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English definition of “welcome”

welcome

verb [T]  /ˈwel·kəm/ us  

welcome verb [T] (MEET)

to meet or speak to someone in a friendly way when that person comes to the place where you are: We went next door to welcome our new neighbors. The prime minister of Canada welcomed the president warmly.

welcome verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to be pleased about or support something: Baseball fans welcomed the end of the playersstrike. She welcomed the opportunity to explain herself.
welcome
noun [C]  /ˈwel·kəm/ us  
We were given a warm welcome.

welcome

adjective  /ˈwel·kəm/ us  

welcome adjective (SUPPORTED)

"You’re welcome" is a polite answer when someone thanks you: "Thanks for taking care of our cat." "You’re welcome."

welcome adjective (MET)

(of someone who visits) received in a friendly way: You’ll always be welcome here.
(Definition of welcome from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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