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1. Received with pleasure and hospitality into one's company or home: a welcome guest.
2. Giving pleasure or satisfaction; agreeable or gratifying: a welcome respite from hard work.
3. Cordially or willingly permitted or invited: You are welcome to join us.
4. Used in the expression you're welcome to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
1. A cordial greeting or hospitable reception given to an arriving person.
2. A reception upon arrival: gave the stranger an unfriendly welcome.
3. The state of being welcome: Don't overstay your welcome.
tr.v. wel·comed, wel·com·ing, wel·comes
1. To greet, receive, or entertain (another or others) cordially or hospitably.
2. To receive or accept gladly: would welcome a little privacy.
Used to greet cordially a visitor or recent arrival.
wear out (one's) welcome
To visit so often or stay so long as to become a nuisance.

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by wel, well) of Old English wilcuma, welcome guest, welcome; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]

wel′come·ly adv.
wel′come·ness n.
wel′com·er n.
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1. gladly and cordially received or admitted: a welcome guest.
2. bringing pleasure or gratitude: a welcome gift.
3. freely permitted or invited: you are welcome to call.
4. under no obligation (only in such phrases as you're welcome or he's welcome, as conventional responses to thanks)
sentence substitute
an expression of cordial greeting, esp to a person whose arrival is desired or pleasing
5. the act of greeting or receiving a person or thing; reception: the new theory had a cool welcome.
6. wear out one's welcome to come more often or stay longer than is acceptable or pleasing
vb (tr)
7. to greet the arrival of (visitors, guests, etc) cordially or gladly
8. to receive or accept, esp gladly
[C12: changed (through influence of well1) from Old English wilcuma (agent noun referring to a welcome guest), wilcume (a greeting of welcome), from wil will2 + cuman to come]
ˈwelcomely adv
ˈwelcomeness n
ˈwelcomer n
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(ˈwɛl kəm)

interj., n., v. -comed, -com•ing,
adj. interj.
1. (a word of kindly greeting, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure): Welcome, stranger!
2. a kindly greeting or reception: to give someone a warm welcome.
3. to greet the arrival of (a person, guests, etc.) with pleasure or kindly courtesy.
4. to receive or accept with pleasure: to welcome a change.
5. to meet, accept, or receive (an action, challenge, person, etc.) in a specified, esp. unfriendly, manner: They welcomed him with hisses and catcalls.
6. gladly received: a welcome visitor.
7. agreeable: a welcome rest.
8. given permission or consent: She is welcome to try it.
9. without obligation for the courtesy or favor received (used as a conventional response to expressions of thanks): You're quite welcome.
wear out one's welcome, to make one's presence undesirable, as by visiting too often or by misbehaving.
[before 900; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse velkominn=vel well1 + kominn come (past participle)]
wel′come•ly, adv.
wel′come•ness, n.
wel′com•er, n.
usage: “You're welcome,” the customary polite response to “thank you,” has been falling out of favor in recent years. More common replies are now an emphatic “Thank you,” or an outright denial of the favor such as “It's nothing,” or in especially informal use, “No problem.” The decline of “You're welcome” is apparently the result of a courteous desire on the part of the thanked person to minimize the importance of the favor done.
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Welcome can be a verb, a noun, or an adjective. It can also be a greeting.

1. used as a verb

If you welcome someone, you greet them in a friendly way when they arrive at the place where you are.

He went to the door to welcome his visitor.
2. used as a noun

If you want to describe the way in which someone is welcomed to a place, you can use welcome as a noun. For example, you can say that someone is given a warm welcome.

He was given a warm welcome by the President himself.
We always get a friendly welcome from the hotel staff.
3. 'you're welcome'

You can say 'you're welcome' as a response when someone thanks you.

'Thanks for the coffee.' – 'You're welcome.'

You can say that someone is welcome to do something or is welcome to something, meaning that you are happy for them to do it or have it if they want.

