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English definition of “well”

well

exclamation     /wel/
A1 used to introduce something you are going to say, often to show surprise, doubt, slight disagreement, or anger, or to continue a story: Well, what Shall we do now? Well now/then, how are we going to arrange things? "Who was that?" "Well, I'm afraid I can't remember her name." "He's decided to give up his job and move to the north with her." "Well, well - that's what love does for you." Well, really, how thoughtless of him! Well? What did you do next? Well, after that we went camping in the mountains. Well/Oh well, it doesn't matter - I can always buy another one. Very well, if you insist I'll meet him next week.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings Grammar:WellWell is a discourse marker, adverb or adjective.See moreGrammar:Well as a discourse markerSee moreGrammar:Well as an adverbWe use well as an adverb when something is done to a good standard or in a good way:See moreGrammar:Well as an adjectiveWe use well as an adjective, normally after a linking verb such as be, look or get, to mean ‘in good health’:See more
(Definition of well exclamation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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