Definitions for wellwɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

well*wɛl(adv.; adj.)bet•ter; best

  1. (adv.)in a good or satisfactory manner:

    Our plans are going well.

  2. thoroughly, carefully, or soundly:

    Shake well before using.

  3. in a moral or proper manner:

    to behave well.

  4. commendably, meritoriously, or excellently:

    a difficult task well handled.

  5. with propriety, justice, or reason:

    I could not well refuse.

  6. with favor or approval:

    to think well of someone.

  7. comfortably or prosperously:

    to live well.

  8. to a considerable extent or degree:

    a sum well over the amount agreed upon.

  9. with great or intimate knowledge:

    to know a person well.

  10. certainly; without doubt:

    I cry easily, as you well know.

  11. with good nature; without rancor:

    He took the joke well.

  12. (adj.)in good health; sound in body and mind:

    He is not a well man.

  13. satisfactory, pleasing, or good:

    All is well with us.

  14. proper, fitting, or gratifying:

    It is well that you didn't go.

  15. in a satisfactory position; well-off:

    I am very well as I am.

  16. (interj.)(used to express surprise, reproof, etc.):

    Well! There's no need to shout.

  17. (used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.):

    Well, it's time to go home.

  18. (n.)well-being; good fortune; success:

    to wish well to someone.

Idioms for well:

  1. as well, in addition; also; too.

    Category: Idiom

  2. as well as, as much or as truly as; equally as:

    witty as well as kind.

    Category: Idiom

  3. leave well enough alone, to avoid changing something that is satisfactory.

    Category: Idiom

* compar.. Usage: See good.

Origin of well:

bef. 900; ME, OE wel(l) (adj. and adv.), c. OFris, OS wel, ON vel



  1. a hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine, or sulfur.

    Category: Mining

  2. a spring or natural source of water.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  3. an apparent reservoir or a source of human feelings, emotions, energy, etc.:

    a well of compassion.

  4. a container, receptacle, or reservoir for a liquid, as ink.

  5. any sunken or deep enclosed space, as a shaft for air or light, stairs, or an elevator, extending vertically through the floors of a building.

    Category: Building Trades

  6. a hollow compartment, recessed area, or depression for holding a specific item or items, as fish in the bottom of a boat or the retracted wheels of an airplane in flight.

  7. Naut. a part of a weather deck between two superstructures, extending from one side of a vessel to the other.

    Category: Nautical

  8. (v.i.)to rise, spring, or gush, as water, from the earth or some other source (often fol. by up, out, or forth):

    Tears welled up in my eyes.

  9. (v.t.)to send welling up or forth.

  10. (adj.)like, of, resembling, from, or used in connection with a well.

Origin of well:

bef. 900; (n.) ME well(e), OE wylle, wella, c. OHG welle wave; (v.) ME; OE weallan to boil, melt, c. OS, OHG wallan

we'llwil; unstressed wɪl

  1. contraction of we shall or

    we will.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. well(noun)

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

  2. well(noun)

    a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid

  3. well, wellspring, fountainhead(noun)

    an abundant source

    "she was a well of information"

  4. well(noun)

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

  5. well(adj)

    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. well(adj)

    in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury

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

  7. good, well(p)(adj)

    resulting favorably

    "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"

  8. well(p)(verb)

    wise or advantageous and hence advisable

    "it would be well to start early"

  9. well, swell(adverb)

    come up, as of a liquid

    "Tears well in her eyes"; "the currents well up"

  10. well, good(adverb)

    (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')

    "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(adverb)

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

    "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"; "well-educated"

  12. well, easily(adverb)

    indicating high probability; in all likelihood

    "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(adverb)

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

    "a book well worth reading"; "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"; "suspected only too well what might be going on"

  14. well(adverb)

    to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree

    "the project was well underway"; "the fetus has well developed organs"; "his father was well pleased with his grades"

  15. well(adverb)

    favorably; with approval

    "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book"

  16. well, considerably, substantially(adverb)

    to a great extent or degree

    "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. well, intimately(adverb)

    with great or especially intimate knowledge

    "we knew them well"

  18. well(adverb)

    with prudence or propriety

    "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"

  19. well(adverb)

    with skill or in a pleasing manner

    "she dances well"; "he writes well"

  20. well, advantageously(adverb)

    in a manner affording benefit or advantage

    "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"

  21. well, comfortably(adverb)

    in financial comfort

    "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"

  22. well(adverb)

    without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor

    "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. well(adverb)ɛl

    to a good or excellent standard

    He's doing well in his new job.

