adjective, comparative bet·ter,superlative best.
SYNONYMS FOR well
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Idioms for well
- in addition; also; too: She insisted on directing the play and on producing it as well.
- equally: The town grew as well because of its location as because of its superb climate.
Origin of well1
grammar notes for well
In a similar manner, adjectival compounds formed with better, best, little, lesser, least, etc., are also hyphenated when placed before the noun ( a little-understood theory ), but the hyphen is dropped when the adjectival combination follows the noun ( his films are best known in England ) or is itself modified by an adverb ( a too little understood theory ).
There are exceptions to this pattern. For example, when the combining adverb ends in –ly, no hyphen is required, whether the resulting adjectival combination appears before or after the noun: a highly regarded surgeon; a surgeon who is highly regarded.
Don’t let the hyphens fool you. Punctuation can be tricky!
usage note for well
Definition for well (2 of 3)
- a part of a weather deck between two superstructures, extending from one side of a vessel to the other.
- a compartment or enclosure around a ship's pumps to make them easily accessible and protect them from being damaged by the cargo.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of well2
Definition for well (3 of 3)
usage note for we'll
Example sentences from the Web for well
We-ll, 'twas in my pants pocket here, just where I put it last time I used it.Shavings|Joseph C. Lincoln
We-ll, but youll have to let me really help, you know, get the refreshments and everything.Betty Lee, Freshman|David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We-ll, I'd like to hear a little testimony from Cordelia first.Fair Harbor|Joseph Crosby Lincoln
"We-ll, you came all the way from New York on purpose, you know," he observed.The Portygee|Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for well (1 of 3)
adverb better or best
- in addition; too
- (preceded by may or might) with equal effectyou might as well come
- just as well preferable or advisableit would be just as well if you paid me now
adjective (usually postpositive)
- an expression of surprise, indignation, or reproof
- an expression of anticipation in waiting for an answer or remark
Word Origin for well
British Dictionary definitions for well (2 of 3)
- a cavity, space, or vessel used to contain a liquid
- (in combination)an inkwell
- a bulkheaded compartment built around a ship's pumps for protection and ease of access
- another word for cockpit
Word Origin for well
British Dictionary definitions for well (3 of 3)
Scientific definitions for well
Idioms and Phrases with well
In addition to the idioms beginning with well
- well and good
- well off
- well out of, be
- well preserved
- alive and kicking (well)
- all's well that ends well
- all very well
- as well
- as well as
- augur well for
- damn well
- do well
- full well
- get well
- hanged for a sheep, might as well be
- leave well enough alone
- only too (well)
- sit well with
- think a lot (well) of
- to a fare-thee-well
- very well
- wear well