morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious: a good man.
satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree: a good teacher; good health.
of high quality; excellent.
right; proper; fit: It is good that you are here. His credentials are good.
well-behaved: a good child.
kind, beneficent, or friendly: to do a good deed.
honorable or worthy; in good standing:a good name.
educated and refined: She has a good background.
financially sound or safe: His credit is good.
genuine; not counterfeit: a good quarter.
sound or valid: good judgment; good reasons.
reliable; dependable; responsible: good advice.
healthful; beneficial: Fresh fruit is good for you.
in excellent condition; healthy: good teeth.
not spoiled or tainted; edible; palatable: The meat was still good after three months in the freezer.
favorable; propitious: good news.
cheerful; optimistic; amiable: in good spirits.
free of distress or pain; comfortable: to feel good after surgery.
agreeable; pleasant: Have a good time.
attractive; handsome: She has a good figure.
(of the complexion) smooth; free from blemish.
close or intimate; warm: She's a good friend of mine.
sufficient or ample: a good supply.
advantageous; satisfactory for the purpose: a good day for fishing.
competent or skillful; clever: a good manager; good at arithmetic.
skillfully or expertly done: a really good job; a good play.
conforming to rules of grammar, usage, etc.; correct: good English.
socially proper: good manners.
remaining available to one: Don't throw good money after bad.
comparatively new or of relatively fine quality: Don't play in the mud in your good clothes.
finest or most dressy: He wore his good suit to the office today.
full: a good day's journey away.
fairly large or great: a good amount.
free from precipitation or cloudiness: good weather.
Medicine/Medical. (of a patient's condition) having stable and normal vital signs, being conscious and comfortable, and having excellent appetite, mobility, etc.
fertile; rich: good soil.
loyal: a good Democrat.
(of a return or service in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) landing within the limits of a court or section of a court.
Informal. (used when declining an offer or suggestion, as to communicate that one is already satisfied): "More coffee?" "No thanks, I’m good!"
Horse Racing. (of the surface of a track) drying after a rain so as to be still slightly sticky: This horse runs best on a good track.
(of meat, especially beef) noting or pertaining to the specific grade below “choice,” containing more lean muscle and less edible fat than “prime” or “choice.”
favorably regarded (used as an epithet for a ship, town, etc.): the good ship Syrena.
profit or advantage; worth; benefit: What good will that do? We shall work for the common good.
excellence or merit; kindness: to do good.
moral righteousness; virtue: to be a power for good.
(especially in the grading of U.S. beef) an official grade below that of “choice.”
possessions, especially movable effects or personal property.
articles of trade; wares; merchandise: canned goods.
Informal. what has been promised or is expected: to deliver the goods.
Informal. items that are authentic rather than imitation; the genuine article: If you want real pearls, we have the goods.
Informal. evidence of guilt, as stolen articles: to catch someone with the goods.
cloth or textile material: top-quality linen goods.
Chiefly British. merchandise sent by land, rather than by water or air.
the ideal of goodness or morality.
good things or persons collectively.
(used as an expression of approval or satisfaction): Good! Now we can all go home.
Informal. well1 (defs. 1-3, 8): I wish I could cook this good! Yes, we knew him pretty good.
Idioms about good
as good as. as1 (def. 20).
come to no good, to end in failure or as a failure: Her jealous relatives said that she would come to no good.
for good, finally and permanently; forever: to leave the country for good. : Also for good and all.
certain to repay (money owed) because of integrity, financial stability, etc.
the equivalent in value of: Two thousand stamps are good for one coffeepot.
able to survive or continue functioning for (the length of time or the distance indicated): These tires are good for another 10,000 miles.
valid or in effect for (the length of time indicated): a license good for one year.
(used as an expression of approval): Good for you!
good full, Nautical. (of a sail or sails) well filled, especially when sailing close to the wind; clean full; rap full.
to make recompense for; repay.
to implement an agreement; fulfill.
to be successful.
to substantiate; verify.
to carry out; accomplish; execute: The convicts made good their getaway.
no good, without value or merit; worthless; contemptible: The check was no good.
to the good,
generally advantageous: That's all to the good, but what do I get out of it?
richer in profit or gain: When he withdrew from the partnership, he was several thousand dollars to the good.
The adjective good is standard after linking verbs like taste, smell, look, feel, be, and seem: Everything tastes good. The biscuits smell good. You're looking good today. When used after look or feel, good may refer to spirits as well as health: I'm feeling pretty good this morning, ready to take on the world. Well is both an adjective and an adverb. As an adjective used after look, feel, or other linking verbs, it often refers to good health: You're looking well; we missed you while you were in the hospital. See also bad.
|1||pure, moral, conscientious; meritorious, worthy, exemplary, upright|
|6||kindly, benevolent, humane, gracious, obliging|
|24||profitable, useful, serviceable, beneficial|
|25||efficient, proficient, capable, able, ready, suited, suitable, dexterous, expert, adroit, apt|
- qua·si-good, adjective
- good , well (see usage note at the current entry)
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How to use good in a sentence
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If you own a small salon in Los Angeles, most people looking for salon services will search for very specific phrases like “salons in Los Angeles” or “best hair stylists in Los Angeles.”A small business’ step-by-step guide to dominating local search in 2021 | Joseph Dyson | February 10, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
Despite the best efforts of all involved, from players to TV producers, things were off all night.The Pandemic Super Bowl, Naturally, Was Rough To Watch | Sean Gregory | February 8, 2021 | Time
Forwards Bile and Wahab were extremely active during Georgetown’s best runs, but foul trouble kept taking both off the floor.Georgetown continues to play well but falls short in the end against Villanova | Kareem Copeland | February 7, 2021 | Washington Post
As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think everybody would like to be handsome and good at karate.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Petty, shade, and thirst are my favorite human “virtues” and the trifecta of any good series of “stories.”‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist | Judnick Mayard | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Finding a smuggler in Ventimiglia is easier than finding good food.
