OTHER WORDS FOR well
Idioms about 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
Words nearby well
Other definitions 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.
Origin of well2
Other definitions for well (3 of 3)
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How to use well in a sentence
The best comparison here for an American audience is, well, Internet stuff.
Then add in all bored people, as well as people whose job it is to report on celebrities.Sia and Shia LaBeouf’s Pedophilia Nontroversy Over ‘Elastic Heart’|Marlow Stern|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The well, ghost or no ghost, is certainly a piece of history with a bold presence.
In front of this strange structure are two blank-faced, well-dressed models showing off the latest in European minimalism.
It is the obligation of citizens and journalists as well as governments.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Wurzel was quite right; they had been supplied, regardless of cost, from Messrs. Rochet and Stole's well-known establishment.
The big room at King's Warren Parsonage was already fairly well filled.
The country is well inhabited, for it contains fifty-one cities, near a hundred walled towns, and a great number of villages.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Before he could finish the sentence the Hole-keeper said snappishly, "Well, drop out again—quick!"Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Old Mrs. Wurzel and the buxom but not too well-favoured heiress of the house of Grains were at the head of the table.
British Dictionary definitions for well (1 of 3)
- 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
- 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
Other 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