good

adjective
\ ˈgu̇d How to pronounce good (audio) \
better\ ˈbe-​tər How to pronounce good (audio) \; best\ ˈbest How to pronounce good (audio) \

Definition of good

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : of a favorable character or tendency good news
(2) : bountiful, fertile good land
(3) : handsome, attractive good looks
b(1) : suitable, fit good to eat
(2) : free from injury or disease one good arm
(3) : not depreciated bad money drives out good
(4) : commercially sound a good risk
(5) : that can be relied on good for another year good for a hundred dollars always good for a laugh
(6) : profitable, advantageous made a very good deal
c(1) : agreeable, pleasant had a good time
(2) : salutary, wholesome good for a cold
(3) : amusing, clever a good joke
d(1) : of a noticeably large size or quantity : considerable won by a good margin a good bit of the time
(2) : full waited a good hour
(3) used as a word that gives force or emphasis to a statement a good many of us
e(1) : well-founded, cogent good reasons
(2) : true holds good for society at large
(3) : deserving of respect : honorable in good standing
(4) : legally valid or effectual good title
f(1) : adequate, satisfactory good care often used in faint praise his serve is only good— Frank Deford
(2) : conforming to a standard good English
(3) : liking only things that are of good quality : choice, discriminating good taste
(4) : containing less fat and being less tender than higher grades used of meat and especially of beef
g sports
(1) of a serve or shot : landing in the proper area of the court in tennis and similar games The serve was good.
(2) of a shot or kick : successfully done(basketball) The first foul shot was good but she missed the second one.(American football) The kick was good from 45 yards. The kick was no good. [=was missed]
h informal : having everything desired or required : content and not wanting or needing to do anything further "Do you want anything else to drink?" "No thanks, I'm good." "I have had girlfriends say, 'Hey, you wanna go walking?' And I'm just not interested. I'm like 'Uh, no, I'm good.' But they keep inviting me!"— Laila Ali
2a(1) : virtuous, right, commendable a good person good conduct
(2) : kind, benevolent good intentions
b : upper-class a good family
c : competent, skillful a good doctor
d(1) : loyal a good party man a good Catholic
(2) : close a good friend
e : free from infirmity or sorrow I feel good
as good as
: in effect : virtually as good as dead
as good as gold
1 : of the highest worth or reliability his promise is as good as gold
2 : well-behaved the child was as good as gold
good and \ ˌgu̇d-​ᵊn How to pronounce good (audio) \
: very, entirely was good and mad

good

noun

Definition of good (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : something that is good
b(1) : something conforming to the moral order of the universe
(2) : praiseworthy character : goodness
c : a good element or portion
2a : advancement of prosperity or well-being the good of the community it's for your own good
b : something useful or beneficial it's no good trying
3a : something that has economic utility or satisfies an economic want
b goods plural : personal property having intrinsic value but usually excluding money, securities, and negotiable instruments
c goods plural : cloth
d goods plural : something manufactured or produced for sale : wares, merchandise canned goods
e goods plural, British : freight
4 : good persons used with the
5 goods plural
a : the qualities required to achieve an end
b : proof of wrongdoing didn't have the goods on him— T. G. Cooke
for good or less commonly for good and all
: forever, permanently She's gone for good.
in good with
: in a favored position with
to the good
1 : for the best : beneficial efforts to restrict credit were all to the goodTime
2 : in a position of net gain or profit wound up $10 to the good

good

adverb

Definition of good (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : well he showed me how good I was doing— Herbert Gold
2 used as an intensive a good long time

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Other Words from good

Adjective

goodish \ ˈgu̇-​dish How to pronounce good (audio) \ adjective

Good vs. Well: Usage Guide

Adjective

An old notion that it is wrong to say "I feel good" in reference to health still occasionally appears in print. The origins of this notion are obscure, but they seem to combine someone's idea that good should be reserved to describe virtue and uncertainty about whether an adverb or an adjective should follow feel. Today nearly everyone agrees that both good and well can be predicate adjectives after feel. Both are used to express good health, but good may connote good spirits in addition to good health.