We resolved to do our best to merit the good opinion which we thus supposed them to entertain of us.
And with some expressions of mutual good-will and interest, master and man separated.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.
The Seven-score and four on the six middle Bells, the treble leading, and the tenor lying behind every change, makes good Musick.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing | Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
Those in whom the impulse is strong and dominant are perhaps those who in later years make the good society actors.Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for good
having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities; not negative, bad or mediocre: a good idea; a good teacher
morally excellent or admirable; virtuous; righteous: a good man
(as collective noun; preceded by the): the good
suitable or efficient for a purpose: a good secretary; a good winter coat
beneficial or advantageous: vegetables are good for you
not ruined or decayed; sound or whole: the meat is still good
kindly, generous, or approving: you are good to him
right or acceptable: your qualifications are good for the job
rich and fertile: good land
valid or genuine: I would not do this without good reason
honourable or held in high esteem: a good family
commercially or financially secure, sound, or safe: good securities; a good investment
(of a draft) drawn for a stated sum
(of debts) expected to be fully paid
clever, competent, or talented: he's good at science
obedient or well-behaved: a good dog
reliable, safe, or recommended: a good make of clothes
affording material pleasure or indulgence: the good things in life; the good life
having a well-proportioned, beautiful, or generally fine appearance: a good figure; a good complexion
complete; full: I took a good look round the house
propitious; opportune: a good time to ask the manager for a rise
satisfying or gratifying: a good rest
comfortable: did you have a good night?
newest or of the best quality: to keep the good plates for important guests
fairly large, extensive, or long: a good distance away
sufficient; ample: we have a good supply of food
US (of meat) of the third government grade, above standard and below choice
serious or intellectual: good music
used in a traditional description: the good ship ``America''
used in polite or patronizing phrases or to express anger (often intended ironically): how is your good lady?; look here, my good man!
a good one
an unbelievable assertion
a very funny joke
as good as virtually; practically: it's as good as finished
as good as gold excellent; very good indeed
be as good as to or be so good as to would you please
come good to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
good and informal (intensifier): good and mad
(intensifier; used in mild oaths): good grief!; good heavens!
an exclamation of approval, agreement, pleasure, etc
moral or material advantage or use; benefit or profit: for the good of our workers; what is the good of worrying?
positive moral qualities; goodness; virtue; righteousness; piety
(sometimes capital) moral qualities seen as a single abstract entity: we must pursue the Good
a good thing
economics a commodity or service that satisfies a human need
for good or for good and all forever; permanently: I have left them for good
to recompense or repair damage or injury
to be successful
to demonstrate or prove the truth of (a statement or accusation)
to secure and retain (a position)
to effect or fulfil (something intended or promised)
good on you or good for you well done, well said, etc: a term of congratulation
get any good of or get some good of Irish
to handle to good effect: I never got any good of this machine
to understand properly: I could never get any good of him
to receive cooperation from
- See also goods
- goodish, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with good
In addition to the idioms beginning with good
- good and
- good around
- good as, as
- good as done, as
- good as gold, as
- good as one's word, as
- good day
- good deal, a
- good egg, a
- good evening
- good faith
- good for
- good graces
- good grief
- good head on one's shoulders, have a
- good life, the
- good luck
- good many, a
- good mind
- good morning
- good nature
- goodness gracious
- goodness knows
- good night
- good off
- good riddance
- good Samaritan
- good scout
- good sort
- good thing
- good time
- good turn
- good word
- good works
- goody two-shoes
- bad (good) sort
- but good
- do any good
- do good
- do one good
- for good
- for good measure
- get on someone's good side
- get out while the getting is good
- give a good account of oneself
- give as good as one gets
- have a good command of
- have a good mind to
- have a good thing going
- have a good time
- hold good
- ill wind (that blows nobody any good)
- in all good conscience
- in bad (good) faith
- in (good) condition
- in due course (all in good time)
- in good
- in good hands
- in good part
- in good spirits
- in good time
- in good with
- in someone's good graces
- keep (good) time
- make good
- make good time
- make someone look good
- miss is as good as a mile
- never had it so good
- no good
- no news is good news
- not the only fish (other good fish) in the sea
- one good turn deserves another
- on good terms
- on one's best (good) behavior
- put in a good word
- put to good use
- show someone a good time
- show to (good) advantage
- so far so good
- stand in good stead
- take in good part
- throw good money after bad
- to good purpose
- too good to be true
- too much of a good thing
- to the good
- turn to (good account)
- up to no good
- well and good
- what's the good of
- with good grace
- world of good
- your guess is as good as mine
Also see undergoodnessgoods.
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