Definition of “welcome” - English Dictionary

“welcome” in British English

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welcomeverb [ T ]

uk /ˈwel.kəm/ us /ˈwel.kəm/

welcome verb [ T ] (MEET)

B1 to meet and speak to someone in a friendly way when they arrive:

The visitors were warmly welcomed by the head of the department.
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.

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welcomeadjective

uk /ˈwel.kəm/ us /ˈwel.kəm/

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.
Their tradition is that the traveller is a welcome guest.
make sb welcome

B1 to show someone that you are pleased that they are with you:

The restaurant makes children very welcome.

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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.

welcomenoun

uk /ˈwel.kəm/ us /ˈwel.kəm/

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 leader of the political protests 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 your welcome

C2 mainly UK US usually overstay your welcome to stay too long:

I left after two days - I didn't want to outstay my welcome.

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welcomeexclamation

uk /ˈwel.kəm/ us /ˈwel.kəm/

(Definition of “welcome” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“welcome” in American English

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welcomeverb [ T ]

us /ˈwel·kəm/

welcome verb [ T ] (MEET)

to meet or speak to someone in a friendly way when that person comes to the place where you are:

We went next door to welcome our new neighbors.
The prime minister of Canada welcomed the president warmly.

welcome verb [ T ] (SUPPORT)

to be pleased about or support something:

Baseball fans welcomed the end of the playersstrike.
She welcomed the opportunity to explain herself.
welcome
noun [ C ] us /ˈwel·kəm/

We were given a warm welcome.

welcomeadjective

us /ˈwel·kəm/

welcome adjective (SUPPORTED)

"You’re welcome" is a polite answer when someone thanks you:

"Thanks for taking care of our cat." "You’re welcome."

welcome adjective (MET)

(of someone who visits) received in a friendly way:

You’ll always be welcome here.

(Definition of “welcome” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)