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well

adverb uk   /wel/ (better, best) us  

well adverb (IN A GOOD WAY)

A1 in a good way, to a high or satisfactory standard: The documentary presented both sides of the problem very well. The concert was well enough advertised but ticket sales were poor. a well-cut suit a well-paid job Her points were well put (= expressed in a good or clever way). His point about the need to reduce waste was well taken (= it was accepted as a good criticism). They took two hours to discuss the plans and considered it time well spent (= it had been a useful discussion). I can't do it as well as Marie can.
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well adverb (TO A GREAT DEGREE)

A2 very much, to a great degree, or completely: Knead the dough well, then divide it into four pieces. He could well imagine how much his promise was going to cost him. I can't catch the bus - there are no buses after midnight, as you well know. He's plays the piano well enough (= to a satisfactory standard).C1 used to emphasize some prepositions: The results are well above/below what we expected. Keep well away from the edge of the cliff. It cost well over £100. Stand well clear of the doors!B2 used to emphasize some adjectives: The police are well aware of the situation. The museum is well worth a visit. Some machines look more like cheap, plastic toys - leave these well alone. UK slang very: The film was well good. Watch out for those two - they're well hard (= strong and willing to use violence).
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well adverb (REASONABLY)

B2 with good reason: She might well be the best person to ask. I can't very well (= it would not be acceptable to) refuse their kind offer.
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well adverb (IN ADDITION)

as well (as)
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A1 in addition (to): Invite Emlyn - and Simon as well. I want to visit Andrew as well as Martin.
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well

adjective [usually after verb] uk   /wel/ (better, best) us  
A1 healthy; not ill: He hasn't been too well lately. When she came home from school she really didn't look well. I'm sorry you're ill - I hope you get well soon. They sent a get well card.
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  • He didn't feel very well after getting off the bike.
  • I'm very well thank you.
  • She wasn't feeling well, so I don't think she gave of her best tonight.
  • She wasn't feeling well, so she went home early.
  • I'm not well. I'd better not go out.

well

exclamation uk   /wel/ us  
A1 used to introduce something you are going to say, often to show surprise, doubt, slight disagreement, or anger, or to continue a story: Well, what Shall we do now? Well now/then, how are we going to arrange things? "Who was that?" "Well, I'm afraid I can't remember her name." "He's decided to give up his job and move to the north with her." "Well, well - that's what love does for you." Well, really, how thoughtless of him! Well? What did you do next? Well, after that we went camping in the mountains. Well/Oh well, it doesn't matter - I can always buy another one. Very well, if you insist I'll meet him next week.
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  • Well now, what are we doing about that?
  • Oh well, never mind.
  • Well, well. Who'd have thought things would turn out like this.
  • Well? How did your exam go?
  • Well really! How rude!

well

noun [C] uk   /wel/ us  
a deep hole in the ground from which you can get water, oil, or gas
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verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /wel/ us  
(of liquid) to appear on the surface of something or come slowly out from somewhere: Dirty water welled (up) out of the damaged pipe. As she read the letter tears welled up in her eyes. figurative Conflicting emotions welled up in his heart.
Translations of “well”
in Korean 건강한…
in Arabic بِصَحّة جَيّدة…
in French puits, cage (d’escalier)…
in Turkish sağlıklı, iyi…
in Italian bene…
in Chinese (Traditional) 以好的方式, 很好地,令人滿意地…
in Russian здоровый…
in Polish zdrowy…
in Spanish pozo, hueco…
in Portuguese bem…
in German der Brunnen, das (Treppen-)Haus…
in Catalan bé…
in Japanese 健康な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 以好的方式, 很好地,令人满意地…
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