- The definition of well is in good condition.
An example of well is a car that drives perfectly.
- Well means in a good manner or carefully or thoroughly.
- An example of well is feeling fine.
- An example of well is to entirely search a closest for a missing key.
- Well is defined as a way to express surprise or scolding.
An example of well is a word that could go before, "There's no need to speak like that."
- Well is a wish of good fortune.
An example of well is to wish someone luck on her driving test.
- a flow of water from the earth; natural spring and pool
- a hole or shaft in the earth dug or drilled to tap an underground supply of water, gas, oil, etc.
- a source of abundant supply; fount: a book that is a well of information
- any of various shafts or deep enclosed spaces resembling a well; esp.,
- an open shaft in a building for a staircase; stairwell
- a shaft in a building or between buildings, open to the sky for light and air
- an elevator shaft
- Naut. an enclosure in the hold of a ship for containing the pumps and protecting them from damage
- any of various vessels, containers, etc. for holding liquid, as an inkwell
- a depression, as on a platter or broiler for catching meat juices
- the place at a bar, typically a lower shelf, where inferior liquor is stored
Origin of wellMiddle English welle from Old English wella, akin to weallan, to boil up, akin to German welle, wave, wallen, to boil from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to turn, roll from source walk, Classical Latin volvere, to roll
Origin of wellME wellen, to well up, bubble, boil, weld < OE wiellan, wyllan, to bubble, caus. of weallan: see wellthe noun
- in a pleasing or desirable manner; satisfactorily: work that is going well
- in a proper, friendly, or attentive manner: to treat a person well
- skillfully; expertly: to sing well
- in an appropriate manner; fittingly: spoken well
- prosperously; in comfort and plenty: to live well
- to one's advantage or well-being: to marry well
- with good reason; in justice; properly: one may well ask
- satisfactorily in regard to health or physical condition: the patient is doing well
- to a considerable extent, degree, or distance: well advanced
- thoroughly; fully: stir well before cooking
- with certainty; definitely: to know perfectly well what one must do
- intimately; familiarly; closely: to know a person well
- in good spirit; with good grace: he took the news well
Origin of wellMiddle English wel from OE, akin to German wohl: for Indo-European base see will: basic sense “according to desire”
- suitable, proper, fit, right, etc.: it is well that he came
- in good health: she is quite well
- in a good or satisfactory condition; favorable; comfortable: things are well with us
- used variously to express agreement, resignation, surprise, inquiry, expostulation, etc.
- used to preface or resume one's remarks
- besides; in addition
- with equal justification, propriety, or effect; equallyalso just as well
as well as
wish someone well
- A deep hole or shaft sunk into the earth to obtain water, oil, gas, or brine.
- A container or reservoir for a liquid, such as ink.
- a. A place where water issues from the earth; a spring or fountain.b. A mineral spring.c. wells A watering place; a spa.
- An abundant source: a well of information.
- An open space extending vertically through the floors of a building, as for stairs or ventilation.
- Nautical a. An enclosure in a ship's hold for the pumps.b. A compartment or recessed area in a ship, used for stowage: an anchor well.c. A part of a ship's weather deck enclosed between two watertight bulkheads.
- A cistern with a perforated bottom in the hold of a fishing vessel for keeping fish alive.
- An enclosed space for receiving and holding something, such as the wheels of an airplane when retracted.
- Chiefly British The central space in a law court, directly in front of the judge's bench, where the counsel or solicitor sits.
verbwelled, well·ing, wells
- To rise to the surface, ready to flow: Tears welled in my eyes.
- To rise or surge from an inner source: Anger welled up in me.
Origin of wellMiddle English welle from Old English; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- In a good or proper manner: behaved well.
- Skillfully or proficiently: dances well.
- Satisfactorily or sufficiently: slept well.
- Successfully or effectively: gets along well with people.
- In a comfortable or affluent manner: lived well.
- In a manner affording benefit or gain; advantageously: married well.
- With reason or propriety; reasonably: can't very well say no.
