well

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1 well /ˈwɛl/ adverb
better /ˈbɛtɚ/ ; best /ˈbɛst/
1 well
/ˈwɛl/
adverb
better /ˈbɛtɚ/ ; best /ˈbɛst/
Learner's definition of WELL
: in a successful way
see also do well at 1do
: in a skillful way
: in a good, proper, or positive way
: in a kind, friendly, or generous way
: completely or fully
: to a great degree or extent
used for emphasis to say that something is or is not proper, appropriate, etc.
usually used with can, could, may, or might
: very possibly usually used with could, may, or might
: without doubt or question
◊ To live well is to live in the comfortable and enjoyable way of people who have a lot of money, possessions, etc.
◊ To marry well is to marry someone who has high social status, wealth, etc.

as well

as well (as) : in addition to someone or something else
used in phrases like might as well and may as well to say that something should be done or accepted because it cannot be avoided or because there is no good reason not to do it
used to say that something else could have been done with the same result
: in the same way
2 well /ˈwɛl/ adjective
better; best
2 well
/ˈwɛl/
adjective
better; best
Learner's definition of WELL
: in good health : healthy
not used before a noun : in a good or satisfactory state
not used before a noun, formal : wise, sensible, or reasonable

alive and well

see alive

all very well

or all well and good
used to say that something may seem proper, good, or reasonable by itself but that there are other things that also have to be considered

just as well

see 2just

very well

see 1very
3 well /ˈwɛl/ interjection
3 well
/ˈwɛl/
interjection
Learner's definition of WELL
used to show that you are unsure about something you are saying
used to show that you accept something even though you are not happy about it
used when you are trying to persuade someone or to make someone feel less upset, worried, etc.
used when you are saying in a mild way that you disapprove of or disagree with something
used to show that you are waiting for someone to say or do something
used to say that something has ended or to make a final statement about something
used to begin a story or explanation or to continue one that was interrupted
used to express happiness or relief
used to express surprise or annoyance
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used when you want to correct a previous statement
4 well /ˈwɛl/ noun
plural wells
4 well
/ˈwɛl/
noun
plural wells
Learner's definition of WELL
[count]
: a deep hole made in the ground through which water can be removed see also artesian well, wishing well
see also inkwell, stairwell
5 well /ˈwɛl/ verb
wells; welled; welling
5 well
/ˈwɛl/
verb
wells; welled; welling
Learner's definition of WELL
[no object] of a liquid
: to rise to a surface and flow out usually + up
often used figuratively
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