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From good (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
better
adj comparative
best
adj superlative
From well (advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."):
Some senses of the adverb "well" are invariable.
better
adv comparative
best
adv superlative

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best /bɛst/USA pronunciation   adj., 
    superlative form of good.
  1. of the highest quality;
    the most excellent:Only the best students apply to our school.
  2. most suitable or appropriate;
    of most benefit or of greatest advantage:Is this the best way to handle the problem?[it + be + ~ + clause]I thought it would be best if we discussed this first.[it + be + ~ + to + verb]It would be best not to wake her up.

adv., superlative form of well.
  1. most excellently or suitably;
    most well: They gave her an opera role that best suits her voice.
  2. in or to the highest degree;
    most:She is the best-known actress of our time.

n. [countable]
  1. someone or something that is best:[the + ~]Even the best of us makes mistakes.
  2. a person's finest clothing:[one's + ~]Promise me you'll wear your best to the wedding next week.
  3. a person's highest degree of ability, effort, or health:[one's + ~]We're all trying ways to do our best.
  4. salutations:[one's + ~]Give them my best. (= Convey to them my good wishes).

v. [+ object]
  1. to get the better of;
    beat:That team bested us in the finals.
Idioms
  1. Idioms (all) for the best, producing good as the final result:It turned out to be all for the best when I didn't get that job.
  2. Idioms as best one can, in the best way possible:As best I can tell, we're the first ones here.
  3. Idioms at best, even under the most favorable circumstances possible:The job won't be finished for a month at best.
  4. Idioms get or have the best of, [+ object]
    • to gain the advantage over.
    • to defeat;
      subdue: The pain gotthe best of him.
  5. Idioms had best, [+ root form of a verb] ought to: You had best phone your mother.
  6. Idioms make the best of, [+ object] to cope with;
    accept:We're only going to be living here for a year; let's make the best of it.

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best  (best),USA pronunciation  adj., [superl. of]good [with]better [as compar.]
  1. of the highest quality, excellence, or standing:the best work; the best students.
  2. most advantageous, suitable, or desirable:the best way.
  3. largest;
    most:the best part of a day.

adv., [superl. of]well [with]better [as compar.]
  1. most excellently or suitably;
    with most advantage or success:an opera role that best suits her voice.
  2. in or to the highest degree;
    most fully (usually used in combination):best-suited;best-known;best-loved.
  3. Idiomsas best one can, in the best way possible under the circumstances:We tried to smooth over the disagreement as best we could.
  4. Idiomshad best, would be wisest or most reasonable to;
    ought to:You had best phone your mother to tell her where you are going.

n. 
  1. something or someone that is best:They always demand and get the best. The best of us can make mistakes.
  2. a person's finest clothing:It's important that you wear your best.
  3. a person's most agreeable or desirable emotional state (often prec. by at).
  4. a person's highest degree of competence, inspiration, etc. (often prec. by at).
  5. the highest quality to be found in a given activity or category of things (often prec. by at):cabinetmaking at its best.
  6. the best effort that a person, group, or thing can make:Their best fell far short of excellence.
  7. a person's best wishes or kindest regards:Please give my best to your father.
  8. Idiomsall for the best, for the good as the final result;
    to an ultimate advantage:At the time it was hard to realize how it could be all for the best.Also,  for the best. 
  9. Idiomsat best, under the most favorable circumstances:You may expect to be treated civilly, at best.
  10. Idiomsget or  have the best of: 
    • to gain the advantage over.
    • to defeat;
      subdue:His arthritis gets the best of him from time to time.
  11. Idiomsmake the best of, to cope with in the best way possible:to make the best of a bad situation.
  12. Idiomswith the best, on a par with the most capable:He can play bridge with the best.

v.t. 
  1. to get the better of;
    defeat;
    beat:He easily bested his opponent in hand-to-hand combat. She bested me in the argument.
  • bef. 900; Middle English beste, Old English betst, best; cognate with Dutch best, Old High German bezzist (German best), Old Norse bezt, Gothic batists. See better1, -est

