Well - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wel|  American pronunciation of the word well
Brit.  |wel|  British pronunciation of the word well
- a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
- a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
- an abundant source (syn: fountainhead, wellspring)
- an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
- 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
- come up, as of a liquid (syn: swell)
- resulting favorably (syn: good)
- wise or advantageous and hence advisable
- (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') (syn: good)
- thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form
- indicating high probability; in all likelihood (syn: easily)
- (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully
- to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree
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She works well under pressure.

I did surprisingly well on my history test.

The company is doing well.

He has his own business and is doing well for himself.

You got a perfect score! Well done!

She sings and plays the guitar quite well.

The essay is well written.

He doesn't smoke or drink, and he eats well.

She doesn't treat her boyfriend very well.

The children are well again.

I don't feel very well.

You don't look so well.

I hope you get well soon.

I hope all is well with you and your family.

He was well spoken of.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: well
he/she/it: wells
present participle: welling
past tense: welled
past participle: welled
singular: well
plural: wells
comparative: better
superlative: best
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