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    well - Dictionary definition and meaning for word well

    Definition
    (noun) a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine Definition
    (noun) a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid Definition
    (noun) an abundant source
    Synonyms : fountainhead , wellspring
    Example Sentence
    • she was a well of information
    Definition
    (noun) an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway) Definition
    (noun) 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 Definition
    (verb) come up, as of a liquid
    Synonyms : swell
    Example Sentence
    • Tears well in her eyes
    • the currents well up
    Definition
    (adj) in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury
    Example Sentence
    • appears to be entirely well
    • the wound is nearly well
    • a well man
    • I think I'm well; at least I feel well
    Definition
    (adj) resulting favorably
    Synonyms : good
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (adj) wise or advantageous and hence advisable
    Example Sentence
    • it would be well to start early
    Definition
    (adv) (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')
    Synonyms : good
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (adv) thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (adv) indicating high probability; in all likelihood
    Synonyms : easily
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (adv) (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully
    Example Sentence
    • a book well worth reading
    • was well aware of the difficulties ahead
    • suspected only too well what might be going on
    Definition
    (adv) to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree
    Example Sentence
    • the project was well underway
    • the fetus has well developed organs
    • his father was well pleased with his grades
    Definition
    (adv) favorably; with approval
    Example Sentence
    • their neighbors spoke well of them
    • he thought well of the book
    Definition
    (adv) to a great extent or degree
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (adv) with great or especially intimate knowledge
    Synonyms : intimately
    Example Sentence
    • we knew them well
    Definition
    (adv) with prudence or propriety
    Example Sentence
    • You would do well to say nothing more
    • could not well refuse
    Definition
    (adv) with skill or in a pleasing manner
    Example Sentence
    • she dances well
    • he writes well
    Definition
    (adv) in a manner affording benefit or advantage
    Synonyms : advantageously
    Example Sentence
    • she married well
    • The children were settled advantageously in Seattle
    Definition
    (adv) in financial comfort
    Synonyms : comfortably
    Example Sentence
    • They live well
    • she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died
    Definition
    (adv) without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor
    Example Sentence
    • took the joke well
    • took the tragic news well
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