Best  (best),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalCharles Herbert, 1899–1978, Canadian physiologist, born in the U.S.: one of the discoverers of insulin.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    best /bɛst/ adj
    1. the superlative of good
    2. most excellent of a particular group, category, etc
    3. most suitable, advantageous, desirable, attractive, etc
    4. the best part ofmost of
    adv
    1. the superlative of well1
    2. in a manner surpassing all others; most excellently, advantageously, attractively, etc
    n
    1. the bestthe most outstanding or excellent person, thing, or group in a category
    2. the most effective effort of which a person or group is capable
    3. a winning majority
    4. Also: all the best best wishes
    5. a person's smartest outfit of clothing
    6. at bestin the most favourable interpretation
    7. under the most favourable conditions
    8. for the bestfor an ultimately good outcome
    9. with good intentions
    10. get the best of, have the best ofto surpass, defeat, or outwit; better
    11. give someone the bestto concede someone's superiority
    12. make the best ofto cope as well as possible in the unfavourable circumstances of (often in the phrases make the best of a bad job, make the best of it)
    vb
    1. (transitive) to gain the advantage over or defeat
    Etymology: Old English betst; related to Gothic batista, Old High German bezzist
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    bet•ter1 /ˈbɛtɚ/USA pronunciation   adj. comparative form of good.
    1. of higher or superior quality or excellence: We got a better view of the city from the top of the Empire State Building.
    2. morally superior:Those politicians are no better than thieves.
    3. of superior suitability;
      preferable:There could not be a better time for action.[it + be + ~ + verb-ing]It's better having short lines with more bank tellers.[it + be + ~ + to + verb]It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.[it + be + ~ + that clause]It's better that we stop meeting like this.
    4. larger;
      greater:This homework assignment will take the better part of a day to finish.
    5. improved in health;
      healthier than before:Well, are you feeling any better today?

    adv., [comparative form of well.]
    1. in a more appropriate manner:Behave better when your grandparents come over.
    2. to a greater degree;
      more completely: She knows the way better than I do.

    v. 
    1. to (cause to) improve: [+ object]She worked hard to better the lot of the needy.[no object]Economic conditions have not bettered.
    2. [+ object] to improve upon: We have bettered last year's production.

    n. [countable]
    1. [usually singular] something that is preferable: the better of two choices.
    2. Usually, betters. [plural] those superior to oneself:Stop thinking of them as your betters.
    Idioms
    1. Idioms better off, [be + ~]
      • in better circumstances:Are we better off than we were four years ago?
      • [be + ~] more fortunate;
        happier:You are better off without him.
    2. Idioms for the better, in a way that is an improvement: His health changed for the better.
    3. Idioms get or have the better of, [+ object]
      • to have or get an advantage over:They have the better of me in the opening part of the race.
      • to prevail against;
        win over:Her curiosity got the better of her.
    4. Idioms go (someone) one better, to exceed someone else's efforts;
      surpass:She did her rival one better by coming to the meeting better prepared.
    5. Idioms had better, [+ root form of a verb] ought to:We had better renegotiate this contract.
    6. Idiomsthink better of, [+ object]
      • to reconsider or think (something) over again:I was tempted to make a wisecrack, but thought better of it and kept quiet.
      • to form a higher opinion of:I'm sure she thinks better of you now that she knows how kind you are.


