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Adverb: well  wel
  1. (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";
    - good [N. Amer]
     
  2. 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"
     
  3. Indicating high probability; in all likelihood
    "I might well do it"; "you may well need your umbrella"; "he could equally well be trying to deceive us";
    - easily
     
  4. (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"
     
  5. To a suitable or appropriate extent or degree
    "the project was well underway"; "the foetus has well developed organs"; "his father was well pleased with his grades"
     
  6. Favourably; with approval
    "their neighbours spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book"
     
  7. To a great extent or degree
    "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"; "painting the room white made it seem well larger";
    - considerably, substantially
     
  8. With great or especially intimate knowledge
    "we knew them well";
    - intimately
     
  9. With prudence or propriety
    "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"
     
  10. With skill or in a pleasing manner
    "she dances well"; "he writes well"
     
  11. In a manner affording benefit or advantage
    "she married well";
    - advantageously
     
  12. In financial comfort
    "They live well";
    - comfortably
     
  13. Without unusual distress or resentment; with good humour
    "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"
Noun: well  wel
  1. A deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
     
  2. A cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
     
  3. An abundant source
    "she was a well of information";
    - wellspring, fountainhead
     
  4. An open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
     
  5. 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
Adjective: well  wel
  1. 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"
     
  2. Resulting favourably
    "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well";
    - good
     
  3. Wise or advantageous and hence advisable
    "it would be well to start early"
Verb: well  wel
  1. Come up, as of a liquid
    "the currents well up"; "Tears well in her eyes";
    - swell
Contraction: we'll  weel
  1. We shall, we shall

Derived forms: welled, wells, welling

See also: advisable, asymptomatic, cured, fit, fortunate, healed, healthy, recovered, symptomless

Type of: come up, compartment, excavation, rise, rise up, shaft, source, surface, vessel

Antonym: badly, ill

Encyclopedia: Well, The