She is welcome to stay with us while she finds a place to live.
We don't have a bath, only a shower, but you're welcome to it.

In different contexts, and with different intonation, you can say that someone is welcome to something to mean that they can have it because you do not want it and are happy to get rid of it.

If he wants my job, he's welcome to it!
4. used as a greeting

When someone arrives at the place where you are, you can greet them by saying 'Welcome' to them.

Welcome to Beijing.
Welcome home, Marta.
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Past participle: welcomed
Gerund: welcoming

I welcome
you welcome
he/she/it welcomes
we welcome
you welcome
they welcome
I welcomed
you welcomed
he/she/it welcomed
we welcomed
you welcomed
they welcomed
Present Continuous
I am welcoming
you are welcoming
he/she/it is welcoming
we are welcoming
you are welcoming
they are welcoming
Present Perfect
I have welcomed
you have welcomed
he/she/it has welcomed
we have welcomed
you have welcomed
they have welcomed
Past Continuous
I was welcoming
you were welcoming
he/she/it was welcoming
we were welcoming
you were welcoming
they were welcoming
Past Perfect
I had welcomed
you had welcomed
he/she/it had welcomed
we had welcomed
you had welcomed
they had welcomed
I will welcome
you will welcome
he/she/it will welcome
we will welcome
you will welcome
they will welcome
Future Perfect
I will have welcomed
you will have welcomed
he/she/it will have welcomed
we will have welcomed
you will have welcomed
they will have welcomed
Future Continuous
I will be welcoming
you will be welcoming
he/she/it will be welcoming
we will be welcoming
you will be welcoming
they will be welcoming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been welcoming
you have been welcoming
he/she/it has been welcoming
we have been welcoming
you have been welcoming
they have been welcoming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been welcoming
you will have been welcoming
he/she/it will have been welcoming
we will have been welcoming
you will have been welcoming
they will have been welcoming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been welcoming
you had been welcoming
he/she/it had been welcoming
we had been welcoming
you had been welcoming
they had been welcoming
I would welcome
you would welcome
he/she/it would welcome
we would welcome
you would welcome
they would welcome
Past Conditional
I would have welcomed
you would have welcomed
he/she/it would have welcomed
we would have welcomed
you would have welcomed
they would have welcomed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.welcome - the state of being welcomewelcome - the state of being welcome; "don't outstay your welcome"
acceptance - the state of being acceptable and accepted; "torn jeans received no acceptance at the country club"
2.welcome - a greeting or receptionwelcome - a greeting or reception; "the proposal got a warm welcome"
greeting, salutation - (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
cordial reception, hospitality - kindness in welcoming guests or strangers
inhospitality - unkind and inconsiderate welcome; "he was taken aback by such inhospitality"
glad hand - a warm welcome; may be insincere
Verb1.welcome - accept gladly; "I welcome your proposals"
accept, take, have - receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"
2.welcome - bid welcome towelcome - bid welcome to; greet upon arrival  
greet, recognise, recognize - express greetings upon meeting someone
say farewell - say good-bye or bid farewell
3.welcome - receive someone, as into one's housewelcome - receive someone, as into one's house
receive, take in, invite - express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees"
Adj.1.welcome - giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted; "a welcome relief"; "a welcome guest"; "made the children feel welcome"; "you are welcome to join us"
wanted - desired or wished for or sought; "couldn't keep her eyes off the wanted toy"; "a wanted criminal"; "a wanted poster"
unwelcome - not welcome; not giving pleasure or received with pleasure; "unwelcome publicity"; "unwelcome interruptions"; "unwelcome visitors"
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1. greet, meet, receive, embrace, hail, usher in, say hello to, roll out the red carpet for, offer hospitality to, receive with open arms, bid welcome Several people came out to welcome me.
greet refuse, reject, slight, exclude, turn away, snub, spurn, rebuff
2. accept gladly, appreciate, embrace, approve of, be pleased by, give the thumbs up to (informal), be glad about, express pleasure or satisfaction at They welcomed the move but felt it did not go far enough.
1. greeting, welcoming, entertainment, reception, acceptance, hail, hospitality, salutation There was a wonderful welcome waiting for him when he arrived.
greeting slight, rejection, exclusion, snub, rebuff, cold shoulder, ostracism
2. wanted, at home, invited I was really made to feel welcome.
wanted rejected, excluded, unwanted, unwelcome, rebuffed
3. free, invited Non-residents are welcome to use our facilities.
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An expression, in words or gestures, marking a meeting of persons:
1. To address in a friendly and respectful way:
2. To receive (something given or offered) willingly and gladly:
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إسْتِقبال، كَرَمأهلا وسَهْلا!تَرْحِيبمُرَحَّب بِه، مُحْتَفى بِهيُرَحِّبُ بِ
byde velkommenvelkomstvelkommenblive glad for
tervetulluttoivottaa tervetulleeksivastaanotto
fogadfogadtatásIsten hozottIsten hoztaIsten hozta!
bjóîa velkominn, taka vel á mótimóttökurvelkominn
galėti laisvaimielai sutiktinėra už kąsveiki atvykę!
apsveiktEsiet sveicināti!gaidītslabprāt satiktLaipni lūdzu!
dobrodošlicalepo koga sprejetisprejetidobrodošel
karşılamakarşılamakmemnuniyet vericibuyur etmekbuyurmak
sự đón tiếptiếp đón