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    good /gʊd/USA pronunciation   adj.,  bet•ter/ˈbɛtɚ/USA pronunciation  best/bɛst/USA pronunciation   n., interj., adv. 
    adj. 
    1. morally excellent;
      virtuous:a wise and good man.
    2. satisfactory or excellent in quality, quantity, or degree:She was a good teacher.
    3. right;
      proper;
      fitting:[It + be + ~ + (that) clause]It is good that you are here.
    4. well-behaved;
      easy to supervise:What a good baby!
    5. kind or friendly:to do a good deed.
    6. honorable or worthy:the company's good name.
    7. educated and refined:comes from a good background.
    8. financially sound or safe:His credit is good.
    9. genuine;
      valid:My driver's license is good for another month.
    10. sensible;
      sound:to use good judgment.
    11. healthful;
      beneficial:Fresh fruit is good for you.
    12. in excellent condition;
      healthy:stays in good shape with exercise.
    13. not spoiled;
      that can be eaten or enjoyed:This food is still good.
    14. favorable:good news.
    15. cheerful;
      amiable:[before a noun]in good spirits.
    16. agreeable;
      enjoyable:[before a noun]Have a good time.
    17. attractive:has a good figure.
    18. sufficient;
      enough:[before a noun]a good supply.
    19. advantageous;
      satisfactory for the purpose:Yesterday was a good day for fishing.
    20. skillful;
      clever:He's good at arithmetic.
    21. skillfully done:a really good job.
    22. Linguisticsconforming to rules of grammar, usage, etc.;
      correct:He writes very good English.
    23. socially proper:good manners.
    24. comparatively new or of relatively fine quality or condition:She wore her good clothes.
    25. full;
      complete;
      thorough:[before a noun]a good day's journey from here.
    26. fairly large:a good amount.
    27. free from precipitation or cloudiness:good weather.
    28. fertile;
      rich:good soil.
    29. loyal;
      dependable;
      reliable:a good friend.
    30. Sport(of a return, service, or shot in tennis, handball, etc.) landing within the limits of a court or section of a court.
    31. [before a noun] favorably regarded (used with names):the good shipSyrena.

    n. 
    1. profit or advantage;
      worth;
      benefit:[used with negative words, or in questions;  uncountable]What good will that do?
    2. excellence or merit;
      kindness:[uncountable]to do good.
    3. morally right, correct, or proper behavior;
      goodness;
      virtue:[uncountable]to be a power for good.
    4. Businessgoods, [plural]
      • possessions, esp. movable effects or personal property.
      • articles of trade:linen goods.
      • Informal Termswhat has been promised or is expected:to deliver the goods.
      • Informal Termsevidence of guilt, as stolen articles:were caught with the goods.

    interj. 
    1. This word is used to express approval or satisfaction:Good! Now we can all go home.

    adv. 
    1. Informal Termswell:You did good; you should be proud.
    Idioms
    1. a good deal of, [+ uncountable noun] quite a lot:a good deal of money.See deal.
    2. Idiomscome to no good, to end in failure or as a failure:She'll come to no good if she hangs around with that bad crowd.
    3. Idiomsfor good, finally and permanently;
      forever:We left that country for good.
    4. Idiomsgood and, This phrase is used to mean "very'' and comes before an adjective or adverb to express intensity:The coffee is good and hot.
    5. Idiomsgood for, [be + ~]
      • certain to repay (money owed):I'm sure she's good for that debt.
      • the equivalent in value of:This pass is good for two free seats.
      • serviceable or useful for (a specified length of time or distance):This warranty is only good for ninety days.
    6. make good, to repay (money owed);
      to compensate for, as a loss;
      to fulfill, as a promise:made good on the debt.
    7. Idiomsno good, without value or merit:Face it, that car is no good.


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    well1 /wɛl/USA pronunciation   adv., adj., comparative bet•ter, [superlative] best, interj. 
    adv. 
    1. in a good or satisfactory manner:Our plans are going well.
    2. thoroughly or carefully:Shake the bottle well before using.
    3. in a proper manner:That child behaves well in school.
    4. excellently:a difficult task that was well handled.
    5. with justice or reason:I couldn't very well refuse.
    6. with favor or approval:My family thinks well of her.
    7. comfortably or prosperously:to live well.
    8. to a considerable degree:These grades are well below average.
    9. in a close way;
      intimately:I've known them well.
    10. without doubt;
      certainly:I cry easily, as you well know.
    11. with good nature;
      without anger:He took the joke well.

