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Definition 1: a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine - [noun denoting artifact]

(well is a kind of ...) a hole in the ground made by excavating

(... is a kind of well ) a well drilled through impermeable strata into strata that receive water from a higher altitude so there is pressure to force the water to flow upward

(... is a kind of well ) a well made by driving a tube into the earth to a stratum that bears water

(... is a kind of well ) a well that yields or has yielded natural gas

(... is a kind of well ) a well that yields or has yielded oil

(... is a kind of well ) a well or other hole in which water has collected

Definition 2: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

(well is a kind of ...) a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area

(... is a kind of well ) (nautical) a well where seepage drains to be pumped away

(... is a kind of well ) an enclosure in the middle of a ship's hold that protects the ship's pumps

Definition 3: an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway) - [noun denoting artifact]

(well is a kind of ...) a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)

(... is a kind of well ) a vertical well around which there is a stairway

Definition 4: a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid - [noun denoting artifact]

(well is a kind of ...) an object used as a container (especially for liquids)

(... is a kind of well ) a small well holding writing ink into which a pen can be dipped

Definition 5: an abundant source - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she was a well of information

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

(well is a kind of ...) a document (or organization) from which information is obtained

"the reporter had two sources for the story"

Definition 6: come up, as of a liquid - [verb of motion]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Tears well in her eyes
  • the currents well up

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

(well is a kind of ...) come to the surface

Definition 7: in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • appears to be entirely well
  • the wound is nearly well
  • a well man
  • I think I'm well; at least I feel well

(well is similar to ...) having no symptoms of illness or disease

(well is similar to ...) freed from illness or injury

"the patient appears cured" "the incision is healed" "appears to be entirely recovered" "when the recovered patient tries to remember what occurred during his delirium"

(means also ...) physically and mentally sound or healthy

"felt relaxed and fit after their holiday" "keeps fit with diet and exercise"

(means also ...) having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease

"a rosy healthy baby" "staying fit and healthy"

Definition 8: (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') - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • the baby can walk pretty good

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

(well is used in the usage domain ...) a bound form used only in compounds

"`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"

Definition 9: without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • took the joke well
  • took the tragic news well

Definition 10: indicating high probability; in all likelihood - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I might well do it
  • a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster
  • you may well need your umbrella
  • he could equally well be trying to deceive us

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

Definition 11: thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • well-educated

Definition 12: favorably; with approval - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • their neighbors spoke well of them
  • he thought well of the book

Definition 13: to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the project was well underway
  • the fetus has well developed organs
  • his father was well pleased with his grades

Definition 14: in financial comfort - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They live well
  • she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

Definition 15: in a manner affording benefit or advantage - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she married well
  • The children were settled advantageously in Seattle

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

Definition 16: to a great extent or degree - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'm afraid the film was well over budget
  • painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger
  • the house has fallen considerably in value
  • the price went up substantially

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

Definition 17: with skill or in a pleasing manner - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she dances well
  • he writes well

Definition 18: with prudence or propriety - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You would do well to say nothing more
  • could not well refuse

Definition 19: with great or especially intimate knowledge - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we knew them well

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

Definition 20: (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a book well worth reading
  • was well aware of the difficulties ahead
  • suspected only too well what might be going on

(well is used in the usage domain ...) a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies

"`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier" "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"

Definition 21: wise or advantageous and hence advisable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it would be well to start early

(well is similar to ...) worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise

"such action is neither necessary nor advisable" "extreme caution is advisable" "it is advisable to telephone first"

Definition 22: resulting favorably - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where well or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it's a good thing that I wasn't there
  • it is good that you stayed
  • it is well that no one saw you
  • all's well that ends well

Synonyms for well in the sense of this definition

(well is similar to ...) having unexpected good fortune

"other, less fortunate, children died" "a fortunate choice"

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