well 1 (wĕl)
1. A deep hole or shaft sunk into the earth to obtain water, oil, gas, or brine.
2. A container or reservoir for a liquid, such as ink.
a. A place where water issues from the earth; a spring or fountain.
b. A mineral spring.
c. wells A watering place; a spa.
4. An abundant source: a well of information.
5. An open space extending vertically through the floors of a building, as for stairs or ventilation.
a. An enclosure in a ship's hold for the pumps.
b. A compartment or recessed area in a ship, used for stowage: an anchor well.
c. A part of a ship's weather deck enclosed between two watertight bulkheads.
7. A cistern with a perforated bottom in the hold of a fishing vessel for keeping fish alive.
8. An enclosed space for receiving and holding something, such as the wheels of an airplane when retracted.
9. Chiefly British The central space in a law court, directly in front of the judge's bench, where the counsel or solicitor sits.
v. welled, well·ing, wells
1. To rise to the surface, ready to flow: Tears welled in my eyes.
2. To rise or surge from an inner source: Anger welled up in me.
well 2 (wĕl)
adv. bet·ter (bĕt′ər)
, best (bĕst)
1. In a good or proper manner: behaved well.
2. Skillfully or proficiently: dances well.
3. Satisfactorily or sufficiently: slept well.
4. Successfully or effectively: gets along well with people.
5. In a comfortable or affluent manner: lived well.
6. In a manner affording benefit or gain; advantageously: married well.
7. With reason or propriety; reasonably: can't very well say no.
8. In all likelihood; indeed: You may well need your umbrella.
9. In a prudent or sensible manner: You would do well to say nothing more.
10. In a close or familiar manner: knew them well.
11. In a favorable or approving manner: spoke well of them.
12. Thoroughly; completely: well cooked; cooked well.
13. Perfectly; clearly: I well understand your intentions.
14. To a suitable or appropriate degree: This product will answer your needs equally well.
15. To a considerable extent or degree: well over the estimate.
16. With care or attention: listened well.
17. Entirely; fully: well worth seeing.
1. In a satisfactory condition; right or proper: All is well.
Not ailing, infirm, or diseased; healthy. See Synonyms at healthy
b. Cured or healed, as a wound.
c. Of or characterized by the maintenance of good health practices. Often used in combination: a well-baby clinic; a well-child visit to the doctor.
a. Advisable; prudent: It would be well not to ask.
b. Fortunate; good: It is well that you stayed.
1. Used to introduce a remark, resume a narrative, or fill a pause during conversation.
2. Used to express surprise.
1. In addition; also: mentioned other matters as well.
2. With equal effect: I might as well go.
in well with Informal
In a position to influence or be favored by: He's in well with management.
English speakers have used well
both as an adjective and as an adverb since Old English times. When applied to people, the adjective well
usually refers to a state of health. Like similar adjectives, such as ill
and faint, well
in this use is normally restricted to the predicate, as in He hasn't been well lately. Well
does see occasional use before a noun, as in Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Dick eats like a well man, and drinks like a sick.
" It also appears in compound adjectives like well-baby
which are widely used by health-care providers. Good,
on the other hand, has a much wider range of senses, including "attractive," as in He looks good,
and "competent," as in She's pretty good for a beginner,
as well as "healthy." See Usage Note at good
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also too as well
You use also, too, or as well when you are giving more information about something.
Also is usually used in front of a verb. If there is no auxiliary verb, you put also immediately in front of the verb, unless the verb is be.
I also began to be interested in cricket.
They also helped out.
If the verb is be, you put also after it.
I was also an American.
If there is an auxiliary verb, you put also after the auxiliary verb.
The symptoms of the illness were also described in the book.
If there is more than one auxiliary verb, you put also after the first one.
We'll also be learning about healthy eating.
Also is sometimes put at the beginning of a clause.
She is very intelligent. Also, she is gorgeous.
Don't put also at the end of a clause.
You usually put too at the end of a clause.
Now the problem affects middle-class children, too.
I'll miss you, and Steve will, too.
In conversation, too is used after a word or phrase when you are making a brief comment on something that has just been said.
'His father kicked him out of the house.' 'Quite right, too.'
'They've finished mending the road.' 'About time, too!'
Too is sometimes put after the first noun phrase in a clause.
I wondered whether I too would become ill.
, Melissa, too, felt miserable.
However, the position of too can make a difference to the meaning of a sentence. 'I am an American too' can mean either 'Like the person just mentioned, I am an American' or 'Besides having the other qualities just mentioned, I am an American'. However, 'I too am an American' can only mean 'Like the person just mentioned, I am an American'.
Don't put too at the beginning of a sentence.
For more information, see too
3. 'as well'
As well always goes at the end of a clause.
Filter coffee is better for your health than instant coffee. And it tastes nicer as well.
They will have a difficult year next year as well.
You don't usually use 'also', 'too', or 'as well' in negative clauses. Don't say, for example, 'I'm not hungry and she's not hungry too'. You say 'I'm not hungry and she's not hungry either', 'I'm not hungry and neither is she', or 'I'm not hungry and nor is she'.
Edward wasn't at the ceremony, either.
'I don't normally drink coffee in the evening.' 'Neither do I.'
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