    adj. 
    1. in good health:not a well man; He's not well.
    2. satisfactory or good:[be + ~]All is well.
    3. proper, fitting, or prudent:[ be + ~ + that clause ]It is well that you didn't go.

    interj. 
    1. (used to express surprise, a mild scolding, or the like:)Well! I didn't know you felt so strongly about it.
    2. This word is used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.:Well, it's time to go home.
    Idioms
    1. Idiomsas well, in addition;
      also:She wanted to produce the play and to direct it as well.
    2. Idiomsas well as, equally as:He's smart as well as charming.
    3. Idiomsleave well enough alone, to avoid changing something that is satisfactory the way it is.

    well•ness, n. [uncountable]

    well2 /wɛl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
    1. Mininga hole drilled into the earth to obtain a natural deposit, as water or petroleum:an oil well.
    2. Geographya natural source of water, as a spring.
    3. a source:a well of compassion.
    4. Buildingan enclosed space, as for air, stairs, or an elevator, extending up and down through the floors of a building.

    v. [no object]
    1. to rise, spring, or gush, as from a well:Tears welled up in my eyes.

    we'll /wil; unstressed wɪl/USA pronunciation  
  • contraction. a shortened form ofwe shallorwe will.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    bet•ter1  (betər),USA pronunciation adj., [compar. of] good [with]best [as superl.]
    1. of superior quality or excellence:a better coat; a better speech.
    2. morally superior;
      more virtuous:They are no better than thieves.
    3. of superior suitability, advisability, desirability, acceptableness, etc.;
      preferable:a better time for action.
    4. larger;
      greater:the better part of a lifetime.
    5. improved in health;
      healthier than before.
    6. completely recovered in health.
    7. Idiomsno better than one should be, [Disparaging.]morally inferior;
      immoral or amoral.

    adv., [compar. of]well [with]best [as superl.]
    1. in a more appropriate or acceptable way or manner:to behave better.
    2. to a greater degree;
      more completely or thoroughly:He knows the way better than we do. I probably know him better than anyone else.
    3. more:I walked better than a mile to town.
    4. Idiomsbetter off: 
      • in better circumstances.
      • more fortunate;
        happier:Because of his asthma, he would be better off in a different climate.
    5. Idiomsgo (someone) one better, to exceed the effort of;
      be superior to:The neighbors went us one better by buying two new cars.
    6. Idiomshad better, would be wiser or more well-advised to;
      ought to:We had better stay indoors today.
    7. Idiomsthink better of: 
      • to reconsider and decide more favorably or wisely regarding:I was tempted to make a sarcastic retort, but thought better of it.
      • to form a higher opinion of.

    v.t. 
    1. to increase the good qualities of;
      make better;
      improve:to better the lot of the suburban commuter.
    2. to improve upon;
      surpass;
      exceed:We have bettered last year's production record.
    3. Games[Cards.]to raise (a previous bid).
    4. Idiomsbetter oneself, to improve one's social standing, financial position, or education:He is going to night school because he wants to better himself.

    n. 
    1. that which has greater excellence or is preferable or wiser:the better of two choices.
    2. Usually,  betters. those superior to one in wisdom, wealth, etc.
    3. Idiomsfor the better, in a way that is an improvement:His health changed for the better.
    4. Idiomsget or  have the better of: 
      • to get an advantage over.
      • to prevail against.
    • bef. 900; Middle English bettre, Old English bet(t)(e)ra; cognate with Old High German bezziro (German besser), Dutch beter, Old Norse betr, Gothic batiza, equivalent. to bat- (cognate with Old High German baz (adverb, adverbial) better; akin to boot2) + -iza comparative suffix; suggested relation to Sanskrit bhadrá- "fortunate'' is doubtful. See best
      15. amend;
      advance, promote;
      reform, correct, rectify. See  improve. 

    bet•ter2  (betər),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. bettor.
    • bet + -er1

