Definition of Well in English :

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Well meaning in English

Meaning of Well in English

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1. well

a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine

2. well

a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid

3. fountainhead, well, wellspring

an abundant source

Example Sentences:
'she was a well of information'

4. well

an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)

5. well

an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps


6. swell, well

come up, as of a liquid

Example Sentences:
'Tears well in her eyes'
'the currents well up'


7. well

in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury

Example Sentences:
'appears to be entirely well'
'the wound is nearly well'
'a well man'
'I think I'm well; at least I feel well'

8. good, well

resulting favorably

Example Sentences:
'it's a good thing that I wasn't there'
'it is good that you stayed'
'it is well that no one saw you'
'all's well that ends well'

9. well

wise or advantageous and hence advisable

Example Sentences:
'it would be well to start early'


10. good, well

(often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for well')

Example Sentences:
'the children behaved well'
'a task well done'
'the party went well'
'he slept well'
'a well-argued thesis'
'a well-seasoned dish'
'a well-planned party'
'the baby can walk pretty good'

11. well

thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form

Example Sentences:
'The problem is well understood'
'she was well informed'
'shake well before using'
'in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked'
'well-done beef'
'well-satisfied customers'

12. easily, well

indicating high probability; in all likelihood

Example Sentences:
'I might well do it'
'a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster'
'you may well need your umbrella'
'he could equally well be trying to deceive us'

13. well

(used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully

Example Sentences:
'a book well worth reading'
'was well aware of the difficulties ahead'
'suspected only too well what might be going on'

14. well

to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree

Example Sentences:
'the project was well underway'
'the fetus has well developed organs'
'his father was well pleased with his grades'

15. well

favorably; with approval

Example Sentences:
'their neighbors spoke well of them'
'he thought well of the book'

16. considerably, substantially, well

to a great extent or degree

Example Sentences:
'I'm afraid the film was well over budget'
'painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger'
'the house has fallen considerably in value'
'the price went up substantially'

17. intimately, well

with great or especially intimate knowledge

Example Sentences:
'we knew them well'

18. well

with prudence or propriety

Example Sentences:
'You would do well to say nothing more'
'could not well refuse'

19. well

with skill or in a pleasing manner

Example Sentences:
'she dances well'
'he writes well'

20. advantageously, well

in a manner affording benefit or advantage

Example Sentences:
'she married well'
'The children were settled advantageously in Seattle'

21. comfortably, well

in financial comfort

Example Sentences:
'They live well'
'she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died'

22. well

without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor

Example Sentences:
'took the joke well'
'took the tragic news well'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of well
adverbWord forms: better or best
1. (often used in combination)
in a satisfactory manner
the party went very well
2. (often used in combination)
in a good, skilful, or pleasing manner
she plays the violin well
in a correct or careful manner
listen well to my words
in a comfortable or prosperous manner
to live well
5. (usually used with auxiliaries)
suitably; fittingly
you can't very well say that
I knew him well
in a kind or favourable manner
she speaks well of you
to a great or considerable extent; fully
to be well informed
by a considerable margin
let me know well in advance
10. (preceded by could, might, or may)
you may well have to do it yourself
11. informal
well safe
12.  all very well
13.  as well
14.  as well as
15.  just leave well alone
16.  well and good
17.  well up in
adjective (usually postpositive)
18. (when prenominal, usually used with a negative)
in good health
I'm very well, thank you
he's not a well man
satisfactory, agreeable, or pleasing
prudent; advisable
it would be well to make no comment
prosperous or comfortable
fortunate or happy
it is well that you agreed to go
an expression of surprise, indignation, or reproof
an expression of anticipation in waiting for an answer or remark
sentence connector
an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc
well, I don't think I will come
a hole or shaft that is excavated, drilled, bored, or cut into the earth so as to tap a supply of water, oil, gas, etc
a natural pool where ground water comes to the surface
a cavity, space, or vessel used to contain a liquid
(in combination)
an inkwell
an open shaft through the floors of a building, such as one used for a staircase
a deep enclosed space in a building or between buildings that is open to the sky to permit light and air to enter
a bulkheaded compartment built around a ship's pumps for protection and ease of access
b.  another word for cockpit
a perforated tank in the hold of a fishing boat for keeping caught fish alive
(in England) the open space in the centre of a law court
a source, esp one that provides a continuous supply
he is a well of knowledge
to flow or cause to flow upwards or outwards
tears welled from her eyes
contraction of
we will or we shall

