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"goodwill" in British English

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goodwillnoun [U]

uk   /ɡʊdˈwɪl/  us   /ɡʊdˈwɪl/
friendly and helpful feelings: The school has to rely on the goodwill of the parents to help it raise money. Releasing the hostages has been seen as a gesture of goodwill/a goodwill gesture.
part of a company's value that includes things that cannot be directly measured, for example, its good reputation or its customers' loyalty: The company's assets are worth £200 million, plus goodwill.
(Definition of goodwill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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goodwillnoun [U]

 us   /ˈɡʊdˈwɪl/
a friendly attitude in which you wish that good things happen to people: We hope the negotiations will take place in an atmosphere of openness and goodwill.
(Definition of goodwill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"goodwill" in Business English

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goodwillnoun [U]

uk   us   /ɡʊdˈwɪl/
COMMERCE the value to a company or organization of things that cannot be directly measured, for example, its good reputation or its customers' loyalty: Charitable endeavours are important to us in terms of goodwill.
ACCOUNTING the difference between the value of a company's assets and what profit it is expected to make in the future, which is included in the price paid when it is bought or sold: We expect the business to raise at least $100,000 in goodwill.
(Definition of goodwill from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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