A. VT (= receive gladly) [+ person] → dar la bienvenida a; [+ news] → alegrarse de
he welcomed me inme dio la bienvenida al entrar
her marriage was not welcomed by the familysu matrimonio no fue bien recibido en la familia
we'd welcome your suggestionsnos alegraría recibir sus sugerencias
to welcome sb with open armsrecibir a algn con los brazos abiertos
B. Nbienvenida f, recibimiento m
to give sb a warm/frosty welcomedar a algn una calurosa/fría bienvenida, dar a algn un caluroso/frío recibimiento
let's give a warm welcome to Ed Lilly!¡demos una calurosa bienvenida a Ed Lilly!
to bid sb welcome (frm) → dar la bienvenida a algn
see also outstay, overstay
1. [person, guest, visitor] → bienvenido, bien recibido
everyone is welcometodo el mundo es bienvenido or bien recibido
he's not welcome here any moreaquí ya no es bienvenido
you're welcome (esp US) (in reply to thanks) → de nada, no hay de qué
you're welcome to it! (iro) → ¡te lo puedes quedar!
I didn't feel very welcomeno me sentí muy bien recibido
to make sb welcomehacer que algn se sienta acogido
you're welcome to visit any timepuedes venir cuando quieras
you're welcome to trypuedes probar si quieres
you're welcome to use my carpuedes usar mi coche con toda libertad, el coche está a tu disposición
to roll or put out the welcome mat for sbdar un recibimiento de reyes a algn
2. (= acceptable) [decision] → bienvenido
the recent changes are very welcomelos recientes cambios son muy bienvenidos
a cup of tea is always welcomeuna taza de té siempre se agradece
to be welcome newsser una noticia grata
shelters provide welcome relief from the sun and flieslos refugios proporcionan un grato alivio del sol y de las moscas
the bags of flour were a welcome sight to the refugeeslos refugiados recibieron con alegría las bolsas de harina
D. EXCL welcome!¡bienvenido!
welcome back!¡bienvenido!
welcome home!¡bienvenido a casa!
welcome to Scotland!¡bienvenido a Escocia!
welcome back VT + ADV to welcome sb backdar una buena acogida a algn cuando regresa
see also welcome D
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[person, guest] → bienvenu(e)
to be welcome → être le bienvenu(la)(e)
to make sb welcome → faire bon accueil à qn
to make sb feel welcome → faire se sentir qn le bienvenu(la)(e)
[break, diversion] → bienvenu(e); [change, contrast, development, addition] → bienvenu(e)
to make a welcome change from sth → changer agréablement de qch
It makes a welcome change from work → Cela change agréablement du travail.
to be welcome to do sth (in polite offers)être cordialement invité(e) à faire qch
New members are always welcome to join
BUT Les nouveaux membres sont toujours les bienvenus.
you're welcome to try (= do if you like) → vous pouvez essayer si vous voulez
you're welcome! (after thanks)de rien, il n'y a pas de quoi
naccueil m
to give sb a warm welcome → réserver un accueil chaleureux à qn
They gave her a warm welcome → Ils lui ont réservé un accueil chaleureux., Ils l'ont accueillie chaleureusement.
to outstay one's welcome → s'imposer
(= receive) → accueillir (= bid welcome) → souhaiter la bienvenue à
to welcome sb home → accueillir qn à son retour
She was there to welcome him home from war → Elle était là pour l'accueillir à son retour de la guerre.
(= be glad of) [+ news, decision, action] → se réjouir de
This legislation is particularly welcomed
BUT Cette législation est particulièrement bienvenue.