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    good  (gŏŏd),USA pronunciation adj.,  bet•ter, best, n., interj., adv. 
    adj. 
    1. morally excellent;
      virtuous;
      righteous;
      pious:a good man.
    2. satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree:a good teacher; good health.
    3. of high quality;
      excellent.
    4. right;
      proper;
      fit:It is good that you are here. His credentials are good.
    5. well-behaved:a good child.
    6. kind, beneficent, or friendly:to do a good deed.
    7. honorable or worthy;
      in good standing:a good name.
    8. educated and refined:She has a good background.
    9. financially sound or safe:His credit is good.
    10. genuine;
      not counterfeit:a good quarter.
    11. sound or valid:good judgment; good reasons.
    12. reliable;
      dependable;
      responsible:good advice.
    13. healthful;
      beneficial:Fresh fruit is good for you.
    14. in excellent condition;
      healthy:good teeth.
    15. not spoiled or tainted;
      edible;
      palatable:The meat was still good after three months in the freezer.
    16. favorable;
      propitious:good news.
    17. cheerful;
      optimistic;
      amiable:in good spirits.
    18. free of distress or pain;
      comfortable:to feel good after surgery.
    19. agreeable;
      pleasant:Have a good time.
    20. attractive;
      handsome:She has a good figure.
    21. (of the complexion) smooth;
      free from blemish.
    22. close or intimate;
      warm:She's a good friend of mine.
    23. sufficient or ample:a good supply.
    24. advantageous;
      satisfactory for the purpose:a good day for fishing.
    25. competent or skillful;
      clever:a good manager; good at arithmetic.
    26. skillfully or expertly done:a really good job; a good play.
    27. conforming to rules of grammar, usage, etc.;
      correct:good English.
    28. socially proper:good manners.
    29. remaining available to one:Don't throw good money after bad.
    30. comparatively new or of relatively fine quality:Don't play in the mud in your good clothes.
    31. best or most dressy:He wore his good suit to the office today.
    32. full:a good day's journey away.
    33. fairly large or great:a good amount.
    34. free from precipitation or cloudiness:good weather.
    35. Medicine(of a patient's condition) having stable and normal vital signs, being conscious and comfortable, and having excellent appetite, mobility, etc.
    36. fertile;
      rich:good soil.
    37. loyal:a good Democrat.
    38. (of a return or service in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) landing within the limits of a court or section of a court.
    39. Sport[Horse Racing.](of the surface of a track) drying after a rain so as to be still slightly sticky:This horse runs best on a good track.
    40. Food(of meat, esp. beef ) noting or pertaining to the specific grade below "choice,'' containing more lean muscle and less edible fat than "prime'' or "choice.''
    41. favorably regarded (used as an epithet for a ship, town, etc.):the good shipSyrena.
    42. Idiomsas good as. See  as 1 (def. 18).
    43. Idiomsgood for: 
      • certain to repay (money owed) because of integrity, financial stability, etc.
      • the equivalent in value of:Two thousand stamps are good for one coffeepot.
      • able to survive or continue functioning for (the length of time or the distance indicated):These tires are good for another 10,000 miles.
      • valid or in effect for (the length of time indicated):a license good for one year.
      • (used as an expression of approval):Good for you!
    44. Nauticalgood full, (of a sail or sails) well filled, esp. when sailing close to the wind;
      clean full;
      rap full.
    45. Idiomsmake good: 
      • to make recompense for;
        repay.
      • to implement an agreement;
        fulfill.
      • to be successful.
      • to substantiate;
        verify.
      • to carry out;
        accomplish;
        execute:The convicts made good their getaway.
    46. Idiomsno good, without value or merit;
      worthless;
      contemptible:The check was no good.

