Definitions for well

Definitions for (noun) well

Main entry: well

Definition: a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine

Main entry: well

Definition: 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

Main entry: well

Definition: an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)

Main entry: well

Definition: a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid

Main entry: well, wellspring, fountainhead

Definition: an abundant source

Usage: she was a well of information

Definitions for (verb) well

Main entry: well, swell

Definition: come up, as of a liquid

Usage: Tears well in her eyes; the currents well up

Definitions for (adj) well

Main entry: well

Definition: wise or advantageous and hence advisable

Usage: it would be well to start early

Main entry: good, well

Definition: resulting favorably

Usage: 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

Main entry: well

Definition: in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury

Usage: appears to be entirely well; the wound is nearly well; a well man; I think I'm well; at least I feel well

Definitions for (adv) well

Main entry: good, well

Definition: (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')

Usage: 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

Main entry: well

Definition: without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor

Usage: took the joke well; took the tragic news well

Main entry: well, easily

Definition: indicating high probability; in all likelihood

Usage: 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

Main entry: well

Definition: thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form

Usage: 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

Main entry: well

Definition: favorably; with approval

Usage: their neighbors spoke well of them; he thought well of the book

Main entry: well

Definition: to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree

Usage: the project was well underway; the fetus has well developed organs; his father was well pleased with his grades

Main entry: well, comfortably

Definition: in financial comfort

Usage: They live well; she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died

Main entry: well, advantageously

Definition: in a manner affording benefit or advantage

Usage: she married well; The children were settled advantageously in Seattle

Main entry: considerably, well, substantially

Definition: to a great extent or degree

Usage: 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

Main entry: well

Definition: with skill or in a pleasing manner

Usage: she dances well; he writes well

Main entry: well

Definition: with prudence or propriety

Usage: You would do well to say nothing more; could not well refuse

Main entry: well, intimately

Definition: with great or especially intimate knowledge

Usage: we knew them well

Main entry: well

Definition: (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully

Usage: a book well worth reading; was well aware of the difficulties ahead; suspected only too well what might be going on

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