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well

adverb (IN A GOOD WAY)    /wel/ (better, best)
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.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good Grammar:WellWell is a discourse marker, adverb or adjective.See moreGrammar:Well as a discourse markerSee moreGrammar:Well as an adverbWe use well as an adverb when something is done to a good standard or in a good way:See moreGrammar:Well as an adjectiveWe use well as an adjective, normally after a linking verb such as be, look or get, to mean ‘in good health’:See more
(Definition of well adverb (IN A GOOD WAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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