Good meaning

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Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor.

A good experience; good news from the hospital.

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Used to form exclamatory phrases expressing surprise or dismay.

Good heavens! Good grief!

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The definition of good is someone or something that is efficient, useful, healthy, strong, happy or skilled.

An example of good is a washing machine that cleans clothes well and doesn't use much water.

An example of good is a productive employee.

An example of good is 20/20 vision.

An example of good is a chair that can hold larger people.

An example of good is feeling comfortable and joyful.

An example of good is a mechanic that can fix any car.

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Morally sound or excellent.
  • Virtuous; honest; just.
  • Pious; devout.
  • Kind, benevolent, generous, sympathetic, etc.
  • Well-behaved; dutiful.
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Goodness; virtue.

There is much good to be found in people.

noun
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Welfare; benefit.

For the common good.

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Beneficial to health; salutary.

A good night's rest.

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Complete; thorough.

A good workout.

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Honorable; worthy; respectable.

One's good name.

adjective
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Used to express satisfaction, pleasure, agreement, etc. and, in some exclamatory phrases, to express surprise, consternation, etc.: orig. a euphemism for God.
interjection
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Well.
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(of people)
  • Acting in the interest of good; ethical.
    Good intentions.
  • A good swimmer.
  • Able to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; of unimpaired credit.
    Can you lend me fifty dollars? You know I'm good for it.
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Worthy of respect; honorable.

Ruined the family's good name.

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(informal) Comfortable, satisfied, etc.

“Would you like some more?” “No, thanks. I'm good

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Competent; skilled.

A good machinist.

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(slang) Incriminating information or evidence.

Tried to get the goods on the crook.

noun
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Dependable; reliable; right.

Good advice.

adjective
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A surname​.
pronoun
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An unincorporated community in West Virginia.
pronoun
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Fertile.

Good soil.

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Enjoyable, desirable, pleasant, happy, etc.

A good life.

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Thorough; complete.

A good job of cleaning up.

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(law) Effectual; valid.

Good title.

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To a considerable amount, extent, or degree.

A good many, a good beating.

adjective
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At least; full.

We waited a good six hours.

adjective
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Well, completely, fully, etc.
adverb
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(of capabilities)
  • Useful for a particular purpose; functional.
    It’s a good watch; the flashlight batteries are still good.
  • A good worker.
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(of properties and qualities)
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(colloquial) With "and", extremely.

The soup is good and hot.

adjective
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(countable) A result that is positive in the view of the speaker.
noun
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(uncountable) The abstract instantiation of goodness; that which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.

The best is the enemy of the good.

noun
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(now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) To furnish with dung; manure; fatten with manure; fertilise.

verb
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Attractive; handsome.

Good looks.

adjective
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Full.

It is a good mile from here.

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Fresh; unspoiled; uncontaminated.

Good eggs.

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Valid; genuine; real.

Good money, a good excuse.

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Healthy; strong; vigorous.

Good eyesight.

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Financially safe or sound.

A good investment.

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Adequate; ample; sufficient; satisfying.

A good meal.

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Able; skilled; expert.

A good swimmer.

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Loyal or conforming.

A good Democrat.

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(reflexive, now chiefly dialectal) To flatter; congratulate oneself; anticipate.
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Something good.
  • That which is morally right.
  • Worth; virtue; merit.
    The good in a man.
  • Something contributing to health, welfare, happiness, etc.; benefit; advantage.
    The greatest good of the greatest number.
  • Something desirable or desired.
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(especially when capitalized) Holy.

Good Friday.

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(of quantities)
  • Reasonable in amount.
    All in good time.
  • Large in amount or size.
    A good part of his day was spent shopping.
    It will be a good while longer until he's done.
    He's had a good amount of troubles, he has.
    A good while longer; a good amount of seeds.
  • This hill will take a good hour and a half to climb.
    The car was a good ten miles away.
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That is good: an elliptical exclamation of satisfaction or commendation.

Good! I can leave now.

interjection
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(nonstandard) Well; satisfactorily or thoroughly.
adverb
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(uncountable) The forces or behaviors that are the enemy of evil. Usually consists of helping others and general benevolence.
noun
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(intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To make improvements or repairs.
verb
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(countable, usually in plural) An item of merchandise.
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(intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To thrive; fatten; prosper; improve.
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(now chiefly dialectal) To make good; turn to good; improve.
verb
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(intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To benefit; gain.
verb
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(now chiefly dialectal) To do good to (someone); benefit; cause to improve or gain.
verb
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(now chiefly dialectal) To satisfy; indulge; gratify.
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as good as
  • Practically; nearly:
    As good as new.
idiom
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but good
  • Used as an intensive:
    The pipe started to leak but good.
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for good
  • Permanently; forever:
    I'm moving to Europe for good.
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good and
  • Very; thoroughly:
    I'll do it when I'm good and ready.
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(informal) no good
  • Worthless.
  • Futile; useless:
    It's no good arguing with them.
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to the good
  • For the best; advantageous.
  • In an advantageous financial position:
    Ended up to the good.
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as good as
  • in effect; virtually; nearly
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come to no good
  • to come to a bad end; end in failure, trouble, etc.
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for good (and all)
  • for always; finally; permanently
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good and
  • very or altogether
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good for
  • able to survive, endure, or be used for (a specified period of time)
  • worth
    A coupon good for 10¢.
  • able to pay, repay, or give
  • sure to result in
    good for a laugh.
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good for someone!
  • an exclamation used to express approval for someone who has done or achieved something admirable
    good for you!.
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no good
  • useless or worthless
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the good
  • those who are good
  • what is morally good
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to the good
  • as a profit, benefit, or advantage
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Origin of good

  • Middle English from Old English gōd ghedh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English good, from Old English gōd (“good, virtuous, desirable, favorable, salutary, pleasant, valid, efficient, suitable, considerable, sufficiently great”), from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz (“good”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (“to unite, be associated, suit”). Cognate with Scots guid (“good”), West Frisian goed (“good”), Dutch goed (“good”), Low German god (“good”), German gut (“good”), Danish and Swedish god (“good”), Icelandic góður (“good”), Lithuanian guõdas (“honor”), Albanian dial. hut (“good, fit, appropriate”), Old Church Slavonic годъ (godŭ, “pleasing time”) and годенъ (godenŭ, “fitting, suitable”), Sanskrit गद्य (gádhya, “fitting, suitable”). Related to gather.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English good, god, from Old English gōd (“a good thing, advantage, benefit, gift; good, goodness, welfare; virtue, ability, doughtiness; goods, property, wealth”), from Proto-Germanic *gōdą (“goods, belongings”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ-, *gʰodʰ- (“to unite, be associated, suit”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English goode (“good, well”, adv), from the adjective. Compare Dutch goed (“good, well”, adv), German gut (“good, well”, adv), Danish godt (“good, well”, adv), Swedish godt (“good, well”, adv), all from the adjective.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English goden, godien, from Old English gōdian (“to improve, get better; make better; endow, enrich”), from Proto-Germanic *gōdōną (“to make better, improve”), from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz (“good, favourable”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From English dialectal, from Middle English *goden, of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish göda (“to fatten, fertilise, battle”), Danish gøde (“to fertilise, battle”), ultimately from the adjective. See above.

    From Wiktionary