Good vs. Well: Usage Guide

Adverb

Adverbial good has been under attack from the schoolroom since the 19th century. Insistence on well rather than good has resulted in a split in connotation: well is standard, neutral, and colorless, while good is emotionally charged and emphatic. This makes good the adverb of choice in sports. "I'm seeing the ball real good" is what you hear — Roger Angell In such contexts as listen up. And listen good — Alex Karras lets fly with his tomatoes before they can flee. He gets Clarence good — Charles Dickinson good cannot be adequately replaced by well. Adverbial good is primarily a spoken form; in writing it occurs in reported and fictional speech and in generally familiar or informal contexts.

Examples of good in a Sentence

Adjective You'll need better tools for this job. The car is in good condition. There are some good restaurants in this neighborhood. I'm afraid your work is just not good enough. Keep up the good work. “Would you hire her again?” “Yes, I would. She does good work.” The food was good but not great. He has done good but not outstanding work. Did you have a good time at the party? We're expecting good weather for the weekend. Noun the battle of good versus evil Teachers can be a strong force for good. the difference between good and bad They had to sacrifice lesser goods for greater ones. What is life's highest good? Parents must teach their children the difference between the good and the bad. She believes that the good go to heaven when they die and the bad go to hell. Only the good die young. She believes there is some good in everyone. Adverb Things have been going good lately. The team is doing good this year. “How did you hit the ball today?” “Good.” The other team whipped us good.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But the Biden administration has made other calls that will be good for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, Rebecca Logan, CEO of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, told Fox News in an interview. Evie Fordham, Fox News, 4 June 2021 Then there’s the whole thing about cicada emergence tunnels in the ground being good for aerating your soil. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 4 June 2021 For five generations, Andrew Bowman’s family has worked the land in Oneida, population 700-ish – a flat and fertile swath of Illinois his father always said was good for growing crops and kids. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2021 Building relationships cannot only be good for the soul but can also improve your bottom line – but that should not be the foundation of your relationship. Patricia Bradley, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, said that having Prime Day return to an earlier date is good for the industry as a whole. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 2 June 2021 The second-seeded Suns still won in convincing fashion, but seeing Paul wearing a brace on the sidelines isn't good for them. Duane Rankin, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 The cause of this is a series of decisions that were good for business but bad for science and patient care. Jason Karlawish, STAT, 2 June 2021 Right now businesses are clamoring for that labor—and there isn’t enough, which should be good for workers. Matt Simon, Wired, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And every moment of his spectacular career has been dedicated to the public good. Bruce Tulgan, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Staff members will score applications using a rubric that weighs the public good a project will generate, any risks involved and available resources to achieve the project’s goal. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, 1 June 2021 In exchange for those big savings, the school is expected to serve the public good through its stated purpose: housing and educating low-income and at-risk children. Bob Fernandez, ProPublica, 29 May 2021 And radio stations filled with idealists who view themselves as working for the public good are often led by people whose greatest skill is raising millions of dollars from affluent donors. Ben Smith, New York Times, 23 May 2021 Except, unlike venture capitalists, public funders can look not for profit but for other objectives tied to the public good: lower prices in perpetuity, or more equitable access, or wider licensing to boost vaccine supplies. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 12 May 2021 Hence a growing question: Should profitable tech companies be contributing more to the public good? Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2021 Still, even if a federal child-care program never materialized, casting child care as a public good, rather than a private responsibility, felt radical and new. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 That also means that the large-scale giving, toward the public good, becomes shaped by private moments. NBC News, 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Here, 28 good-looking options for everyday wear to add to your underwear drawer now. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 25 May 2021 The weekend starts with a good-looking Saturday, perhaps a bit breezy at times, with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the 60s. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 The foldable protective cases aren’t particularly good-looking, according to the designs seen above. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 May 2021 The Jazz have lots of very good-looking jerseys, at least, in my sartorial opinion. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2021 Biden also has pushed the transition to electric vehicles as a way to create good-paying American union jobs for the next generation of transportation. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Despite such experiences, the lack of a four-year degree remains a big barrier to finding a good-paying job for people in this category, dubbed Skilled Through Alternative Routes, or STARs. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 Now more than 120 automotive companies operate in the area, providing a range of good-paying jobs while attracting technical and engineering talent and international investment. Justin Baer, WSJ, 9 May 2021 That in turn shrinks the area in which those 50,000 people can seek good-paying jobs, because workers have only so much time to commute. Carol Becker, Star Tribune, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of good

