Meaning of “welcome” in the English Dictionary

"welcome" in British English

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welcomeverb [ T ]

uk /ˈwel.kəm/ us /ˈwel.kəm/

welcome verb [ T ] (ENCOURAGE)

B2 to be pleased about and encourage or support something:

The new appointment has been widely welcomed.

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  • We welcome the government's affirmation of its intention to act.
  • The peace initiative was welcomed by both sides.
  • They said they welcomed the trial as a chance to vindicate themselves.
  • This move towards improving childcare facilities has been widely welcomed.
  • He welcomes the opportunity to put forward his side of the story.

welcome verb [ T ] (MEET)

B1 to meet and speak to someone in a friendly way when they arrive:

The visitors were warmly welcomed by the head of the department.
Browning stood at the door, welcoming newcomers with a large smile and a pat on the arm.
Please welcome (= please clap for) our guest of honour, George Taylor.

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  • Let's string up a banner in the garden to welcome him home.
  • The president welcomed the Queen with the usual courtesies.
  • The flight attendant welcomed us aboard.
  • He welcomed me with a wide smile and a warm handshake.
  • She rose from her chair to welcome us.


uk /ˈwel.kəm/ us /ˈwel.kəm/

welcome adjective (MEETING)

B1 If someone is welcome, you are pleased when they visit you:

Come and see us whenever you're in town - you're always welcome/you'll always be welcome.
Their tradition is that the traveller is a welcome guest.
make sb welcome

B1 to show someone that you are pleased that they are with you:

The restaurant makes children very welcome.

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  • She would never feel welcome in this city with its cold, unsmiling inhabitants.
  • His phone call was a welcome intrusion into an otherwise tedious morning.
  • The publicity generated by the court case has given a welcome boost to our sales.
  • After a hard day at the office, a hot bath is a welcome restorative.
  • The arrival of the fresh medical supplies was a welcome sight for the beleaguered doctors working in the refugee camps.

welcome adjective (PLEASED)

B2 If something is welcome, you are pleased to have or do it:

The holiday was a welcome change/break/relief.
She offered him the welcome chance/opportunity to do something different.
A nice cup of tea would be very welcome.
be welcome to do sth

B1 used to tell someone that they can certainly do something:

Anyone who is interested is welcome to come along.


uk /ˈwel.kəm/ us /ˈwel.kəm/

welcome noun (MEETING)

B1 [ C or U ] the way in which someone is met and spoken to when they arrive in a place:

They were given a warm (= very friendly) welcome.
The leader of the political protests returned to a hero's/heroine's welcome after seven years in exile.
She referred to his previous visit in her speech of welcome/welcome speech.
outstay your welcome

C2 mainly UK US usually overstay your welcome to stay too long:

I left after two days - I didn't want to outstay my welcome.

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  • We enjoyed a warm welcome from our American friends.
  • The singer received an emotional welcome from crowds of young girls.
  • His welcome included brass bands and cheerleaders.


uk /ˈwel.kəm/ us /ˈwel.kəm/

A2 said as a greeting to someone arriving at a place:

Welcome - please come in.
Welcome home/back - we've missed you!
Welcome to Cambridge.

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  • Welcome home - it's lovely to see you.
  • Welcome - I hope you will enjoy your visit to our city.

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

"welcome" in American English

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welcomeverb [ T ]

us /ˈwel·kəm/

welcome verb [ T ] (MEET)

to meet or speak to someone in a friendly way when that person comes to the place where you are:

We went next door to welcome our new neighbors.
The prime minister of Canada welcomed the president warmly.

welcome verb [ T ] (SUPPORT)

to be pleased about or support something:

Baseball fans welcomed the end of the playersstrike.
She welcomed the opportunity to explain herself.
noun [ C ] us /ˈwel·kəm/

We were given a warm welcome.


us /ˈwel·kəm/

welcome adjective (SUPPORTED)

"You’re welcome" is a polite answer when someone thanks you:

"Thanks for taking care of our cat." "You’re welcome."

welcome adjective (MET)

(of someone who visits) received in a friendly way:

You’ll always be welcome here.

(Definition of “welcome” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)