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English definition of “well”

well

adverb (TO A GREAT DEGREE)    /wel/ (better, best)
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).Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions 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!Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions 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.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions UK slang very: The film was well good. Watch out for those two - they're well hard (= strong and willing to use violence).Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions 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 (TO A GREAT DEGREE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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