    n. 
    1. profit or advantage;
      worth;
      benefit:What good will that do? We shall work for the common good.
    2. excellence or merit;
      kindness:to do good.
    3. moral righteousness;
      virtue:to be a power for good.
    4. Food(esp. in the grading of U.S. beef ) an official grade below that of "choice.''
    5. Businessgoods: 
      • possessions, esp. movable effects or personal property.
      • articles of trade;
        wares;
        merchandise:canned goods.
      • Informal Termswhat has been promised or is expected:to deliver the goods.
      • Informal Termsthe genuine article.
      • Informal Termsevidence of guilt, as stolen articles:to catch someone with the goods.
      • cloth or textile material:top-quality linen goods.
      • British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]merchandise sent by land, rather than by water or air.
    6. Idiomscome to no good, to end in failure or as a failure:Her jealous relatives said that she would come to no good.
    7. Idiomsfor good, finally and permanently;
      forever:to leave the country for good.Also,  for good and all. 
    8. the good: 
      • the ideal of goodness or morality.
      • good things or persons collectively.
    9. Idiomsto the good: 
      • generally advantageous:That's all to the good, but what do I get out of it?
      • richer in profit or gain:When he withdrew from the partnership, he was several thousand dollars to the good.

    interj. 
    1. (used as an expression of approval or satisfaction):Good! Now we can all go home.

    adv. 
    1. Informal Termswell.
    2. Informal Terms, Idiomsgood and, very;
      completely;
      exceedingly:This soup is good and hot.
    • bef. 900; Middle English (adjective, adjectival, adverb, adverbial, and noun, nominal); Old English gōd (adjective, adjectival); cognate with Dutch goed, German gut, Old Norse gōthr, Gothic goths
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pure, moral, conscientious, meritorious, worthy, exemplary, upright.
      • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged commendable, admirable.
      • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged obedient, heedful.
      • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged kindly, benevolent, humane, gracious, obliging.
      • 23.See corresponding entry in Unabridged full, adequate.
      • 24.See corresponding entry in Unabridged profitable, useful, serviceable, beneficial.
      • 25.See corresponding entry in Unabridged efficient, proficient, capable, able, ready, suited, suitable, dexterous, expert, adroit, apt.
      • 51.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  property. 
      Good is common as an adverb in informal speech, especially after forms of do: He did good on the test. She sees good with her new glasses. This use does not occur in formal speech or edited writing, where the adverb well is used instead:He did well on the test. She sees well with her new glasses.The adjective good is standard after linking verbs like taste, smell, look, feel, be, and seem: Everything tastes good. The biscuits smell good. You're looking good today. When used after look or feel, good may refer to spirits as well as health:I'm feeling pretty good this morning, ready to take on the world.Well is both an adjective and an adverb. As an adjective used after look, feel, or other linking verbs, it often refers to good health:You're looking well; we missed you while you were in the hospital.See also  bad. 

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    well1  (wel),USA pronunciation  adv., adj., [compar.] bet•ter, [superl.] best, interj., n. 
    adv. 
    1. in a good or satisfactory manner:Business is going well.
    2. thoroughly, carefully, or soundly:to shake well before using; listen well.
    3. in a moral or proper manner:to behave well.
    4. commendably, meritoriously, or excellently:a difficult task well done.
    5. with propriety, justice, or reason:I could not well refuse.
    6. adequately or sufficiently:Think well before you act.
    7. to a considerable extent or degree:a sum well over the amount agreed upon.
    8. with great or intimate knowledge:to know a person well.
    9. certainly;
      without doubt:I anger easily, as you well know.
    10. with good nature;
      without rancor:He took the joke well.
    11. as well: 
      • in addition;
        also;
        too:She insisted ondirecting the play and on producing it as well.
      • equally:The town grew as well because of its location as because of its superb climate.
    12. as well as, as much or as truly as;
      equally as:Joan is witty as well as intelligent.

    adj. 
    1. in good health;
      sound in body and mind:Are you well? He is not a well man.
    2. satisfactory, pleasing, or good:All is well with us.
    3. proper, fitting, or gratifying:It is well that you didn't go.
    4. in a satisfactory position;
      well-off:I am very well as I am.
    5. leave well enough alone, avoid changing something that is satisfactory.

