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
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
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“Everywhere in the world they hurt little girls,” Cersei replies, tears welling in her eyes.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 5 'First of His Name' Recap: An Ode to the Women of Westeros|Andrew Romano|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her eyes start welling tears and her voice cracks, barely able to get the next few words out.Danielle Brooks, Taystee on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ Is the Breakout Star of the Year|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I found myself welling up with tears and feeling hot and my heart raced.
“There was a piercing cry, then nothing,” says Jamila, large tears welling up in her dark eyes.Afghan Women Fear Backsliding As President Karzai Negotiates With Taliban|Magsie Hamilton-Little|February 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The needs of those poor hungry souls rose before me, as I sang and prayed, and the message of love came welling up in my soul.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love|Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
Nobody noticedin the busy amenitiesthe sudden welling and ebbing of that one poor little heart-fountain.The Minister's Wooing|Harriet Beecher Stowe
Nancy felt happy tears welling into her eyes, and Della Rocca's clear-cut, down-curving profile wavered before her gaze.The Devourers|Annie Vivanti Chartres
Her little hand trembled, and her bosom heaved as though a sob were welling up for utterance.
Many shed tears, and felt, as they withdrew in respectful silence, a new sense of devotion welling up in their hearts.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
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