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  1. well
    IPA[wel]
  2. adverb

    adjective

    exclamation

    • 1. used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief:

      Well, really! The manners of some people!
    • 2. used when pausing to consider one's next words:

      well, I suppose I could fit you in at 3:45
    • 3. used to express agreement or acceptance, often in a qualified or slightly reluctant way:

      well, all right, but be quick
    • 4. used to introduce the resumption of a narrative or a change of subject.

    • 5. used to mark the end of a conversation or activity:

      well, cheers, Tom—I must run
    • 6. used to indicate that one is waiting for an answer or explanation from someone:

      Well? You promised to tell me all about it
    • noun

      a shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil, or gas.

      a water spring or fountain.

    • verb

      (of a liquid) rise to the surface and spill or be about to spill:

      (of an emotion) arise and become more intense:

    • adjective

      of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality:

      most enjoyable:

    • adverb

      to the highest degree; most:

      most excellently or effectively:

    • noun

      that which is the most excellent, outstanding, or desirable:

      the most meritorious aspect of a thing or person:

    • adjective

      of a more excellent or effective type or quality:

      more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised:

    • adverb

      more excellently or effectively:

      to a greater degree; more:

    • noun

      the better one; that which is better:

      one's superiors in social class or ability:

    • noun

      variant spelling of bettor
    • adverb

      in a good or satisfactory way:

      in a way that is appropriate to the facts or circumstances:

    • adjective

      in good health; free or recovered from illness:

      in a satisfactory state or position:

    • exclamation

      used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief:

      used when pausing to consider one's next words, to mark the resumption or end of a conversation, etc.:

    • adjective

      of the most excellent or desirable type or quality:

      most enjoyable:

    • adverb

      to the highest degree; most (used with verbs suggesting a desirable action or state or a successful outcome):

      to the highest standard:

    • noun

      that which is the most excellent, outstanding, or desirable:

      the finest aspect of a person or thing:

    • adjective

      more desirable, satisfactory, or effective:

      more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised:

    • adverb

      more excellently or effectively:

      to a greater degree; more (used in connection with success or with desirable actions or conditions):

    • noun

      the better one; that which is better:

      one's superiors in social class or ability:

    • noun

      a shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil, or gas.

      a water spring or fountain.

    • verb

      (of a liquid) rise up to the surface and spill or be about to spill:

      (of an emotion) develop and become more intense:

    • noun

      variant spelling of bettor
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