welcome! → bienvenue!
welcome to France! → bienvenue en France!
welcome back! → bon retour parmi nous!
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nWillkommen nt; to give somebody a hearty or warm welcomejdm einen herzlichen Empfang bereiten; to receive a cold/warm welcomekühl/herzlich empfangen werden, einen kühlen/herzlichen Empfang bekommen; to bid somebody welcome (form)jdm ein Willkommen entbieten (geh); what sort of a welcome will this product get from the public?wie wird das Produkt von der Öffentlichkeit aufgenommen werden?
(= received with pleasure, pleasing)willkommen; visitorgern gesehen attr, → willkommen; newsangenehm, willkommen; the money is very welcome just nowdas Geld kommt gerade jetzt sehr gelegen; to make somebody welcomejdn sehr freundlich aufnehmen or empfangen; to make somebody feel welcomejdm das Gefühl geben, ein willkommener or gern gesehener Gast zu sein; you will always be welcome hereSie sind uns (dat)jederzeit willkommen; I didn’t feel very welcome thereich habe mich dort nicht sehr wohlgefühlt; a welcome addition to …eine willkommene Bereicherung (gen)
you’re welcome!nichts zu danken!, keine Ursache!, bitte sehr!, aber gerne!; (iro)von mir aus gerne!, wenns Ihnen Spaß macht!; you’re welcome to use my roomSie können gerne mein Zimmer benutzen; you’re welcome to try (iro)Sie können es gerne versuchen; you’re welcome to it/her! (iro)von mir aus herzlich gerne, das/die kannst du gerne haben!
vt (lit, fig)begrüßen, willkommen heißen (geh); to welcome somebody to one’s housejdn bei sich zu Hause or in seinem Haus begrüßen or willkommen heißen (geh); they welcomed him home with a big partysie veranstalteten zu seiner Heimkehr ein großes Fest
interj welcome home/to Scotland/on board!herzlich willkommen!, willkommen daheim/in Schottland/an Bord!; welcome back!willkommen zurück!
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1. adj (gen) → gradito/a
welcome! → benvenuto/a!
welcome to Britain! → benvenuti in Gran Bretagna!
to be welcome (person) → essere il/la benvenuto/a
welcome back! → bentornato/a!
you will always be welcome here → qui sarai sempre il benvenuto
to make sb welcome → accogliere bene qn
you're welcome (after thanks) → prego
you're welcome to try → prova pure
you're welcome to (borrow) it → prendilo pure
it's a welcome change → è un piacevole cambiamento
2. naccoglienza, benvenuto
a cold/warm welcome → un'accoglienza fredda/calorosa
to bid sb welcome → dare il benvenuto a qn
the crowd gave him an enthusiastic welcome → la folla lo accolse con entusiasmo
what sort of a welcome will this product get? → che accoglienza avrà questo prodotto?
3. vtaccogliere, ricevere (also bid welcome) → dare il benvenuto a (fig) (change, suggestion, development) → rallegrarsi di; (criticism) → accettare di buon grado
I'd welcome your help → gradirei il tuo aiuto
we welcome this step → siamo lieti di questa iniziativa
he didn't welcome the suggestion → non ha gradito il suggerimento
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(ˈwelkəm) adjective
received with gladness and happiness. She will make you welcome; He is a welcome visitor at our house; The extra money was very welcome; The holiday made a welcome change.
reception; hospitality. We were given a warm welcome.
to receive or greet with pleasure and gladness. We were welcomed by our hosts; She will welcome the chance to see you again.