  2. wellɛl

    effectively or with skill

    She writes very well.

  3. wellɛl


    Stir the milk in well.

  4. wellɛl

    very much

    The novel was well worth waiting for.

  5. wellɛl

    in addition to

    I'll be there and John will as well.; Bring something to eat as well as your bathing suit.

  6. wellɛl

    to be earning plenty of money

    He's a lawyer and doing very well for himself.

  7. wellɛl

    indicates you think sth is a good idea even if it is not perfect

    We might as well start without Gina.

  8. wellɛl

    indicates sth is likely

    He may well have misunderstood me.

  9. wellɛl

    used to praise

    Well done everyone!

  10. well(interjection)ɛl

    used to start a statement, especially a reply expressing doubt or disagreement

    "I think he stole it." "Well, there isn't any proof."; Well, how about meeting for lunch?

  11. wellɛl

    indicates surprise, anger, etc.

    Well, that was a nasty thing to say!; Well, well, look who's over there.

  12. wellɛl

    indicates acceptance of sth bad

    Oh well, we'll just have to come back later.

  13. well(adjective)ɛl

    ≠ ill, sick

    "How's your mother?" "Very well, thanks."; He didn't feel very well.

  14. wellɛl

    used to wish sb better health

  15. well(noun)ɛl

    a hole in the ground from which water is taken

    The well had dried up.

  16. wellɛl

    a hole in the ground from which oil or gas is taken

    ***oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico


  1. well(Contraction)

    we will

  2. well(Contraction)

    we shall

  3. Origin: weallan. Cognate with German wallen, Danish vælde.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Well(verb)

    an issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain

  2. Well(verb)

    a pit or hole sunk into the earth to such a depth as to reach a supply of water, generally of a cylindrical form, and often walled with stone or bricks to prevent the earth from caving in

  3. Well(verb)

    a shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine

  4. Well(verb)

    fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring

  5. Well(verb)

    an inclosure in the middle of a vessel's hold, around the pumps, from the bottom to the lower deck, to preserve the pumps from damage and facilitate their inspection

  6. Well(verb)

    a compartment in the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in water for the preservation of fish alive while they are transported to market

  7. Well(verb)

    a vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water

  8. Well(verb)

    a depressed space in the after part of the deck; -- often called the cockpit

  9. Well(verb)

    a hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries

  10. Well(verb)

    an opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole

  11. Well(verb)

    the lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls

  12. Well(verb)

    to issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring

  13. Well(verb)

    to pour forth, as from a well

  14. Well(verb)

    in a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly

  15. Well(verb)

    suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly

  16. Well(verb)

    fully or about; -- used with numbers

  17. Well(verb)

    in such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently

  18. Well(verb)

    considerably; not a little; far

  19. Well(adj)

    good in condition or circumstances; desirable, either in a natural or moral sense; fortunate; convenient; advantageous; happy; as, it is well for the country that the crops did not fail; it is well that the mistake was discovered

  20. Well(adj)

    being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly well

  21. Well(adj)

    being in favor; favored; fortunate

  22. Well(adj)

    safe; as, a chip warranted well at a certain day and place

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #130

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Written Corpus Frequency: #32

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Nouns Frequency: #2378

  4. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Adverbs Frequency: #11

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Adjectives Frequency: #322

Translations for well

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary



I don't feel very / at all well; She doesn't look very well; She's been ill but she's quite well now.

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