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Meaning & Definition of Well in English





1. A deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine

  • well

2. A cavity or vessel used to contain liquid

  • well

3. An abundant source

  • "She was a well of information"
  • well,
  • wellspring,
  • fountainhead

4. An open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)

  • well

5. An enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps

  • well


1. Come up, as of a liquid

  • "Tears well in her eyes"
  • "The currents well up"
  • well,
  • swell


1. In good health especially after having suffered illness or injury

  • "Appears to be entirely well"
  • "The wound is nearly well"
  • "A well man"
  • "I think i'm well
  • At least i feel well"
  • well

2. Resulting favorably

  • "It's a good thing that i wasn't there"
  • "It is good that you stayed"
  • "It is well that no one saw you"
  • "All's well that ends well"
  • good,
  • well(p)

3. Wise or advantageous and hence advisable

  • "It would be well to start early"
  • well(p)


1. (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well')

  • "The children behaved well"
  • "A task well done"
  • "The party went well"
  • "He slept well"
  • "A well-argued thesis"
  • "A well-seasoned dish"
  • "A well-planned party"
  • "The baby can walk pretty good"
  • well,
  • good

2. Thoroughly or completely

  • Fully
  • Often used as a combining form
  • "The problem is well understood"
  • "She was well informed"
  • "Shake well before using"
  • "In order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"
  • "Well-done beef", "well-satisfied customers"
  • "Well-educated"
  • well

3. Indicating high probability

  • In all likelihood
  • "I might well do it"
  • "A mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"
  • "You may well need your umbrella"
  • "He could equally well be trying to deceive us"
  • well,
  • easily

4. (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully

  • "A book well worth reading"
  • "Was well aware of the difficulties ahead"
  • "Suspected only too well what might be going on"
  • well

5. To a suitable or appropriate extent or degree

  • "The project was well underway"
  • "The fetus has well developed organs"
  • "His father was well pleased with his grades"
  • well

6. Favorably

  • With approval
  • "Their neighbors spoke well of them"
  • "He thought well of the book"
  • well

7. To a great extent or degree

  • "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"
  • "Painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"
  • "The house has fallen considerably in value"
  • "The price went up substantially"
  • well,
  • considerably,
  • substantially

8. With great or especially intimate knowledge

  • "We knew them well"
  • well,
  • intimately

9. With prudence or propriety

  • "You would do well to say nothing more"
  • "Could not well refuse"
  • well

10. With skill or in a pleasing manner

  • "She dances well"
  • "He writes well"
  • well

11. In a manner affording benefit or advantage

  • "She married well"
  • "The children were settled advantageously in seattle"
  • well,
  • advantageously

12. In financial comfort

  • "They live well"
  • "She has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"
  • well,
  • comfortably

13. Without unusual distress or resentment

  • With good humor
  • "Took the joke well"
  • "Took the tragic news well"
  • well

Examples of using

If you know Spanish well, you'll have no problems with looking for a job. But some with finding one.
This well never runs dry.
You are hiding it from Eric as well, so that he won't get to know anything.