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When you do something well, you do it in a good or satisfactory way. You can say, "I did really well on my French test," or "Finally, I slept well last night."

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An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.

Noun
a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine

Noun
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

Noun
an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)

Noun
a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid

Noun
an abundant source; "she was a well of information"

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Verb
come up; "Tears well in her eyes"

Adjective
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"

Adverb
(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-ar

Adverb
without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"

Adverb
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"

Adverb
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 cu

Adverb
favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book"

Adverb
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"

Adverb
in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"

Adverb
in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"

Adverb
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"

Adverb
with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well"

Adverb
with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"

Adverb
with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well"

Adverb
(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"


v. i.
An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.

v. i.
A pit or hole sunk into the earth to such a depth as to reach a supply of water, generally of a cylindrical form, and often walled with stone or bricks to prevent the earth from caving in.

v. i.
A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.

v. i.
Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring.

v. i.
An inclosure in the middle of a vessel's hold, around the pumps, from the bottom to the lower deck, to preserve the pumps from damage and facilitate their inspection.

v. i.
A compartment in the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in water for the preservation of fish alive while they are transported to market.

v. i.
A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water.

v. i.
A depressed space in the after part of the deck; -- often called the cockpit.

v. i.
A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.

v. i.
An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.

v. i.
The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.

v. i.
To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.

v. t.
To pour forth, as from a well.

v. t.
In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly.

v. t.
Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly.

v. t.
Fully or about; -- used with numbers.

v. t.
In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.

v. t.
Considerably; not a little; far.

a.
Good in condition or circumstances; desirable, either in a natural or moral sense; fortunate; convenient; advantageous; happy; as, it is well for the country that the crops did not fail; it is well that the mistake was discovered.

a.
Being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly well.

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Being in favor; favored; fortunate.

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Safe; as, a chip warranted well at a certain day and place.


Well

Well , n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. . See Well, v. i.] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.
Begin, then, sisters of the sacred well.
2. A pit or hole sunk into the earth to such a depth as to reach a supply of water, generally of a cylindrical form, and often walled with stone or bricks to prevent the earth from caving in.
The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.
3. A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine. 4. Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring. "This well of mercy." Chaucer.
Dan Chaucer, well of English undefiled.
A well of serious thought and pure.
5. (Naut.) (a) An inclosure in the middle of a vessel's hold, around the pumps, from the bottom to the lower deck, to preserve the pumps from damage and facilitate their inspection. (b) A compartment in the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in water for the preservation of fish alive while they are transported to market. (c) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water. (d) A depressed space in the after part of the deck; -- often called the cockpit. 6. (Mil.) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries. 7. (Arch.) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole. 8. (Metal.) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls. Artesian well, Driven well. See under Artesian, and Driven. -- Pump well. (Naut.) See Well, 5 (a), above. -- Well boring, the art or process of boring an artesian well. -- Well drain. (a) A drain or vent for water, somewhat like a well or pit, serving to discharge the water of wet land. (b) A drain conducting to a well or pit. -- Well room. (a) A room where a well or spring is situated; especially, one built over a mineral spring. (b) (Naut.) A depression in the bottom of a boat, into which water may run, and whence it is thrown out with a scoop. -- Well sinker, one who sinks or digs wells. -- Well sinking, the art or process of sinking or digging wells. -- Well staircase (Arch.), a staircase having a wellhole (see Wellhole (b)), as distinguished from one which occupies the whole of the space left for it in the floor. -- Well sweep. Same as Sweep, n., 12. -- Well water, the water that flows into a well from subterraneous springs; the water drawn from a well.

Well

Well , v. i. [imp. & p. p. Welled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Welling.] [OE. wellen, AS. wyllan, wellan, fr. weallan; akin to OFries. walla, OS. & OHG. wallan, G. wallen, Icel. vella, G. welle, wave, OHG. wella, walm, AS. wylm; cf. L. volvere to roll, Gr. to inwrap, to roll. Cf. Voluble, Wallop to boil, Wallow, Weld of metal.] To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring. "[Blood] welled from out the wound." Dryden. "[Yon spring] wells softly forth." Bryant.
From his two springs in Gojam's sunny realm, Pure welling out, he through the lucid lake Of fair Dambea rolls his infant streams.

