well adverb Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary

Meaning of “well” - Learner’s Dictionary


/wel/ (better, best)
SUCCESSFULLY A1 in a successful or satisfactory way: I thought they played well. He's doing well at school/work.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good
COMPLETELY A2 in a complete way or as much as possible: I know him quite well. Stir the mixture well.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
as well A1 also: Are you going to invite Steve as well?Also, extra, and in addition
as well as sth A1 in addition to something: They have lived in the United States as well as Britain.Also, extra, and in addition
may/might as well do sth B2 If you may/might as well do something, it will not spoil the situation if you do that thing: If we're not waiting for Karen, we might as well go now.Reassuring
may/might/could well B2 used to say that something is likely to be true: He could well be at Michelle's house.Possible and probable
well above/ahead/below, etc B2 above/ahead/below, etc by a large amount: It was well after seven o'clock when we got home.Large in number or quantityVery and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
can't/couldn't very well do sth used to say that something is not a suitable or practical thing to do: I couldn't very well tell her while he was there.Impossible and improbable
Well done! A1 used to tell someone how pleased you are about their success: "I passed my exams." "Well done!"Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing downInterjectionsSounds used as interjections
(Definition of well adverb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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