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see synonyms of well
we will
we shall
a flow of water from the earth; natural spring and pool
a hole or shaft in the earth dug or drilled to tap an underground supply of water, gas, oil, etc.
a source of abundant supply; fount
a book that is a well of information
any of various shafts or deep enclosed spaces resembling a well
; esp.,
an open shaft in a building for a staircase; stairwell
a shaft in a building or between buildings, open to the sky for light and air
an elevator shaft
d.  Nautical
an enclosure in the hold of a ship for containing the pumps and protecting them from damage
a compartment in a fishing boat where freshly caught fish are kept
any of various vessels, containers, etc. for holding liquid, as an inkwell
a depression, as on a platter or broiler for catching meat juices
verb intransitive
to flow or spring from or as from a well; gush (up, forth, down, out, etc.)
verb transitive
to pour forth; gush
eyes that welled tears
adverbWord forms: ˈbetter or best
in a pleasing or desirable manner; satisfactorily
work that is going well
in a proper, friendly, or attentive manner
to treat a person well
skillfully; expertly
to sing well
in an appropriate manner; fittingly
spoken well
prosperously; in comfort and plenty
to live well
to one's advantage or well-being
to marry well
with good reason; in justice; properly
one may well ask
satisfactorily in regard to health or physical condition
the patient is doing well
to a considerable extent, degree, or distance
well advanced
thoroughly; fully
stir well before cooking
with certainty; definitely
to know perfectly well what one must do
intimately; familiarly; closely
to know a person well
in good spirit; with good grace
he took the news well
adjectiveWord forms: ˈbetter or best
suitable, proper, fit, right, etc.
it is well that he came
in good health
she is quite well
in a good or satisfactory condition; favorable; comfortable
things are well with us
used variously to express agreement, resignation, surprise, inquiry, expostulation, etc.
used to preface or resume one's remarks

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see synonyms of well
1. A deep hole or shaft sunk into the earth to obtain water, oil, gas, or brine.
2. A container or reservoir for a liquid, such as ink.
a. A place where water issues from the earth; a spring or fountain.
b. A mineral spring.
c. wells A watering place; a spa.
4. An abundant source: a well of information.
5. An open space extending vertically through the floors of a building, as for stairs or ventilation.
6. Nautical
a. An enclosure in a ship's hold for the pumps.
b. A compartment or recessed area in a ship, used for stowage: an anchor well.
c. A part of a ship's weather deck enclosed between two watertight bulkheads.
7. A cistern with a perforated bottom in the hold of a fishing vessel for keeping fish alive.
8. An enclosed space for receiving and holding something, such as the wheels of an airplane when retracted.
9. Chiefly British The central space in a law court, directly in front of the judge's bench, where the counsel or solicitor sits.
v. welled, well·ing, wells
1. To rise to the surface, ready to flow: Tears welled in my eyes.
2. To rise or surge from an inner source: Anger welled up in me.
To pour forth.
adv. bet·ter (bĕtər), best (bĕst)
1. In a good or proper manner: behaved well.
2. Skillfully or proficiently: dances well.
3. Satisfactorily or sufficiently: slept well.
4. Successfully or effectively: gets along well with people.
5. In a comfortable or affluent manner: lived well.
6. In a manner affording benefit or gain; advantageously: married well.
7. With reason or propriety; reasonably: can't very well say no.
8. In all likelihood; indeed: You may well need your umbrella.
9. In a prudent or sensible manner: You would do well to say nothing more.
10. In a close or familiar manner: knew them well.
11. In a favorable or approving manner: spoke well of them.
12. Thoroughly; completely: well cooked; cooked well.
13. Perfectly; clearly: I well understand your intentions.
14. To a suitable or appropriate degree: This product will answer your needs equally well.
15. To a considerable extent or degree: well over the estimate.
16. With care or attention: listened well.
17. Entirely; fully: well worth seeing.
adj. better, best
1. In a satisfactory condition; right or proper: All is well.
a. Not ailing, infirm, or diseased; healthy. See Synonyms at healthy.
b. Cured or healed, as a wound.
c. Of or characterized by the maintenance of good health practices. Often used in combination: a well-baby clinic; a well-child visit to the doctor.
a. Advisable; prudent: It would be well not to ask.
b. Fortunate; good: It is well that you stayed.
1. Used to introduce a remark, resume a narrative, or fill a pause during conversation.
2. Used to express surprise.

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