Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “welcome”

See all translations

welcome

verb [T] uk   /ˈwel.kəm/ us  

welcome verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

B2 to be pleased about and encourage or support something: The new appointment has been widely welcomed.
More examples

welcome verb [T] (MEET)

B1 to meet and speak to someone in a friendly way when they arrive: The visitors to the College were warmly welcomed by the Warden. Browning stood at the door, welcoming newcomers with a large smile and a pat on the arm. Please welcome (= please clap for) our guest of honour, George Taylor.
More examples

welcome

adjective uk   /ˈwel.kəm/ us  

welcome adjective (MEETING)

B1 If someone is welcome, you are pleased when they visit you: Come and see us whenever you're in town - you're always welcome/you'll always be welcome. Out in the desert the traveller is a welcome guest.make sb welcome B1 to show someone that you are pleased that they are with you: The restaurant made the children very welcome.
More examples

welcome adjective (PLEASED)

B2 If something is welcome, you are pleased to have or do it: The holiday was a welcome change/break/relief. She offered him the welcome chance/opportunity to do something different. A nice cup of tea would be very welcome.be welcome to do sth B1 used to tell someone that they can certainly do something: Anyone who is interested is welcome to come along.

welcome

noun uk   /ˈwel.kəm/ us  

welcome noun (MEETING)

B1 [C or U] the way in which someone is met and spoken to when they arrive in a place: They were given a warm (= very friendly) welcome. The opposition leader returned to a hero's/heroine's welcome after seven years in exile. She referred to his previous visit in her speech of welcome/welcome speech.outstay/overstay your welcome C2 to stay too long: I left after two days - I didn't want to overstay my welcome.
More examples

welcome noun (REACTION)

[S] a reaction to a decision or suggestion: Their supporters gave the decision a guarded/cautious welcome.

welcome

exclamation uk   /ˈwel.kəm/ us  
A2 said as a greeting to someone arriving at a place: Welcome - please come in. Welcome home/back - we've missed you! Welcome to Cambridge.
More examples
Translations of “welcome”
in Korean 환영 합니다!…
in Arabic أهْلاً وسَهْلاً, مُرحّب بِه…
in French bienvenu…
in Turkish Hoş geldiniz!'…
in Italian benvenuto, gradito…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鼓勵, 樂於接受, 歡迎…
in Russian добро пожаловать…
in Polish witam/y…
in Spanish bienvenido…
in Portuguese bem-vindo…
in German willkommen…
in Catalan benvingut…
in Japanese ようこそ, いらっしゃい, 歓迎されて…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鼓励, 乐于接受, 欢迎…
(Definition of welcome from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of welcome?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “welcome” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pot luck

anything that is available or is found by chance, rather than something chosen, planned, or prepared

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More