well Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “well” in the English Dictionary

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 us   /wel/ (comparative better, superlative best)

well adjective (HEALTHY)

healthy: I don’t ​feel well. I ​feel better now.


 us   /wel/

well adverb (IN A GOOD WAY)

(comparative better  /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best  /best/ ) in a good way; to a high or ​satisfactorystandard: The ​car was well ​designed. She ​managespeople very well. I can’t ​sing as well as Jessica (= She ​sings better). His ​point about ​reducingwaste is well taken (= ​accepted as a ​faircriticism). The two ​hours of ​discussion was ​time well ​spent (= it was a ​usefuldiscussion). I ​want to ​congratulate you on a ​job well done.

well adverb (TO A GREAT DEGREE)

(comparative better  /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best  /best/ ) to a ​greatdegree; much or ​completely: I ​know her well. Put in two ​eggs and ​stir well. He ​sent away for ​tickets well in ​advance (= very early). I ​knewperfectly well what ​time it was. I ​knew her ​pretty well when I ​lived in Iowa City. (comparative better  /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best  /best/ ) Well is used with some ​prepositions and ​adverbs for ​emphasis: Keep the ​children well away from the ​edge of the ​pool. It ​costs well over $100. (comparative better  /ˈbet̬·ər/ , superlative best  /best/ ) Well is used with a few ​adjectives for ​emphasis: The ​museum is well ​worth a ​visit.

well adverb (REASONABLY)

[not gradable] with good ​reason: I couldn’t very well say no.

wellnoun [C]

 us   /wel/

well noun [C] (HOLE)

a ​deephole in the ​ground from which ​water, ​oil, or ​gas can be ​obtained: an ​oil well well ​water

wellverb [I]

 us   /wel/

well verb [I] (COME TO SURFACE)

(of a ​liquid) to come to the ​surface or into ​view: As she ​read the ​letter, ​tears welled in her ​eyes. fig. He could ​feel the ​anger well up inside him.


 us   /wel, wəl/

well exclamation (EXCLAMATION)

used to ​introduce something you are about to say, or to ​connect one ​statement with the next, or to show ​doubt or ​disagreement, ​annoyance, ​surprise, or ​understanding: Well, what ​happened next? He ​startedyelling at me, and well, I was ​scared at first. Well, what are you going to do now that you’ve ​lostyourjob? Oh well, there’s not much we can do about it now.


 us   /wil, wɪl/
contraction of we shall or we will: We’ll be there ​tomorrow.
(Definition of well from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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wellnoun [C]

uk   us   /wel/
NATURAL RESOURCES a ​deephole in the ​ground from which you can get water: These two tributaries of the Yellowstone River ​supply water for ​farms and wells in two ​states. It is an 8-mile round ​trip to fetch ​clean water from a well.
(Definition of well from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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