well is the dictionary form of better Definition of well
1. [ adverb ] (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard
Synonyms: good

"the children behaved well" "a task well done" "the party went well" "he slept well" "a well-argued thesis" "a well-planned party"

Related terms: ill combining_form
2. [ interjection ] interjection, usually acknowledging a question, explicit or implicit, preceding the response
Synonyms: bah
3. [ adverb ] thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form

"The problem is well understood" "she was well informed" "shake well before using" "be sure the meat is well cooked" "well-done beef", "well-satisfied customers" "well-educated"

4. [ adverb ] indicating high probability; in all likelihood
Synonyms: easily

"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"

5. [ noun ] a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
Related terms: excavation oil_well gas_well driven_well sump artesian_well
6. [ 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"

Related terms: intensifier
7. [ 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"

Related terms: ill all_right asymptomatic cured good healthy fit
8. [ adverb ] favorably; with approval

"their neighbors spoke well of them" "he thought well of the book"

Related terms: ill
9. [ 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"

10. [ adjective ] resulting favorably
Synonyms: good

"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"

Related terms: fortunate
11. [ verb ] come up, as of liquids
Synonyms: swell

: "Tears well in her eyes"

Related terms: surface
12. [ adjective ] wise or advantageous and hence advisable

"it would be well to start early"

Related terms: advisable
13. [ adverb ] to a great extent or degree
Synonyms: considerably substantially

"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"

Related terms: considerable significant considerable significant
14. [ adverb ] with great or especially intimate knowledge
Synonyms: intimately

"we knew them well

Related terms: bosom intimate
15. [ noun ] a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
Related terms: vessel inkwell
16. [ adverb ] in a manner affording benefit or advantage
Synonyms: advantageously

"she married well" "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"

Related terms: badly badly advantageous advantageous
17. [ adverb ] with skill or in a pleasing manner

"she dances well" "he writes well"

Related terms: badly
18. [ adverb ] in financial comfort
Synonyms: comfortably

"They live well" "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"

Related terms: comfortable comfortable
19. [ adverb ] with prudence or propriety

"You would do well to say nothing more" "could not well refuse"

20. [ interjection ] interjection, to express acknowledgement and mild disapproval
Synonyms: oh I_never by_Jove have_you_ever oops
21. [ adverb ] without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor

"took the joke well" "took the tragic news well"

Related terms: badly
22. [ noun ] (writing) an abundant source
Synonyms: fountainhead wellspring

"she was a well of information"

Related terms: source
23. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 13882
24. [ interjection ] interjection, to resume
Synonyms: well_then now
25. [ noun ] (architecture) an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
Related terms: shaft stairwell
26. [ 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
Related terms: compartment pump_well bilge_well
Similar spelling:   beater