"well" in the noun sense
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
3. well, wellspring, fountainhead
an abundant source
"she was a well of information"
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
"well" in the verb sense
1. well, swell
come up, as of a liquid
"Tears well in her eyes"
"the currents well up"
"well" in the adjective sense
in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury at least I feel well"
"appears to be entirely well"
"the wound is nearly well"
"a well man"
"I think I'm well
2. good, well
"it's a good thing that I wasn't there"
"it is good that you stayed"
"it is well that no one saw you"
"all's well that ends well"
wise or advantageous and hence advisable
"it would be well to start early"
"well" in the adverb sense
1. well, good
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"
"the baby can walk pretty good"
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"
3. well, easily
indicating high probability in all likelihood
"I might well do it"
"a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"
"you may well need your umbrella"
"he could equally well be trying to deceive us"
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"
to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree
"the project was well underway"
"the fetus has well developed organs"
"his father was well pleased with his grades"
favorably with approval
"their neighbors spoke well of them"
"he thought well of the book"
7. well, considerably, substantially
to a great extent or degree
"I'm afraid the film was well over budget"
"painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"
"the house has fallen considerably in value"
"the price went up substantially"
8. well, intimately
with great or especially intimate knowledge
"we knew them well"
with prudence or propriety
"You would do well to say nothing more"
"could not well refuse"
with skill or in a pleasing manner
"she dances well"
"he writes well"
11. well, advantageously
in a manner affording benefit or advantage
"she married well"
"The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"
12. well, comfortably
in financial comfort
"They live well"
"she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"
without unusual distress or resentment with good humor
"took the joke well"
"took the tragic news well"
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