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'well' - used as an adjective
1. 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
2. resulting favorably
it is well that no one saw you
all's well that ends well
3. wise or advantageous and hence advisable
it would be well to start early

'well' - used as a adverb
4. (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-argued thesis
a well-seasoned dish
a well-planned party
5. 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 customers
6. indicating high probability; in all likelihood
I might well do it
you may well need your umbrella
he could equally well be trying to deceive us
7. (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
8. 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
9. favorably; with approval
their neighbors spoke well of them
he thought well of the book
10. to a great extent or degree
I'm afraid the film was well over budget
painting the room white made it seem well larger
11. with great or especially intimate knowledge
we knew them well
12. with prudence or propriety
You would do well to say nothing more
could not well refuse
13. with skill or in a pleasing manner
she dances well
he writes well
14. in a manner affording benefit or advantage
she married well
15. in financial comfort
They live well
16. without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor
took the joke well
took the tragic news well

'well' - used as a contraction
17. we shall, we shall

'well' - used as a noun
18. a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
19. a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
20. an abundant source
she was a well of information
21. an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
22. 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

'well' - used as a verb
23. come up, as of a liquid
Tears well in her eyes
the currents well up

derived forms
1. Well / Plural
2. Well / Past
3. Well / Third Person
4. Well / Present Participle
See also
  • ill
  • badly
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    A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. - Click here to find out.
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    The name "Lego" came from the Danish word LEg Godt, which means "play well."