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" [ant: ill]
2: resulting favorably; "its 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" [syn: good, well(p)]
3: wise or advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be well to start early" [syn: well(p)]
1: a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
2: a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
3: an abundant source; "she was a well of information" [syn: wellspring, fountainhead]
4: an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
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
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-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good" [syn: good] [ant: ill]
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"
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" [syn: 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"
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"
6: favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book" [ant: ill]
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" [syn: considerably, substantially]
8: with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well" [syn: intimately]
9: with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"
10: with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well" [ant: badly]
11: in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle" [syn: advantageously] [ant: badly, badly]
12: in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died" [syn: comfortably]
13: without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well" [ant: badly]
v : come up; "Tears well in her eyes" [syn: swell] [also: better, best] best
See well best
1: (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities; "the best film of the year"; "the best solution"; "the best time for planting"; "wore his best suit" [ant: worst]
2: (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be better to speak to him"; "the White House thought it best not to respond" [syn: better(p), best(p)]
1: the supreme effort one can make; "they did their best" [ant: worst]
2: the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others; "he could beat the best of them" [syn: topper]
3: Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978) [syn: C. H. Best, Charles Herbert Best]
1: in a most excellent way or manner; "he played best after a couple of martinis"
2: it would be sensible; "you'd best stay at home"
3: from a position of superiority or authority; "father knows best"; "I know better." [syn: better]
v : get the better of; "the goal was to best the competition" [syn: outdo, outflank, trump, scoop] best
See good good
1: having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office" [ant: bad]
2: having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here" [syn: full]
3: morally admirable [ant: evil]
4: deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name" [syn: estimable, honorable, respectable]
5: promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her" [syn: beneficial]
6: superior to the average; "in fine spirits"; "a fine student"; "made good grades"; "morale was good"; "had good weather for the parade" [syn: fine]
7: agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good manners"
8: of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"; "the life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous"- Frederick Douglass [syn: just, upright, virtuous]
9: having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching" [syn: adept, expert, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful]
10: thorough; "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning"
11: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" [syn: dear, near]
12: having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others; "his benevolent smile"; "a benevolent nature" [syn: benevolent] [ant: malevolent]
13: financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment" [syn: dependable, safe, secure]
14: most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes" [syn: right, ripe]
15: resulting favorably; "its 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" [syn: well(p)]
16: exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)" [syn: effective, in effect(p), in force(p)]
17: feeling healthy and free of aches and pains; "I feel good" [syn: good(p)]
18: capable of pleasing; "good looks"
19: appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book" [syn: serious]
20: in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body" [syn: sound]
21: tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air" [syn: beneficial, salutary]
22: not forged; "a good dollar bill"
23: not left to spoil; "the meat is still good" [syn: unspoiled, unspoilt]
24: generally admired; "good taste"
1: benefit; "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying?"
2: moral excellence or admirableness; "there is much good to be found in people" [syn: goodness] [ant: evil, evil]
3: that which is good or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization" [syn: goodness] [ant: bad, bad]
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-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good" [syn: well] [ant: ill]
2: in a complete and thorough manner (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly'); "he was soundly defeated"; "we beat him good" [syn: thoroughly, soundly] [also: better, best]
Adjacent words: Besseya | Besseya alpina | Bessie Smith | Bessy cerca | best | best | best | best | best | Best and Greatest | best evidence rule | best friend | best man | best of all | best seller | bestial