Well meaning

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A deep hole or shaft sunk into the earth to obtain water, oil, gas, or brine.
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The place at a bar, typically a lower shelf, where inferior liquor is stored.
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To pour forth.
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Used to introduce a remark, resume a narrative, or fill a pause during conversation.
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To flow or spring from or as from a well; gush (up, forth, down, out, etc.)
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To rise or surge from an inner source.

Anger welled up in me.

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A container or reservoir for a liquid, such as ink.
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An open space extending vertically through the floors of a building, as for stairs or ventilation.
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A cistern with a perforated bottom in the hold of a fishing vessel for keeping fish alive.
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(chiefly british) The central space in a law court, directly in front of the judge's bench, where the counsel or solicitor sits.
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To rise to the surface, ready to flow.

Tears welled in my eyes.

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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.

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The definition of well is in good condition.

An example of well is a car that drives perfectly.

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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."

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Well is a wish of good fortune.

An example of well is to wish someone luck on her driving test.

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An abundant source.

A well of information.

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An enclosed space for receiving and holding something, such as the wheels of an airplane when retracted.
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In a good or proper manner.

Behaved well.

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Skillfully or proficiently.

Dances well.

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Satisfactorily or sufficiently.

Slept well.

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Successfully or effectively.

Gets along well with people.

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In a comfortable or affluent manner.

Lived well.

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In a manner affording benefit or gain; advantageously.

Married well.

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With reason or propriety; reasonably.

Can't very well say no.

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In all likelihood; indeed.

You may well need your umbrella.

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In a prudent or sensible manner.

You would do well to say nothing more.

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In a close or familiar manner.

Knew them well.

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In a favorable or approving manner.

Spoke well of them.

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Thoroughly; completely.

Well cooked; cooked well.

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Perfectly; clearly.

I well understand your intentions.

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To a suitable or appropriate degree.

This product will answer your needs equally well.

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To a considerable extent or degree.

Well over the estimate.

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With care or attention.

Listened well.

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Entirely; fully.

Well worth seeing.

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In a satisfactory condition; right or proper.

All is well.

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Used to express surprise.
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A flow of water from the earth; natural spring and pool.
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A hole or shaft in the earth dug or drilled to tap an underground supply of water, gas, oil, etc.
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A source of abundant supply; fount.

A book that is a well of information.

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Any of various shafts or deep enclosed spaces resembling a well.
  • 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.
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Any of various vessels, containers, etc. for holding liquid, as an inkwell.
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A depression, as on a platter or broiler for catching meat juices.
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To pour forth; gush.

Eyes that welled tears.

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In a pleasing or desirable manner; satisfactorily.

Work that is going well.

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In a proper, friendly, or attentive manner.

To treat a person well.

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Skillfully; expertly.

To sing well.

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In an appropriate manner; fittingly.

Spoken well.

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With good reason; in justice; properly.

One may well ask.

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Satisfactorily in regard to health or physical condition.

The patient is doing well.

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To a considerable extent, degree, or distance.

Well advanced.

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Thoroughly; fully.

Stir well before cooking.

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With certainty; definitely.

To know perfectly well what one must do.

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Intimately; familiarly; closely.

To know a person well.

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In good spirit; with good grace.

He took the news well.

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Suitable, proper, fit, right, etc.

It is well that he came.

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In good health.

She is quite well.

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In a good or satisfactory condition; favorable; comfortable.

Things are well with us.

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Used variously to express agreement, resignation, surprise, inquiry, expostulation, etc.
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Used to preface or resume one's remarks.
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A deep hole or shaft sunk into the Earth to tap a liquid or gaseous substance such as water, oil, gas, or brine. If the substance is not under sufficient pressure to flow freely from the well, it must be pumped or raised mechanically to the surface. Water or pressurized gas is sometimes pumped into a nonproducing oil well to push petroleum resources out of underground reservoirs.
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(manner) Accurately, competently, satisfactorily.

He does his job well.

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(manner) Completely, fully.

A well done steak.

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(degree) To a significant degree.

That author is well known.

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(degree, UK, slang) Very (as a general-purpose intensifier).
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In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favourably; advantageously.
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In good health.

I had been sick, but now I'm well.

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(archaic) Prudent; good; well-advised.
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“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.”

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An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled.

Well, well, well, what do we have here?

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Used in speech to express the overcoming of reluctance to say something.

It was a bit... well... too loud.

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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.”

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A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids.
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A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally; a spring.
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A small depression suitable for holding liquid, or other objects.
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(figuratively) A source of supply.
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(nautical) A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate.
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(nautical) The cockpit of a sailboat.
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(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.
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(nautical) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of the water.
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(military) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
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(architecture) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
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(metalworking) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.
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A well drink.

They're having a special tonight: $1 wells.

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(video games) The playfield of the video game Tetris, into which the blocks fall.
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To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.
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To have something seep out of the surface.

Her eyes welled with tears.

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as well
  • In addition; also:
    Mentioned other matters as well.
  • With equal effect:
    I might as well go.
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(informal) in well with
  • In a position to influence or be favored by:
    He's in well with management.
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as well
  • besides; in addition
  • with equal justification, propriety, or effect; equally
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as well as
  • in addition to
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wish someone well
  • to wish success or good fortune for someone
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
well
Comparative
wellest
Superlative
wellest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of well

  • Middle English welle from Old English wel-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English wel from Old English wel-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English weallan. Cognate with German wallen (“boil, seethe”), Danish vælde (“gush”), Albanian valoj (“I boil, seethe”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English well (“well”), from Proto-Germanic *wall-.

    From Wiktionary