(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
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How to use welcome in a sentence
Either way, Covax is now in business, and its multilateral, cooperative approach comes as a welcome counterpoint to the vaccine nationalism we’ve seen in other quarters.Who should get the Covid-19 vaccine first? Ethicists are fiercely debating how to vaccinate billions of people. | Sigal Samuel | November 20, 2020 | Vox
These art thefts were neither authorized by the IRA nor welcomed.‘The Woman Who Stole Vermeer’ revisits the strange tale of a British heiress who became a notorious art thief | Katharine Weber | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
As with the pork blade steak, the chicken liver, sprinkled with airy sea salt, is a welcome carry-over from Emilie’s.At Moon Rabbit, chef Kevin Tien lures fans to the Wharf | Tom Sietsema | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
That’s particularly true of discount retailers, which have been able to please customers with a “treasure-hunting” experience along with lower prices that are welcome in a shaky economy.
The Warriors are welcoming back Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson from injury, and they have a clear hole at center and a need for frontcourt depth.On quiet night for NBA draft lottery selections, Anthony Edwards goes No. 1 to Timberwolves | Ben Golliver, Des Bieler | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The congregation was warm, friendly, and welcoming—traits, he says, he later came to believe they used to coax members in.
However, welcoming refugees is an expensive and potentially risky proposition for European countries.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’ | Candida Moss | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That the Baltic free air and Riga's welcoming vibe could make her colleagues "too relaxed."
Amanda came home to largely welcoming American arms, her case held up as an example of hostility to Americans abroad.
The Himalayan kingdom started welcoming visitors nearly 40 years ago.
Intellectual enthusiasm alone animated her in welcoming an intellectual union with a noble mind.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
She was more like a girl welcoming her lover than a queen awaiting the arrival of a servant.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
A dozen warriors swarmed forward to greet us, welcoming me with exaggerated courtesy.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
The welcoming cry from Sssuri brought his attention back to his companion as the merman broke into a wild run.Star Born | Andre Norton
Outside, the night was soft and welcoming, unreal after the light and color, an enchanted wilderness of moonlight splendor.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
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.
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