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Meaning of “good” in the English Dictionary

"good" in British English

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goodadjective

uk   us   /ɡʊd/ (better, best)
  • good adjective (PLEASANT/SATISFACTORY)

A1 very ​satisfactory, ​enjoyable, ​pleasant, or ​interesting: a good ​book Did you have a good ​time at the ​party? The ​weather has been really good for the ​time of ​year. I've just had some very good ​news. It's so good tosee you after all this ​time! used in ​greetings: good ​morning/​afternoon/​evening

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  • good adjective (HEALTHY)

A1 healthy or well: I didn't go into ​work because I wasn't ​feeling too good. "How's ​yourmother?" "She's good, ​thanks."I'm good informal used as a ​generalreply when someone ​greets you: "How are you doing?" "I'm good, ​thanks."
  • good adjective (HIGH QUALITY)

A1 of a high ​quality or ​level: She ​speaks very good ​French. I've ​heard it's a very good ​school. The ​applepie was as good as the one my ​grandmother used to make. This ​restaurant has a good reputation. used to ​expresspraise: Good man! Splendid ​catch.

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  • good adjective (SUCCESSFUL)

A1 successful, or ​able to do something well: Kate's a good ​cook. She's very good atgeography. They have a good ​relationship. She's very good withchildren.be no good (also be not any/much good) B2 to be of ​lowquality or not ​useful: Shoes are no good if they ​let in ​water. Food ​aid isn't much good until the ​fightingstops.get off to a good start to ​begin an ​activitysuccessfully: I didn't get off to a very good ​start this ​morning - I'd been at ​work five ​minutes and my ​computerstoppedworking!

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  • good adjective (KIND)

A1 kind or ​helpful: a good ​friend It's good of you to ​offer to ​help. He's very good to his ​mother.be so good as to (also be good enough to) formal used to make a ​politerequest: Be so good as to ​close the ​door when you ​leave.do (sb) a good turn old-fashioned to do something ​kind that ​helps someone ​else

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  • good adjective (MORALLY RIGHT)

B1 morallyright or ​based on ​religiousprinciples: She ​led a good ​life. Try to set a good ​example to the ​children.

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  • good adjective (POSITIVE)

A1 having a ​positive or ​usefuleffect, ​especially on the ​health: Make ​sure you ​eat plenty of good ​freshfood. Too much ​sugar in ​yourdiet isn't good for you. It's good foroldpeople tostayactive if they can.

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  • good adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

A2 A good ​child or ​animalbehaves well: If you're a good ​boy at the doctor's, I'll take you ​swimmingafterwards. able to be ​trusted: Her ​credit is good (= she can be ​trusted to ​pay her ​debts).

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  • I'll just have to take you ​home if you can't be good, ​children.
  • Settle down now, that's a good ​dog.
  • You've been such a good ​girl this ​morning - I'm very ​proud of you.
  • You are Year 5 now - ​surely you can be good for just a few ​minutes while ​yourteacher is called away!
  • He was always a good ​child and never any ​trouble.
  • good adjective (LARGE)

C1 [before noun] used to ​emphasize the ​largenumber, ​amount, or ​level of something: We've ​walked a good ​distance today. There was a good-sized ​crowd at the ​airportwaiting for the ​plane to ​land. Not all of his ​movies have been ​successful - there were a good few (= several)failures in the early ​years. You'll need a good ​length of ​rope to ​secure this ​properly. You have a good ​cry and you'll ​feel better after. There's a good ​chance the ​operation will be ​successful.
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a good deal of B2 much: The new ​lawmet with a good ​deal of ​opposition at the ​locallevel.a good ... C2 (also a good ...'s) more than: It's a good ​half hour's ​walk to the ​station from here. The ​police said a good 20 ​kilos of ​explosive were ​found during the ​raid. Driving through the ​desertedtown we ​saw a good many (= a lot of) burned-out ​houses.
  • good adjective (SATISFACTION)

A1 said when you are ​satisfied or ​pleased about something, or to show ​agreement with a ​decision: Oh good, he's ​arrived at last. Good, I'll ​tell her it's all ​arranged, then.I'm good used to ​tell someone that you have everything that you need: "More ​coffee?" "No, I'm good, ​thanks."

goodnoun

uk   us   /ɡʊd/
  • good noun (THINGS)

goods [plural]

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B1 things for ​sale, or the things that you own: There is a 25 ​percentdiscount on all ​electrical goods until the end of the ​week. The ​houseinsurance will not ​coveryourpersonal goods. UK things, but not ​people, that are ​transported by ​railway or ​road: a goods ​train
  • good noun (HELP)

B2 [U] something that is an ​advantage or ​help to a ​person or ​situation: Even a ​smalldonation can do a lot of good. I'm ​telling you foryour own good.

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  • good noun (HEALTH)

[U] the ​state of being ​healthy or in a ​satisfactorycondition: You should ​stopsmoking foryour own good (= for ​yourhealth). He goes ​running every ​day for the good of his health. Modernizing ​historicbuildings can often do more ​harm than good. The ​decision has been ​postponed for the good of all ​concerned.
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do sb good B2 to ​improve someone's ​health or ​life: You can't ​work all the ​time - it does you good to go out and ​enjoy yourself sometimes. Take the ​medicine - it will do you (a ​power/​world of) good (= ​improveyourhealth a lot).
  • good noun (TIME)

for good C1 for ​ever: She's gone and this ​time it's for good.
(Definition of good from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"good" in American English

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goodadjective

 us   /ɡʊd/
  • good adjective (SATISFACTORY)

(comparative better  /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best  /best/ ) of a ​kind that is ​pleasing or ​enjoyable, or of high ​quality: Let’s go on a ​picnictomorrow if the weather’s good. That was a really good ​meal. Dogs have a very good ​sense of ​smell. Now would be a good ​time (= a ​suitabletime) to ​talk to Andy about the ​promotion. He’s a good (= ​able and ​skillful)swimmer. Did they have a good ​time on ​theirvacation? She makes good ​money (= ​earns a high ​income) in her new ​job.
  • good adjective (MORALLY RIGHT)

(comparative better  /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best  /best/ ) morallyright or ​admirable: José is a ​genuinely good ​person. If you’re a good ​boy (= if you ​behave well) at the ​dentist, I’ll ​buy you some ​icecreamlater. He’s always been good to his ​mother. (comparative better  /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best  /best/ ) Good can be used as ​part of an ​exclamation: Good heavens! You ​mean they still haven’t ​arrived?
  • good adjective (WITH GREETING)

[not gradable] used in ​greetings
  • good adjective (FOR HEALTH)

(comparative better  /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best  /best/ ) useful for ​health, or in a ​satisfactorycondition: Make ​sure you ​eat plenty of good, ​freshvegetables.
  • good adjective (LARGE)

[not gradable] large in ​number or ​amount: We had to ​walk a good way in the ​airport to ​reachourgate. There was a good-sized ​crowd on ​hand. There was a good ​deal of (= a lot of)discussion about how much the ​car was ​worth.
good
noun [U]  us   /ɡʊd/
Even a ​smalldonation can do a lot of good.
(Definition of good from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"good" in Business English

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goodnoun [S]

uk   us   /ɡʊd/ ECONOMICS
a ​product that is made to be ​sold: The ​demand for a good ​influences its ​price.
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(Definition of good from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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