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welcome

wel·come

welcome

 
 
pronunciation:
wel km
parts of speech:
interjection, noun, transitive verb, adjective
part of speech: interjection
definition: used to express warm or hospitable greetings to one recently arrived.
Welcome! We're so glad you could come.
similar words:
aloha, hail, hello, hi, howdy
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a warm or hospitable greeting or reception.
We gave her a warm welcome.
antonyms:
spurn
similar words:
aloha, embrace, glad hand, greeting, handshake, hospitality, reception, salutation, salute
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: welcomed, welcomes, welcoming
definition 1: to respond to the arrival of with pleasure and hospitality.
We welcomed them into our home.
synonyms:
greet, receive
similar words:
admit, entertain, hail, include, meet
definition 2: to be glad to receive or accept.
Our organization welcomes donations.
synonyms:
appreciate, embrace, invite
antonyms:
ostracize, shrink, spurn
similar words:
accept, applaud, encourage, hail, receive, urge
definition 3: to meet or receive in a particular way.
The demonstrators welcomed the ambassador with banners of protest.
synonyms:
greet, receive
similar words:
hail, meet, salute
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: warmly or hospitably received.
Her brother and sister were always welcome visitors.
antonyms:
unwelcome
similar words:
accepted, comfortable, wanted
definition 2: appreciated; gratifying.
The rains brought welcome relief from the drought.
synonyms:
appreciated, gratifying
antonyms:
unwelcome
similar words:
agreeable, delightful, grateful, needed, pleasing, refreshing, satisfying
definition 3: invited; freely permitted.
You are welcome to share this food.
synonyms:
invited, permitted
similar words:
allowed, free
definition 4: under no obligation for the favor or courtesy granted (used to acknowledge an expression of thanks).
You're welcome. I'm glad I could help.
derivations: welcoming (adj.), welcomely (adv.), welcomeness (n.), welcomer (n.)