    interj. 
    1. (used to express surprise, reproof, etc.):Well! There's no need to shout.
    2. (used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.):Well, who would have thought he could do it?

    n. 
    1. well-being;
      good fortune;
      success:to wish well to someone.
    • bef. 900; Middle English, Old English wel(l) (adjective, adjectival and adverb, adverbial); cognate with Dutch wel, German wohl, Old Norse vel, Gothic waila
      • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged properly, correctly.
      • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged skillfully, adeptly, accurately, efficiently.
      • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suitably.
      • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fully, amply.
      • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rather, quite.
      • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged healthy, hale, hearty.
      • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fine.
      • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suitable, befitting, appropriate.
      • 16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fortunate, happy.
      • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged poorly, badly.
      • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ill, sick.
      See  good. 

    well2  (wel),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. Mininga hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine, or sulfur.
    2. Geographya spring or natural source of water.
    3. an apparent reservoir or a source of human feelings, emotions, energy, etc.:He was a well of gentleness and courtesy.
    4. a container, receptacle, or reservoir for a liquid:the well of ink in a fountain pen.
    5. Buildingany sunken or deep, enclosed space, as a shaft for air or light, stairs, or an elevator, extending vertically through the floors of a building.
    6. [Naut.]
      • Nauticala part of a weather deck between two superstructures, extending from one side of a vessel to the other.
      • Nauticala compartment or enclosure around a ship's pumps to make them easily accessible and protect them from being damaged by the cargo.
    7. a hollow compartment, recessed area, or depression for holding a specific item or items, as fish in the bottom of a boat or the retracted wheels of an airplane in flight.
    8. Miningany shaft dug or bored into the earth, as for storage space or a mine.

    v.i. 
    1. to rise, spring, or gush, as water, from the earth or some other source (often fol. by up, out, or forth):Tears welled up in my eyes.

    v.t. 
    1. to send welling up or forth:a fountain welling its pure water.

    adj. 
    1. like, of, resembling, from, or used in connection with a well.
    • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English well(e), Old English wylle, wella, welle; cognate with German Welle wave; (verb, verbal) Middle English wellen, Old English wellan (cognate with Dutch wellen, Old Norse vella); both noun, nominal and verb, verbal ultimately akin to weallan to boil
      • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged store, fund, mine, fount.

    we'll  (wēl; unstressed wil),USA pronunciation 
  • contraction of we will.
    • See  contraction. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    Best /bɛst/ n
    1. Charles Herbert. 1899–1978, Canadian physiologist: associated with Banting and Macleod in their discovery of insulin in 1922
    2. George. 1946–2005, Northern Ireland footballer
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    good /ɡʊd/ adj (better, best)
    1. having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities; not negative, bad or mediocre: a good idea, a good teacher
    2. morally excellent or admirable; virtuous; righteous: a good man
    3. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the good
    4. suitable or efficient for a purpose: a good secretary, a good winter coat
    5. beneficial or advantageous: vegetables are good for you
    6. not ruined or decayed; sound or whole: the meat is still good
    7. kindly, generous, or approving: you are good to him
    8. valid or genuine: I would not do this without good reason
    9. honourable or held in high esteem: a good family
    10. commercially or financially secure, sound, or safe: good securities, a good investment
    11. (of a draft) drawn for a stated sum
    12. (of debts) expected to be fully paid
    13. clever, competent, or talented: he's good at science
    14. obedient or well-behaved: a good dog
    15. reliable, safe, or recommended: a good make of clothes
    16. affording material pleasure or indulgence: the good things in life, the good life
    17. having a well-proportioned, beautiful, or generally fine appearance: a good figure, a good complexion
    18. complete; full: I took a good look round the house
    19. propitious; opportune: a good time to ask the manager for a rise
    20. satisfying or gratifying: a good rest
    21. comfortable: did you have a good night?
    22. newest or of the best quality: to keep the good plates for important guests
    23. fairly large, extensive, or long: a good distance away
    24. sufficient; ample: we have a good supply of food
    25. a good onean unbelievable assertion
    26. a very funny joke
    27. as good asvirtually; practically: it's as good as finished
    28. good andinformal (intensifier): good and mad
    29. (intensifier; used in mild oaths): good grief!, good heavens!
    interj
    1. an exclamation of approval, agreement, pleasure, etc
    n
    1. moral or material advantage or use; benefit or profit: for the good of our workers, what is the good of worrying?
    2. positive moral qualities; goodness; virtue; righteousness; piety
    3. (sometimes capital) moral qualities seen as a single abstract entity: we must pursue the Good
    4. a good thing
    5. a commodity or service that satisfies a human need
    6. for good, for good and allforever; permanently: I have left them for good
    7. make goodto recompense or repair damage or injury
    8. to be successful
    9. to demonstrate or prove the truth of (a statement or accusation)
    10. to secure and retain (a position)
    11. to effect or fulfil (something intended or promised)