Well

Well, v. t. To pour forth, as from a well. Spenser.

Well

Well, adv. [Compar. and superl. wanting, the deficiency being supplied by better and best, from another root.] [OE. wel, AS. wel; akin to OS., OFries., & D. wel, G. wohl, OHG. wola, wela, Icel. & Dan. vel, Sw. v'84l, Goth. wa'a1la; originally meaning, according to one's will or wish. See Will, v. t., and cf. Wealth.] 1. In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly.
If thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.
2. Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly.
Lot . . . beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere.
WE are wellable to overcome it.
She looketh well to the ways of her household.
Servant of God, well done! well hast thou fought The better fight.
3. Fully or about; -- used with numbers. [Obs.] "Well a ten or twelve." Chaucer.
Well nine and twenty in a company.
4. In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently. "It boded well to you." Dryden.
Know In measure what the mind may well contain.
All the world speaks well of you.
5. Considerably; not a little; far.
Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age.
&hand; Well is sometimes used elliptically for it is well, as an expression of satisfaction with what has been said or done, and sometimes it expresses concession, or is merely expletive; as, well, the work is done; well, let us go; well, well, be it so. &hand; Well, like above, ill, and so, is used before many participial adjectives in its usual adverbial senses, and subject to the same custom with regard to the use of the hyphen (see the Note under Ill, adv.); as, a well-affected supporter; he was well affected toward the project; a well-trained speaker; he was well trained in speaking; well-educated, or well educated; well-dressed, or well dressed; well-appearing; well-behaved; well-controlled; well-designed; well-directed; well-formed; well-meant; well-minded; well-ordered; well-performed; well-pleased; well-pleasing; well-seasoned; well-steered; well-tasted; well-told, etc. Such compound epithets usually have an obvious meaning, and since they may be formed at will, only a few of this class are given in the Vocabulary. As well. See under As. -- As well as, and also; together with; not less than; one as much as the other; as, a sickness long, as well as severe; London is the largest city in England, as well as the capital. -- Well enough, well or good in a moderate degree; so as to give satisfaction, or so as to require no alteration. -- Well off, in good condition; especially, in good condition as to property or any advantages; thriving; prosperous. -- Well to do, well off; prosperous; -- used also adjectively. "The class well to do in the world." J. H. Newman. -- Well to live, in easy circumstances; well off; well to do. Shak.

Well

Well, a. 1. Good in condition or circumstances; desirable, either in a natural or moral sense; fortunate; convenient; advantageous; happy; as, it is well for the country that the crops did not fail; it is well that the mistake was discovered.
It was well with us in Egypt.
2. Being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly well. "Your friends are well." Shak.
Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake?
3. Being in favor; favored; fortunate.
He followed the fortunes of that family, and was well with Henry the Fourth.
4. (Marine Insurance) Safe; as, a chip warranted well at a certain day and place. Burrill.

An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.

To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.

To pour forth, as from a well.

In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly.

Good in condition or circumstances; desirable, either in a natural or moral sense; fortunate; convenient; advantageous; happy; as, it is well for the country that the crops did not fail; it is well that the mistake was discovered.

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Usage Examples

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.

'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

A house is no home unless it contain food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

Misspelled Form

well, qwell, 2well, 3well, ewell, awell, swell, qell, 2ell, 3ell, eell, aell, sell, wqell, w2ell, w3ell, weell, waell, wsell, wwell, w3ell, w4ell, wrell, wsell, wdell, wwll, w3ll, w4ll, wrll, wsll, wdll, wewll, we3ll, we4ll, werll, wesll, wedll, wekll, weoll, wepll, we:ll, wekl, weol, wepl, we:l, welkl, welol, welpl, wel:l, welkl, welol, welpl, wel:l, welk, welo, welp, wel:, wellk, wello, wellp, well:.

Other Usage Examples

A comedian's body is funny as well as his mind being funny, his whole personage is funny.

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.

A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.

A farce, or slapstick humor, does well universally.

A lot of times, women don't get the male perspective in regards to a relationship, what men go through when they're not really dealing well.

A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel, as well as on the region and the international community.

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.

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