Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “well”


adverb (IN ADDITION)    /wel/ (better, best)
as well (as) A1 in addition (to): Invite Emlyn - and Simon as well. I want to visit Andrew as well as Martin .Also, extra, and in addition Grammar:Also, as well or too?Also, as well and too are adverbs and mean ‘in addition’.Grammar:AlsoAlso is commonly used in writing, but is less common in speaking. Also occupies different positions in a sentence.Grammar:As wellGrammar:TooWe usually put too in end position:Grammar:Linking negativesWe use either not also, as well or too to connect two negative ideas:Grammar:Also, as well and too: typical errorGrammar:As well (as)Grammar:As well (as) meaning ‘in addition’As well is an adverb which means ‘also’, ‘too’ or ‘in addition’. We usually use as well at the end of a clause:Grammar:Might as well and may as wellWe use might as well and may as well informally to mean that something is worth doing only because other things are not happening. Might as well is more common:Grammar:As wellWe use as well and the phrase just as well when we say that something is probably a good thing:Grammar:Adding with as well as and in addition toAs well as is more common than in addition to. In addition to is more formal and used more in writing than in speaking:Grammar:WellWell is a discourse marker, adverb or adjective.Grammar:Well as a discourse markerGrammar:Well as an adverbWe use well as an adverb when something is done to a good standard or in a good way:Grammar: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’:
(Definition of well adverb (IN ADDITION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of well

Definitions of “well” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More