(a word of kindly greeting, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure): Welcome, stranger!
a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.
to greet the arrival of (a person, guests, etc.) with pleasure or kindly courtesy.
to receive or accept with pleasure; regard as pleasant or good: to welcome a change.
to meet, accept, or receive (an action, challenge, person, etc.) in a specified, especially unfriendly, manner: They welcomed him with hisses and catcalls.
gladly received, as one whose arrival gives pleasure: a welcome visitor.
agreeable, as something arriving, occurring, or experienced: a welcome rest.
given full right by the cordial consent of others: She is welcome to try it.
without obligation for the courtesy, favor, or service received (used as a conventional response to expressions of thanks): You're quite welcome; I'm glad you like the gift.He thanked me, and I told him he was welcome.
Idioms about welcome
wear out one's welcome, to make one's visits so frequent or of such long duration that they become offensive: Your cousins have long since worn out their welcome.
But the phrase “You're welcome" has always existed alongside a host of other possible responses to a thank-you, ranging from a casual “Sure” or “Any time” to more elaborate expressions like “You're quite welcome” or “My pleasure; I'm happy to help.” There is even a reciprocal thank-you: Thank you for coming to my party. Thank you for inviting me. Toward the end of the 20th century, especially among younger people and in very informal situations, it became popular to respond with a breezy “No problem”— a phrase that, though well received in some situations, can come across as flippant and dismissive of the other person's expression of gratitude. Many different forms of expression can be appropriate for acknowledging thanks for a favor or service in different circumstances; but among the varied expressions, the one that is always gracious remains the classic “You're welcome.”
- wel·come·ness, noun
- wel·com·er, noun
- pre·wel·come, noun, verb (used with object), pre·wel·comed, pre·wel·com·ing.
- un·wel·come, adjective
- un·wel·comed, adjective
- un·wel·com·ing, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use welcome in a sentence
“Brands are definitely welcomed and we want them to engage in the community,” she said.Deep Dive: How the Summer of 2020 forced brand marketing to change for the better | jim cooper | September 14, 2020 | Digiday
Old Navy says all employees are welcome to apply to serve as poll workers in their communities, but pay coverage is available only for in-store, hourly employees, not employees on the corporate side of the company.Old Navy will pay employees to work at voting polls on Election Day | Rachel King | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
So, the person that’s going to enter my life and be able to handle all of that is going to be a really strong person, but I look forward to welcoming whoever that person may be.Full Transcript: Tomi Lahren on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ | Daniel Malloy | August 31, 2020 | Ozy
While Kennedy in an interview was mostly eager to discuss her California district, she’s also paying attention to what her technology background would bring to Washington—and why it would matter for Congress to welcome its first female tech founder.Brynne Kennedy could be the first female tech founder to serve in Congress | ehinchliffe | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
Its mission is to create a social, safe, and welcoming community where people can have fun being themselves while also taking part in fun sports.Cleveland – The Rock and Roll Capital of the World | LGBTQ-Editor | August 21, 2020 | No Straight News
We have thousands of users who identify themselves as transgendered and they are welcome members of the Grindr community.
This Congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.
Cocaine busts, tax cheats, and bribe-taking, born-again Christians: welcome to the political scandals of 2014.
Wherever he travels, Václav Klaus can be assured a welcome reception from likeminded free marketers.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute | James Kirchick | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In any case, I welcome the conversation as part of the review of the upcoming slate that we're doing tomorrow.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel | William Boot | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At six o'clock I felt once more the welcome motion of a Railroad car, and at eight was in Venice.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
The good lady of the house came out to welcome me, and the garon was ready at the step.
Tressan advanced to meet him, a smile of cordial welcome on his lips, and they bowed to each other in formal greeting.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Her face wore a look of distress, almost of alarm; she kept her place, but her eyes gave Bernard a mute welcome.Confidence | Henry James
Your father and mother gave you no warmer welcome than the parents of this little Korean baby gave to him.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
British Dictionary definitions for welcome
gladly and cordially received or admitted: a welcome guest
bringing pleasure or gratitude: a welcome gift
freely permitted or invited: you are welcome to call
under no obligation (only in such phrases as you're welcome or he's welcome, as conventional responses to thanks)
an expression of cordial greeting, esp to a person whose arrival is desired or pleasing
the act of greeting or receiving a person or thing; reception: the new theory had a cool welcome
wear out one's welcome to come more often or stay longer than is acceptable or pleasing
to greet the arrival of (visitors, guests, etc) cordially or gladly
to receive or accept, esp gladly
- welcomely, adverb
- welcomeness, noun
- welcomer, noun
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 welcome
see warm welcome; wear out one's welcome; you're welcome.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.