise, indignation, or reproof
an expression of anticipation in waiting for an answer or remark
an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc: well, I don’t think I will come
a hole or shaft that is excavated, drilled, bored, or cut into the earth so as to tap a supply of water, oil, gas, etc
a natural pool where ground water comes to the surface
a cavity, space, or vessel used to contain a liquid
(in combination): an inkwell
an open shaft through the floors of a building, such as one used for a staircase
a deep enclosed space in a building or between buildings that is open to the sky to permit light and air to enter
a bulkheaded compartment built around a ship’s pumps for protection and ease of access
another word for cockpit
a perforated tank in the hold of a fishing boat for keeping caught fish alive
(in England) the open space in the centre of a law court
a source, esp one that provides a continuous supply: he is a well of knowledge
to flow or cause to flow upwards or outwards: tears welled from her eyes
“in a satisfactory manner,” Old English wel, common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon wela, Old Norse vel, Old Frisian wel, Dutch wel, Old High German wela, German wohl, Gothic waila “well”), from PIE *wel-, *wol- (cf. Sanskrit prati varam “at will,” Old Church Slavonic vole “well,” Welsh gwell “better,” Latin velle “to wish, will,” Old English willan “to wish;” see will (v.)). Also used in Old English as an interjection and an expression of surprise. Well-to-do “prosperous” is recorded from 1825.
“to spring, rise, gush,” Old English wiellan (Anglian wællan), causative of weallan “to boil, bubble up” (class VII strong verb; past tense weoll, past participle weallen), from Proto-Germanic *wal-, *wel- “roll” (cf. Old Saxon wallan, Old Norse vella, Old Frisian walla, Old High German wallan, German wallen, Gothic wulan “to bubble, boil”), from PIE root *wel- “to turn, roll” (see volvox), on notion of “roiling or bubbling water.”
“hole dug for water, spring of water,” Old English wielle (West Saxon), welle (Anglian), from wiellan (see well (v.)).
A deep hole or shaft sunk into the Earth to tap a liquid or gaseous substance such as water, oil, gas, or brine. If the substance is not under sufficient pressure to flow freely from the well, it must be pumped or raised mechanically to the surface. Water or pressurized gas is sometimes pumped into a nonproducing oil well to push petroleum resources out of underground reservoirs. See also artesian well.
(Heb. beer), to be distinguished from a fountain (Heb. ‘ain). A “beer” was a deep shaft, bored far under the rocky surface by the art of man, which contained water which percolated through the strata in its sides. Such wells were those of Jacob and Beersheba, etc. (see Gen. 21:19, 25, 30, 31; 24:11; 26:15, 18-25, 32, etc.). In the Pentateuch this word beer, so rendered, occurs twenty-five times.
In addition, besides, also. For example, Mary is going to Italy and to France as well, or A fine conductor, he plays the violin as well. [ 1300s ]
With an equal or similar result, as in Since he can’t get there in time, he might as well stay at home, or It’s just as well that you came today, since Harry is here, too. [ 1400s ]
well and good
well out of, be
alive and kicking (well)
all’s well that ends well
all very well
as well as
augur well for
hanged for a sheep, might as well be
leave well enough alone
only too (well)
sit well with
think a lot (well) of
to a fare-thee-well
- As usual
habitual or customary: her usual skill. commonly met with or observed in experience; ordinary: the usual January weather. commonplace; everyday: He says the usual things. something that is usual: He could expect only the usual. as usual, in the customary or usual manner: As usual, he forgot my birthday. adjective of the most normal, frequent, […]
- As well as
in a good or satisfactory manner: Business is going well. thoroughly, carefully, or soundly: to shake well before using; listen well. in a moral or proper manner: to behave well. commendably, meritoriously, or excellently: a difficult task well done. with propriety, justice, or reason: I could not well refuse. adequately or sufficiently: Think well before […]
what person or persons?: Who did it? (of a person) of what character, origin, position, importance, etc.: Who does she think she is? the person that or any person that (used relatively to represent a specified or implied antecedent): It was who you thought. (used relatively in restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses to represent a specified […]
- As were
to the same degree, amount, or extent; similarly; equally: I don’t think it’s as hot and humid today as it was yesterday. for example; for instance: Some flowers, as the rose, require special care. thought to be or considered to be: the square as distinct from the rectangle; the church as separate from the state. […]