well
I. noun Etymology: Middle English welle, from Old English; akin to Old English weallan to bubble, boil, Old High German wella wave, Lithuanian vilnis Date: before 12th century 1. a. an issue of water from the earth ; a pool fed by a spring b. source, origin 2. a. a pit or hole sunk into the earth to reach a supply of water b. a shaft or hole sunk to obtain oil, brine, or gas 3. a. an enclosure in the middle of a ship's hold to protect from damage and facilitate the inspection of the pumps b. a compartment in the hold of a fishing boat in which fish are kept alive 4. an open space extending vertically through floors of a structure 5. a space having a construction or shape suggesting a well for water 6. a. something resembling a well in being damp, cool, deep, or dark b. a deep vertical hole c. a source from which something may be drawn as needed 7. a pronounced minimum of a variable in physics <
a potential well
>
II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wellan to cause to well; akin to Old English weallan to bubble, boil Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to rise to the surface and usually flow forth <
tears welled from her eyes
>
2. to rise like a flood of liquid <
longing welled up in his breast
>
transitive verb to emit in a copious free flow III. adverb (better; best) Etymology: Middle English wel, from Old English; akin to Old High German wela well, Old English wyllan to wish — more at will Date: before 12th century 1. a. in a good or proper manner ; justly, rightly b. satisfactorily with respect to conduct or action <
did well in math
>
<
works well under pressure
>
2. in a kindly or friendly manner <
spoke well of your idea
>
<
wished them well
>
3. a. with skill or aptitude ; expertly, excellently <
paints well
>
b. satisfactorily <
the plan worked well
>
c. with good appearance or effect ; elegantly <
carried himself well
>
4. with careful or close attention ; attentively <
watch well what I do
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5. to a high degree <
well deserved the honor
>
<
a well-equipped kitchen
>
— often used as an intensifier or qualifier <
there are…vacancies pretty well all the time — Listener
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6. fully, quite <
well worth the price
>
7. a. in a way appropriate to the facts or circumstances ; fittingly, rightly <
well said
>
b. in a prudent manner ; sensibly — used with do <
you would do well to reread the material
>
8. in accordance with the occasion or circumstances ; with propriety or good reason <
cannot well refuse
>
<
the decision may well be questioned
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9. a. as one could wish ; pleasingly <
the idea didn't sit well with her
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b. with material success ; advantageously <
married well
>
10. a. easily, readily <
could well afford a new car
>
b. in all likelihood ; indeed <
it may well be true
>
11. in a prosperous or affluent manner <
he lives well
>
12. to an extent approaching completeness ; thoroughly <
after being well dried with a towel
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13. without doubt or question ; clearly <
well knew the penalty
>
14. in a familiar manner <
knew her well
>
15. to a large extent or degree ; considerably, far <
well over a million
>
Usage: see good IV. interjection Date: before 12th century 1. — used to indicate resumption of discourse or to introduce a remark <
they are, well, not quite what you'd expect
>
2. — used to express surprise or expostulation <
well, what have we here?
>
V. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. a. prosperous, well-off b. being in satisfactory condition or circumstances 2. being in good standing or favor 3. satisfactory, pleasing <
all's well that ends well
>
4. advisable, desirable <
it might be well for you to leave
>
5. a. free or recovered from infirmity or disease ; healthy <
he's not a well man
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b. completely cured or healed <
the wound is nearly well
>
6. pleasing or satisfactory in appearance <
our garden looks well — Conrad Aiken
>
7. being a cause for thankfulness ; fortunate <
it is well that this has happened
>
Synonyms: see healthy Usage: see good

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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