    See also goodsEtymology: Old English gōd; related to Old Norse gōthr, Old High German guot good

    ˈgoodish adj
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    well /wɛl/ adv (better, best)
    1. (often used in combination) in a satisfactory manner: the party went very well
    2. (often used in combination) in a good, skilful, or pleasing manner: she plays the violin well
    3. in a correct or careful manner: listen well to my words
    4. in a comfortable or prosperous manner: to live well
    5. (usually used with auxiliaries) suitably; fittingly: you can't very well say that
    6. intimately: I knew him well
    7. in a kind or favourable manner: she speaks well of you
    8. to a great or considerable extent; fully: to be well informed
    9. by a considerable margin: let me know well in advance
    10. preceded by could, might, or may: indeed: you may well have to do it yourself
    11. informal (intensifier): well safe
    12. all very wellused ironically to express discontent, dissent, etc
    13. as wellin addition; too
    14. preceded by may or might: with equal effect: you might as well come
    15. just as wellpreferable or advisable: it would be just as well if you paid me now
    16. as well asin addition to
    17. just leave well alone, just leave well enough aloneto refrain from interfering with something that is satisfactory
    18. well and goodused to indicate calm acceptance, as of a decision
    19. well up inwell acquainted with (a particular subject); knowledgeable about
    adj (usually postpositive)
    1. (when prenominal, usually used with a negative) in good health: I'm very well, thank you, he's not a well man
    2. satisfactory, agreeable, or pleasing
    3. prudent; advisable: it would be well to make no comment
    4. prosperous or comfortable
    5. fortunate or happy: it is well that you agreed to go
    interj
    1. an expression of surprise, indignation, or reproof
    2. an expression of anticipation in waiting for an answer or remark
    sentence connector
    1. an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc: well, I don't think I will come
    Etymology: Old English wel; related to Old High German wala, wola (German wohl), Old Norse val, Gothic waila
    well /wɛl/ n
    1. a hole or shaft that is excavated, drilled, bored, or cut into the earth so as to tap a supply of water, oil, gas, etc
    2. a natural pool where ground water comes to the surface
    3. a cavity, space, or vessel used to contain a liquid
    4. (in combination): an inkwell
    5. an open shaft through the floors of a building, such as one used for a staircase
    6. a deep enclosed space in a building or between buildings that is open to the sky to permit light and air to enter
    7. a bulkheaded compartment built around a ship's pumps for protection and ease of access
    8. (in England) the open space in the centre of a law court
    9. a source, esp one that provides a continuous supply: he is a well of knowledge
    vb
    1. to flow or cause to flow upwards or outwards: tears welled from her eyes
    Etymology: Old English wella; related to Old High German wella (German Welle wave), Old Norse vella boiling heat
    'best' also found in these entries:
    Collocations: bested him at [chess, soccer], the best in the [class, school], the best [husband, wife, girl, boy] (in the world), more...

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