used to express gladness at someone's arrival. Welcome to Britain!
ˈwelcoming adjective
a welcoming smile.
be welcome to
to be gladly given permission to (have, do or accept something). You're welcome to stay as long as you wish.
you're welcome!
(especially American) that's quite all right, no thanks are necessary. `Thanks !' `You're welcome!'
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تَرْحِيب, يُرَحِّبُ بِ přivítání, vítat byde velkommen, velkomst begrüßen, Willkommen καλωσορίζω, καλωσόρισμα dar la bienvenida, recibimiento toivottaa tervetulleeksi, vastaanotto accueillir, bienvenue dobrodošlica, dočekati accoglienza, accogliere 歓迎, 歓迎する 환영, 환영하다 verwelkomen, welkomst ønske velkommen, velkomst powitać, powitanie boas-vindas, dar as boas-vindas приветствие, приветствовать välkomna, välkomnande การต้อนรับ, ต้อนรับ karşılama, karşılamak sự đón tiếp, tiếp đón 欢迎
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n. bienvenida;
v. dar la bienvenida, recibir con agrado;
You are ___De nada; para servirle; no hay de que;
a ___ surpriseuna sorpresa agradable;
a. bienvenido-a; agradable; deseado-a.
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References in classic literature ?
The inhabitants of the village answered his salute by a low murmur of welcome, and encouraged him to advance by similar indications of friendship.
"The wise Huron is welcome," said the Delaware, in the language of the Maquas; "he is come to eat his 'succotash'*, with his brothers of the lakes."
Now that she was engaged, the Emersons would scarcely insult her and were welcome into the neighbourhood.
Miss Lavish has been bicycling in your parts, but was not sure whether a call would be welcome. Puncturing her tire near Summer Street, and it being mended while she sat very woebegone in that pretty churchyard, she saw to her astonishment, a door open opposite and the younger Emerson man come out.
The young ladies had announced their intention of sitting in the fly until they were allowed speech with their late host; to which he had replied that they were welcome to sit there until doomsday so long as they remained outside his gates.
"Well, you and your wife and your little chit of a daughter are welcome to him so far as we are concerned, aren't they, Flossie?"
Darcy it was welcome intelligence-- Elizabeth had been at Netherfield long enough.
Soon she was the joy of the whole forest, dancing from tree to tree, making every nest her home, and none were ever so welcome as little Bud; and so they lived right merrily in the green old forest.
All was bright and beautiful; but kind little Bud would not linger, for the forms of the weeping Fairies were before her; and though the blossoms nodded gayly on their stems to welcome her, and the soft winds kissed her cheek, she would not stay, but on to the Flower Palace she went, into a pleasant hall whose walls were formed of crimson roses, amid whose leaves sat little Elves, making sweet music on their harps.
Many servants dressed in handsome uniforms stood ready to welcome the new arrivals, and when the Wizard got out of the buggy a pretty girl in a green gown cried out in surprise:
"In that case you are very welcome!" cried all the servants, and it pleased the Wizard to note the respect with which the royal retainers bowed before him.
What would be your surprise, my son, when you expected a happy and glad welcome, to behold, on the contrary, tears and wretchedness?