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welcome

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verb wel·come \ˈwel-kəm\

Simple Definition of welcome

  • : to greet (someone) in a warm and friendly manner

  • : to receive or accept (something) with happiness or pleasure

Full Definition of welcome

wel·comedwel·com·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality

  3. 2 :  to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of <welcomes danger>

wel·com·er noun

Examples of welcome

  1. She welcomed the students into her home.

  2. We welcome you to the show.

  3. He's a bright student who welcomes a challenge.



Origin of welcome

Middle English, from Old English welcumian, wylcumian, from wilcuma, noun


First Known Use: before 12th century


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welcome

interjection wel·come

Simple Definition of welcome

  • —used as a friendly greeting to someone who has arrived at a place

Full Definition of welcome

  1. —used to express a greeting to a guest or newcomer upon arrival

Origin of welcome

Middle English, alteration of wilcume, from Old English, from wilcuma desirable guest (akin to Old High German willicomo desirable guest); akin to Old English willa, will desire, cuman to come — more at will, come


First Known Use: 12th century


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welcome

adjective wel·come

Simple Definition of welcome

  • : giving someone happiness or pleasure

  • —used to say that you are happy to have someone come to and stay in a place (such as your home)

Full Definition of welcome

  1. 1 :  received gladly into one's presence or companionship <was always welcome in their home>

  2. 2 :  giving pleasure :  received with gladness or delight especially in response to a need <a welcome relief>

  3. 3 :  willingly permitted or admitted <he was welcome to come and go — W. M. Thackeray>

  4. 4 —used in the phrase “You're welcome” as a reply to an expression of thanks

wel·come·ly adverb
wel·come·ness noun

Examples of welcome

  1. That will be a welcome change.

  2. He was a welcome sight.



12th Century

First Known Use of welcome

12th century


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welcome

noun wel·come

Simple Definition of welcome

  • : the way in which someone is greeted

Full Definition of welcome

  1. 1 :  a greeting or reception usually upon arrival <a warm welcome>

  2. 2 :  the state of being welcome <overstayed their welcome>

Examples of welcome

  1. He was given a hero's welcome when he returned home after winning the race.

  2. <offered a warm welcome to the stranger>



1525

First Known Use of welcome

1525




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