in a good, right or acceptable way
The kids all behaved well.
The conference was very well organized.
Well done! (= expressing admiration for what sb has done)
His campaign was not going well .
These animals make very good pets if treated well (= with kindness) .
People spoke well of (= spoke with approval of) him.
She took it very well (= did not react too badly) , all things considered.
They lived well (= in comfort and spending a lot of money) and were generous with their money.
She was determined to marry well (= marry sb rich and/or with a high social position) .
thoroughly and completely
Add the lemon juice and mix well.
The surface must be well prepared before you start to paint.
How well do you know Carla?
He's well able to take care of himself.
I was well annoyed, I can tell you.
to a great extent or degree
He was driving at well over the speed limit.
a well-loved tale
The castle is well worth a visit.
He liked her well enough (= to a reasonable degree) but he wasn't going to make a close friend of her.
She could well afford to pay for it herself.
You may well be right.
It may well be that the train is delayed.
with good reason
I can't very well leave now.
I couldn't very well refuse to help them, could I?
‘What are we doing here?’ ‘ You may well ask (= I don't really know either) .’
in addition to sb/sth; too
Are they coming as well?
They sell books as well as newspapers.
She is a talented musician as well as being a photographer.
to be getting healthier after an illness; to be in good health after a birth
Mother and baby are doing well.
if you are going to be punished for doing sth wrong, whether it is a big or small thing, you may as well do the big thing
to have nearly achieved sth and be going to achieve it soon
She is well on the way to recovery.
He is well on the way to establishing himself among the top ten players in the world.
to be lucky that you are not involved in sth
to know a lot about sth
He's well up in all the latest developments.
to be successful
Jack is doing very well at school.
to treat sb generously
to become successful or rich
to make a profit or get money from sb/sth
to be sensible or wise to do sth
He would do well to concentrate more on his work.
You did well to sell when the price was high.
to not get involved in sth that does not concern you
When it comes to other people's arguments, it's better to leave well alone.
to do sth because it seems best in the situation that you are in, although you may not really want to do it
If no one else wants it, we might as well give it to him.
By that time we were well and truly lost.
having made good progress
If we got Terry to do that, we'd be well away.
drunk or fast asleep
to be good friends with sb, especially sb important
She seems to be well in with all the right people.
used to emphasize an angry statement or an order
You can bloody well keep your job─I don't want it !
used to emphasize an angry statement or an order
You're fucking well coming whether you want to or not.
used to emphasize a statement when you are annoyed about sth
If you don't come now, you can jolly well walk home!
to be very aware of a fact and unable to deny or ignore it
He knew full well what she thought of it.
to have good intentions, although their effect may not be good
almost; almost completely
One dog looks pretty much like another to me.
in good health
I don't feel very well .
Is she well enough to travel?
Get well soon! (= for example, on a card)
I'm better now, thank you.
He's not a well man.
in a good state or position
It seems that all is not well at home.
All's well that ends well (= used when sth has ended happily, even though you thought it might not) .
sensible; a good idea
It would be just as well to call and say we might be late.
It would be well to start early.
used to criticize or reject a remark that sb has made, especially when they were trying to make you feel happier about sth
It's all very well for you to say it doesn't matter, but I've put a lot of work into this and I want it to be a success.
quite good but not exactly what is wanted
That's all well and good, but why didn't he call her to say so?
used to express surprise, anger or relief
Well, well ─I would never have guessed it!
Well, really! What a thing to say!
Well, thank goodness that's over!
used to show that you accept that sth cannot be changed
Well, it can't be helped.
‘We lost.’ ‘ Oh, well . Better luck next time.’
used to agree to sth, rather unwillingly
Well, I suppose I could fit you in at 3.45.
Oh, very well , then, if you insist.
used when continuing a conversation after a pause
Well, as I was saying…
used to say that sth is uncertain
‘Do you want to come?’ ‘Well, I'm not sure.’
used to show that you are waiting for sb to say sth
Well? Are you going to tell us or not?
used to mark the end of a conversation
Well, I'd better be going now.
used when you are pausing to consider your next words
I think it happened, well, towards the end of last summer.
used when you want to correct or change sth that you have just said
There were thousands of people there─well, hundreds, anyway.
used to express surprise
I agree completely
‘We must stand up for ourselves.’ ‘Well said, John.’
a deep hole in the ground from which people obtain water. The sides of wells are usually covered with brick or stone and there is usually some covering or a small wall at the top of the well .
a narrow space in a building that drops down from a high to a low level and usually contains stairs or a lift/elevator
the space in front of the judge in a court, where the lawyers sit
of a liquid
to rise to the surface of sth and start to flow
Tears were welling up in her eyes.
of an emotion
to become stronger
Hate welled up inside him as he thought of the two of them together.
These words all describe sb who is not ill and is in good health.
[not usually before noun] ( rather informal ) in good health
I'm not feeling very well.
Is he well enough to travel?
Well is used especially to talk about your own health, to ask sb about their health or to make a comment on it.
[not before noun] ( rather informal ) not feeling ill; not injured
Are you feeling all right?
[not before noun] ( informal ) not feeling ill; not injured
She says she's OK now, and will be back at work tomorrow.
all right or ok?
These words are slightly less positive than the other words in this group. They are both used in spoken English to talk about not actually being ill or injured, rather than being positively in good health. Both are rather informal but OK is slightly more informal than all right .
[not before noun] (not used in negative statements) ( rather informal ) completely well
‘How are you?’ ‘Fine, thanks.’
Fine is used especially to talk about your health, especially when sb asks you how you are. It is also used to talk about sb's health when you are talking to sb else. Unlike well it is not often used to ask sb about their health or make a comment on it.
in good health and not likely to become ill
Keep healthy by exercising regularly.
in good health and not suffering from an illness
After a few weeks she was feeling stronger.
Strong is often used to talk about becoming healthy again after an illness.
( especially BrE ) in good physical health, especially because you take regular physical exercise
I go swimming every day in order to keep fit.
Compound adjectives beginning with well are generally written with no hyphen when they are used alone after a verb, but with a hyphen when they come before a noun.
She is well dressed.
a well-dressed woman
The forms without hyphens are given in the entries in the dictionary, but forms with hyphens can be seen in some examples.
The comparative and superlative forms of these are usually formed with better and best .
the best-dressed person in the room