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for good

Adjective, Noun, and Adverb

Middle English, from Old English gōd; akin to Old High German guot good, Middle High German gatern to unite, Sanskrit gadhya what one clings to

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The first known use of good was before the 12th century

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good

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of good

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: of high quality
: of somewhat high but not excellent quality
: correct or proper

good

noun

English Language Learners Definition of good (Entry 2 of 3)

: morally good forces or influences
: something that is right or good
: the pleasant things that happen to people

good

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of good (Entry 3 of 3)

informal
chiefly US : completely and thoroughly
used for emphasis before words like long and many

good

adjective
\ ˈgu̇d How to pronounce good (audio) \
better\ ˈbe-​tər \; best\ ˈbest \

Kids Definition of good

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : better than average good work
2 : skillful a good dancer
3 : behaving well a good child
4 : pleasant sense 1, enjoyable We had a good time.
5 : healthful Eat a good breakfast.
6 : of a favorable character or tendency good news
7 : suitable for a use : satisfactory You need good light for reading.
8 : desirable sense 1, attractive He's looking for a good job.
9 : showing good sense or judgment good advice
10 : closely following a standard of what is correct or proper good manners
11 : reliable a good neighbor
12 : helpful, kind How good of you to wait!
13 : being honest and upright She comes from a good family.
14 : being at least the amount mentioned We waited a good hour.
15 : considerable I need a good deal more.
as good as
: almost The car I'm selling is as good as new.

good

noun

Kids Definition of good (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : welfare sense 1, benefit Homework is for your own good.
2 : the good part of a person or thing I believe there is good in all of us.
3 : something right or good Good will come of this.
4 goods plural : products that are made for sale canned goods
5 goods plural : personal property He sold all his worldly goods.

good

adjective
better; best

Legal Definition of good

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : commercially sound or reliable a good risk
2a : valid or effectual under the law
b : free of defects
3a : characterized by honesty and fairness
b : conforming to a standard of virtue shall hold their offices during good behaviorU.S. Constitution art. III also : characterized by or relating to good behavior

good

noun

Legal Definition of good (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : advancement of prosperity and well-being for the good of the community
2 : an item of tangible movable personal property having value but usually excluding money, securities, and negotiable instruments usually used in pl. : as
a plural : all things under section 2-103 of the Uniform Commercial Code that are movable at the time of identification to the contract for sale other than information, the money that is to be paid, investment securities, the subject matter of foreign exchange transactions, and choses in action
b plural : all things under section 9-102 of the Uniform Commercial Code that are movable at the time that a security interest in them attaches or that are fixtures but excluding money, documents, instruments, accounts, chattel paper, general intangibles, commercial tort claims, deposit accounts, investment property, letter-of-credit rights, letters of credit, and minerals or the like before extraction
consumer goods
: goods purchased primarily for personal, family, or household uses
durable goods
: consumer goods that last and are used for a number of years : durables
fungible goods
: goods of which any unit is by nature or by usage of trade the equivalent of any other like unit especially as defined by section 1-201 of the Uniform Commercial Code
future goods
: goods that are the subject of a contract but are not yet existing or specified
hard goods
: durable goods in this entry
household goods
: goods used in connection with the home specifically : furniture, furnishings, and personal effects used in a dwelling as defined by section 7-209 of the Uniform Commercial Code
mobile goods
: goods as formerly defined in section 9-103 of the Uniform Commercial Code that are mobile, are of a type (as vehicles) usually used in more than one jurisdiction, are not covered by a certificate of title, and are either the equipment of a debtor or inventory leased by a debtor
ordinary goods
: goods as formerly defined by section 9-103 of the Uniform Commercial Code that are anything other than those covered by a certificate of title, mobile goods, or minerals
producer goods
: goods (as tools and raw materials) used to produce other goods and satisfy human wants only indirectly
soft goods
: consumer goods that are not durable goods

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