- In all likelihood; indeed: You may well need your umbrella.
- In a prudent or sensible manner: You would do well to say nothing more.
- In a close or familiar manner: knew them well.
- In a favorable or approving manner: spoke well of them.
- Thoroughly; completely: well cooked; cooked well.
- Perfectly; clearly: I well understand your intentions.
- To a suitable or appropriate degree: This product will answer your needs equally well.
- To a considerable extent or degree: well over the estimate.
- With care or attention: listened well.
- Entirely; fully: well worth seeing.
- In a satisfactory condition; right or proper: All is well.
- a. Not ailing, infirm, or diseased; healthy. See Synonyms at healthy.b. Cured or healed, as a wound.c. Of or characterized by the maintenance of good health practices. Often used in combination: a well-baby clinic; a well-child visit to the doctor.
- a. Advisable; prudent: It would be well not to ask.b. Fortunate; good: It is well that you stayed.
- Used to introduce a remark, resume a narrative, or fill a pause during conversation.
- Used to express surprise.
Origin of wellMiddle English wel from Old English; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: English speakers have used well both as an adjective and as an adverb since Old English times. When applied to people, the adjective well usually refers to a state of health. Like similar adjectives, such as ill and faint, well in this use is normally restricted to the predicate, as in He hasn't been well lately. Well does see occasional use before a noun, as in Benjamin Franklin's “ Poor Dick eats like a well man, and drinks like a sick. ” It also appears in compound adjectives like well-baby and well-child, which are widely used by health-care providers. Good, on the other hand, has a much wider range of senses, including “attractive,” as in He looks good, and “competent,” as in She's pretty good for a beginner, as well as “healthy.” See Usage Note at good.
(comparative better, superlative best)
- (manner) Accurately, competently, satisfactorily.
- He does his job well.
- (manner) Completely, fully.
- a well done steak
- (degree) To a significant degree.
- That author is well known.
- (degree, UK, slang) Very (as a general-purpose intensifier).
- In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favourably; advantageously.
(comparative better, superlative best)
- Used to acknowledge a statement or situation.
- “The car is broken.” “Well, we could walk to the movies instead.”
- “I didn't like the music.” “Well, I thought it was good.”
- (Accidentally sets tent on fire) “Well, I guess we're sleeping under the stars tonight.”
- An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled.
- Well, well, well, what do we have here?
- Used in speech to express the overcoming of reluctance to say something.
- It was a bit... well... too loud.
- Used in speech to fill gaps; filled pause.
- “So what have you been doing?” “Well, we went for a picnic, and then it started raining so we came home early.”
From Middle English wel, wal, wol, wele, from Old English wel, wæl, well (“well, abundantly, very, very easily, very much, fully, quite, nearly”), from Proto-Germanic *wela, *walō (“well”, literally “as wished, as desired”), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“wish, desire”), *wol-. Cognate with Scots wele, weil (“well”), North Frisian wel, weil, wal (“well”), West Frisian wol (“well”), Dutch wel (“well”), Low German wol (“well”), German wol, wohl (“well”), Danish vel (“well”), Swedish väl (“well”), Icelandic vel, val (“well”). Non-Germanic cognate include Albanian vallë (“well, perhaps, wishfully”). Related to will.
- A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids.
- A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally; a spring.
- A small depression suitable for holding liquid, or other objects.
- (figuratively) A source of supply.
- (nautical) A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate.
- (nautical) The cockpit of a sailboat.
- (nautical) 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 to keep fish alive while they are transported to market.
- (nautical) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of the water.
- (military) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
- (architecture) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
- (metalworking) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.
- A well drink.
- They're having a special tonight: $1 wells.
- (video games) The playfield of the video game Tetris, into which the blocks fall.
(third-person singular simple present wells, present participle welling, simple past and past participle welled)
- To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.
- To have something seep out of the surface.
- Her eyes welled with tears.
From Old English weallan. Cognate with German wallen (“boil, seethe”), Danish vælde (“gush”), Albanian valoj (“I boil, seethe”).