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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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