Meaning of “good” in the English Dictionary

"good" in British English

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uk /ɡʊd/ us /ɡʊd/ better, best


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 to see you after all this time!

More examples

  • You'll like Rosie - she's good company.
  • Such a noisy environment was not conducive to a good night's sleep.
  • The empty roads make this area good cycling country.
  • The good thing about the bike is that it dismantles if you want to put it in the back of the car.
  • I was having such a good time I was reluctant to leave.

good adjective (HEALTHY)

A1 healthy or well:

I didn't go into work because I wasn't feeling too good.
"How's your mother?" "She's good, thanks."
I'm good informal

used as a general reply 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 apple pie was as good as the one my grandmother used to make.
This restaurant has a good reputation.

used to express praise:

Good man! Splendid catch.

More examples

  • Her work is sometimes good, but the problem is she's not consistent.
  • We need someone who can write good copy for our publicity department.
  • With a good telescope, you can see craters on the moon.
  • It's important for children to get a good education.
  • The design is so good it's sure to set the pattern for many others.

good adjective (SUCCESSFUL)

A1 successful, or able to do something well:

Kate's a good cook.
She's very good at geography.
They have a good relationship.
She's very good with children.
be no good also be not any/much good

B2 to be of low quality or not useful:

Shoes are no good if they let in water.
Food aid isn't much good until the fighting stops.
get off to a good start

to begin an activity successfully:

I didn't get off to a very good start this morning - I'd been at work five minutes and my computer stopped working!

More examples

  • A good teacher has an easy authority over a class.
  • The design certainly looks good on paper.
  • A good architect takes into account the building's surroundings.
  • Do you know a good recipe for wholemeal bread?
  • Painting steel is a good way to rustproof it.

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 polite request:

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

More examples

  • I think she takes advantage of his good nature.
  • It was very good of you to come round at such short notice.
  • My main aim in life is to be a good husband and father.
  • Be a good boy and eat up your vegetables.
  • She's a good warm-hearted woman.

good adjective (MORALLY RIGHT)

B1 morally right or based on religious principles:

She led a good life.
Try to set a good example to the children.

More examples

  • You should be setting a good example to your younger brother.
  • He was a good, honest man.
  • She came from a good family.
  • The preacher believed that he was spreading the good word.
  • The vicar often quoted from the Good Book.

good adjective (POSITIVE)

A1 having a positive or useful effect, especially on the health:

Make sure you eat plenty of good fresh food.
Too much sugar in your diet isn't good for you.
It's good for old people to stay active if they can.

More examples

  • Cheers! Your good health.
  • Fresh fruit is very good for you.
  • This shampoo is very good for your hair.
  • Staring at the computer screen is not good for your eyes.
  • What's good for a sore throat?

good adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

A2 A good child or animal behaves well:

If you're a good boy at the doctor's, I'll take you swimming afterwards.

able to be trusted:

Her credit is good (= she can be trusted to pay her debts).

More examples

  • 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 your teacher is called away!
  • He was always a good child and never any trouble.

good adjective (LARGE)

C1 [ before noun ] used to emphasize the large number, amount, or level of something:

We've walked a good distance today.
There was a good-sized crowd at the airport waiting 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.
See also
a good deal of

B2 much:

The new law met with a good deal of opposition at the local level.
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 deserted town 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."


uk /ɡʊd/ us /ɡʊd/

good noun (THINGS)

goods [ plural ]

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  • The goods have been consigned to you by air.
  • He cracked during questioning and told us where to find the stolen goods.
  • They're selling off damaged goods at reduced prices.
  • Will the goods be sent by air or sea freight?
  • The devaluation of the pound will make British goods more competitive abroad.

B1 things for sale, or the things that you own:

There is a 25 percent discount on all electrical goods until the end of the week.
The house insurance will not cover your personal 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 small donation can do a lot of good.
I'm telling you for your own good.

More examples

  • Huge projects designed to aid poorer countries can sometimes do more harm than good.
  • The captain resigned for the good of the team.
  • He tried tightening the cable, but it didn't do any good.

good noun (HEALTH)

[ U ] the state of being healthy or in a satisfactory condition:

You should stop smoking for your own good (= for your health).
He goes running every day for the good of his health.
Modernizing historic buildings can often do more harm than good.
The decision has been postponed for the good of all concerned.
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 (= improve your health a lot).

(Definition of “good” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"good" in American English

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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 picnic tomorrow 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 suitable time) to talk to Andy about the promotion.
He’s a good (= able and skillful) swimmer.
Did they have a good time on their vacation?
She makes good money (= earns a high income) in her new job.

good adjective (MORALLY RIGHT)

comparative better /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best /best/ morally right 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 ice cream later.
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)

good adjective (FOR HEALTH)

comparative better /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best /best/ useful for health, or in a satisfactory condition:

Make sure you eat plenty of good, fresh vegetables.

good adjective (LARGE)

[ not gradable ] large in number or amount:

We had to walk a good way in the airport to reach our gate.
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.
noun [ U ] us /ɡʊd/

Even a small donation 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 /ɡʊd/ us ECONOMICS

a product that is made to be sold:

The demand for a good influences its price.

(Definition of “good” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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