Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “well”

well

adverb
 
/wel/
A1 in a good way: I thought they played well. He’s doing well at school.
A2 in a complete way or as much as possible: I know him quite well.
well done! A1 used to tell someone how pleased you are about their success: “I passed my exams.” “Well done!”
as well A1 also: Are you going to invite Steve as well?
as well as something A1 in addition to something: They have lived in the United States as well as Britain.
oh well B1 used to say that a situation cannot be changed although it might be disappointing: Oh well, you’ll have plenty of other chances to find a job.
all is well B1 everything is in a good or acceptable state: I hope all is well with Zack.
may/might as well used to say that it is better to do something, even though it is not a lot better: It’s not raining, so we might as well walk there.
(Definition of well adverb from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “well” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

see the light of day

When something sees the light of day, it appears for the first time.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More