Definitions for welcomeˈwɛl kəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wel•come*ˈwɛl kəm(interj.; n.; v.; adj.)-comed, -com•ing

  1. (interj.)(a word of kindly greeting, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure):

    Welcome, stranger!

  2. (n.)a kindly greeting or reception:

    to give someone a warm welcome.

  3. (v.t.)to greet the arrival of (a person, guests, etc.) with pleasure or kindly courtesy.

  4. to receive or accept with pleasure:

    to welcome a change.

  5. to meet, accept, or receive (an action, challenge, person, etc.) in a specified, esp. unfriendly, manner:

    They welcomed him with hisses and catcalls.

  6. (adj.)gladly received:

    a welcome visitor.

  7. agreeable:

    a welcome rest.

  8. given permission or consent:

    She is welcome to try it.

  9. without obligation for the courtesy or favor received (used as a conventional response to expressions of thanks):

    You're quite welcome.

Idioms for welcome:

  1. wear out one's welcome, to make one's presence undesirable, as by visiting too often or by misbehaving.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: “You're welcome,” the customary polite response to “thank you,” has been falling out of favor in recent years. More common replies are now an emphatic “Thank you,” or an outright denial of the favor such as “It's nothing,” or in especially informal use, “No problem.” The decline of “You're welcome” is apparently the result of a courteous desire on the part of the thanked person to minimize the importance of the favor done.

Origin of welcome:

bef. 900; ME < Scand; cf. ON velkominn=velwell1+kominncome (ptp.)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. welcome(noun)

    the state of being welcome

    "don't outstay your welcome"

  2. welcome(adj)

    a greeting or reception

    "the proposal got a warm welcome"

  3. welcome(verb)

    giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted

    "a welcome relief"; "a welcome guest"; "made the children feel welcome"; "you are welcome to join us"

  4. welcome(verb)

    accept gladly

    "I welcome your proposals"

  5. welcome, receive(verb)

    bid welcome to; greet upon arrival

  6. welcome(verb)

    receive someone, as into one's house

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. welcome(verb)ˈwɛl kəm

    to greet in a friendly way

    They welcomed us into their home.

  2. welcomeˈwɛl kəm

    to be pleased by and happy about an idea

    The town's residents welcomed the changes.

  3. welcome(adverb)ˈwɛl kəm

    indicates sb feels they are accepted in a friendly way

    The family made us feel welcome.

  4. welcomeˈwɛl kəm

    (of sth new or different) pleasing because it was needed

    The restaurant is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

  5. welcomeˈwɛl kəm

    used to answer sb when they say "thank you"

    "Thanks for the ride." "You're welcome!"

  6. welcomeˈwɛl kəm

    allowed to

    Guests are welcome to use the pool.

  7. welcomeˈwɛl kəm

    indicates you are happy for sb to have sth because you do not want it

    If you want this old thing, you're welcome to it.

  8. welcome(noun)ˈwɛl kəm

    a way of greeting sb

    The audience gave him a warm/enthusiastic welcome.; welcome signs on the edge of town

  9. welcome(interjection)ˈwɛl kəm

    used as a greeting

    Welcome! Please come in.


  1. welcome(Noun)

    The act of greeting someoneu2019s arrival, especially by saying "Welcome!"; reception.

  2. welcome(Noun)

    The utterance of such a greeting.

  3. welcome(Verb)

    to affirm or greet the arrival of someone, especially by saying "Welcome!".

  4. welcome(Verb)

    to accept something willingly or gladly.

    We welcome suggestions for improvement.

  5. welcome(Adjective)

    Whose arrival is a cause of joy.

  6. welcome(Interjection)

    Greeting given upon someoneu2019s arrival.

  7. Origin: From welcome, wolcume, wulcume, wilcume, from wilcuma , from weljakwumô, equivalent to . Cognate with walcome, wolkom, welkom, willkommen, Danish and Norwegian velkommen, Swedish välkommen, velkomin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Welcome(noun)

    received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company; as, a welcome visitor

  2. Welcome(noun)

    producing gladness; grateful; as, a welcome present; welcome news

  3. Welcome(noun)

    free to have or enjoy gratuitously; as, you are welcome to the use of my library

  4. Welcome(noun)

    salutation to a newcomer

  5. Welcome(noun)

    kind reception of a guest or newcomer; as, we entered the house and found a ready welcome

  6. Welcome(verb)

    to salute with kindness, as a newcomer; to receive and entertain hospitably and cheerfully; as, to welcome a visitor; to welcome a new idea


  1. Welcome

    Welcome is a census-designated place in Davidson County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 4,162 at the 2010 census. It is nationally known as the home of NASCAR's Richard Childress. The town motto is "Welcome to Welcome, A Friendly Place," as posted on the welcoming sign. Neighboring communities and municipalities include Midway, Arcadia, and Lexington.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'welcome' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3652

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'welcome' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2029

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'welcome' in Nouns Frequency: #2918

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'welcome' in Verbs Frequency: #358

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'welcome' in Adjectives Frequency: #480

Translations for welcome

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


received with gladness and happiness

She will make you welcome; He is a welcome visitor at our house; The extra money was very welcome; The holiday made a welcome change.

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