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English definition of “welcome”

welcome

verb [T] uk   /ˈwel.kəm/ us  

welcome verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

B2 to be pleased about and encourage or support something: The new appointment has been widely welcomed.

welcome verb [T] (MEET)

B1 to meet and speak to someone in a friendly way when they arrive: The visitors to the College were warmly welcomed by the Warden. 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.

welcome

adjective uk   /ˈwel.kəm/ us  

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. Out in the desert the traveller is a welcome guest. make sb welcome B1 to show someone that you are pleased that they are with you: The restaurant made the children very welcome.

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.

welcome

noun uk   /ˈwel.kəm/ us  

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 opposition leader 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/overstay your welcome C2 to stay too long: I left after two days - I didn't want to overstay my welcome.

welcome noun (REACTION)

[S] a reaction to a decision or suggestion: Their supporters gave the decision a guarded/cautious welcome.

welcome

exclamation uk   /ˈwel.kəm/ us  
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.
(Definition of welcome from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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