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good

adjective uk   /ɡʊd/ (better, best) us  

good adjective (PLEASANT/SATISFACTORY)

A1 very satisfactory, enjoyable, pleasant, or interesting: a good book Did you have a good time at the party? The weather has been really good for the time of year. I've just had some very good news. It's so good to see you after all this time!Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good used in greetings: good morning/afternoon/eveningWelcoming, greeting and greetings

good adjective (HEALTHY)

A1 healthy or well: I didn't go into work because I wasn't feeling too good. "How's your mother?" "She's good, thanks." I'm good used as a general reply when someone greets you: "How are you doing?" "I'm good, thanks."

good adjective (HIGH QUALITY)

A1 of a high quality or level: She speaks very good French. I've heard it's a very good school. The apple pie was as good as the one my grandmother used to make. This restaurant has a good reputation.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good used to express praise: Good man! Splendid catch.Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down

good adjective (SUCCESSFUL)

A1 successful, or able to do something well: Kate's a good cook. She's very good at geography. They have a good relationship. She's very good with children.Successful (things or people) be no good (also be not any/much good) B2 to be of low quality or not useful: Shoes are no good if they let in water. Food aid isn't much good until the fighting stops.Useless and futile get off to a good start to begin an activity successfully: I didn't get off to a very good start this morning - I'd been at work five minutes and my computer stopped working!Starting and beginningStarting again

good adjective (KIND)

A1 kind or helpful: a good friend It's good of you to offer to help. He's very good to his mother.Kind and thoughtful be so good as to (also be good enough to) formal used to make a polite request: Be so good as to close the door when you leave.Polite expressions do (sb) a good turn old-fashioned to do something kind that helps someone elseHelping and co-operating

good adjective (MORALLY RIGHT)

B1 morally right or based on religious principles: She led a good life. Try to set a good example to the children.Virtue and moral goodHoliness

good adjective (POSITIVE)

A1 having a positive or useful effect, especially on the health: Make sure you eat plenty of good fresh food. Too much sugar in your diet isn't good for you. It's good for old people to stay active if they can.Useful or advantageousFit and healthy

good adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

A2 A good child or animal behaves well: If you're a good boy at the doctor's, I'll take you swimming afterwards.Behaving well able to be trusted: Her credit is good (= she can be trusted to pay her debts).Loyal, faithful and dependable

good adjective (SUITABLE)

A2 suitable, convenient, or satisfactory: When would be a good time to phone?Suitable and acceptableQuite good, or not very good

good adjective (LARGE)

C1 [before noun] used to emphasize the large number, amount, or level of something: We've walked a good distance today. There was a good-sized crowd at the airport waiting for the plane to land. Not all of his movies have been successful - there were a good few (= several) failures in the early years. Have a good think about it and let me know tomorrow. You have a good cry and you'll feel better after. There's a good chance the operation will be successful.
See also
Big and quite bigEnormous
a good deal of B2 much: The new law met with a good deal of opposition at the local level.Masses and large amounts of things a good ... C2 (also a good ...'s) more than: It's a good half hour's walk to the station from here. The police said a good 20 kilos of explosive were found during the raid. Driving through the deserted town we saw a good many (= a lot of) burned-out houses.Large in number or quantity

good adjective (SATISFACTION)

A1 said when you are satisfied or pleased about something, or to show agreement with a decision: Oh good, he's arrived at last. Good, I'll tell her it's all arranged, then.Words and phrases expressing agreement and acceptancePleasure and happiness I'm good used to tell someone that you have everything that you need: "More coffee?" "No, I'm good, thanks."

good

noun uk   /ɡʊd/ us  

good noun (THINGS)

goods [plural] B1 things for sale, or the things that you own: There is a 25 percent discount on all electrical goods until the end of the week. The house insurance will not cover your personal goods.Products and producersBuying and selling in general UK things, but not people, that are transported by railway or road: a goods trainTransferring and transporting objects

good noun (HELP)

B2 [U] something that is an advantage or help to a person or situation: Even a small donation can do a lot of good. I'm telling you for your own good.Good and excellent things

good noun (HEALTH)

[U] the state of being healthy or in a satisfactory condition: You should stop smoking for your own good (= for your health). He goes running every day for the good of his health. Modernizing historic buildings can often do more harm than good. The decision has been postponed for the good of all concerned.
Synonym
Useful or advantageousFit and healthy
do sb good B2 to improve someone's health or life: You can't work all the time - it does you good to go out and enjoy yourself sometimes. Take the medicine - it will do you (a power/world of) good (= improve your health a lot).Useful or advantageousFit and healthy

good noun (MORALLY RIGHT)

C2 [U] that which is morally right: There is an eternal struggle between good (= the force that produces morally right action) and evil. Ambition can sometimes be a force for good.Virtue and moral good the good [plural] all the people who are morally good: You can't buy your way into the ranks of the good.People having good qualities

good noun (TIME)

for good C1 for ever: She's gone and this time it's for good.Long periods of time
(Definition of good from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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