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English definition of “good”

good

adjective
 
 
/ɡʊd/ (better, best)
PLEASANT A1 enjoyable, pleasant, or interesting: a good book Did you have a good time at the party?Causing pleasure
HIGH QUALITY A1 of a high quality or level: She speaks good French. The food at this restaurant is very good.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good
SUCCESSFUL A1 successful, or able to do something well: Anne's a good cook. She's very good at geography.Skilled, talented and able
KIND A1 kind or helpful: a good friend My granddaughter is very good to me.Virtue and moral goodKind and thoughtful
HEALTHY A1 something that you say when a person asks how you are: 'Hi, how are you?' 'I'm good, thanks.'Health in general
POSITIVE A1 having a positive or useful effect: Exercise is good for you.Useful or advantageous
SUITABLE A2 suitable or satisfactory: When would be a good time to call?Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good
BEHAVIOUR A2 A good child or animal behaves well.Virtue and moral good
MORALLY RIGHT B1 morally right: a good person He sets a good example to the rest of the class.Virtue and moral good
COMPLETE complete and detailed: She got a good look at the robbers.Complete and wholeVery and extreme
LARGE B2 used to emphasize the number, amount, quality, etc of something: There's a good chance he'll pass the exam.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressionsBig and quite bigEnormous
SATISFACTION A1 something you say when you are satisfied or pleased about something or when you agree with something: Oh good, he's arrived at last.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good
Good God/grief/heavens!, etc used to express surprise or shock: Good heavens! It's already 11 p.m.InterjectionsSounds used as interjectionsExpressions of surprise
a good 20 minutes/30 miles, etc not less than 20 minutes/30 miles, etc and probably a bit more → See also be in sb's good/bad books, it's a good job, for good measure, stand sb in good steadAlso, extra, and in addition
(Definition of good adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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