\ ˈgu̇d How to pronounce good (audio) \
better\ ˈbe-​tər How to pronounce better (audio) \; best\ ˈbest How to pronounce best (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 statementa 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 praisehis 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 intensivea good long time

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Other Words from good

Adjective

goodish \ ˈgu̇-​dish How to pronounce goodish (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 Structures that are more than 400 square feet must have a permit from the Department of Buildings that is good for 180 days. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Confused about outdoor dining? Here’s a breakdown of the rules and safety guidelines.," 24 Oct. 2020 The Bears finished with a 17-13 record (12-4 MEAC), which was good enough for a second-place tie and the third seed in the MEAC Tournament. Kyle J. Andrews, baltimoresun.com, "Morgan State men’s and women’s basketball coaches excited for MEAC play: ‘Why not come play at an HBCU’," 24 Oct. 2020 Compared with older models, both new iPhones also come with a separate ultrawide lens that’s good for drama. Washington Post, "5G is the least compelling thing about the iPhone 12," 23 Oct. 2020 Several studies have found that modest minimum wage hikes are good for the creation of new jobs and small businesses. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Debate fact check: Where Trump, Biden claims land on COVID-19, fracking, race, more," 23 Oct. 2020 This week was rife with political news, and between #Poboygate and what seemed like the Louisiana Legislature's 50th special session this year finally ending, not much of it was good. Kaylee Poche, NOLA.com, "Did Rep. Clay Higgins just accuse his wife of practicing witchcraft?," 23 Oct. 2020 The $100 discount code, which is good through Election Day, works only on zvox.com and applies only to the AV157 SuperVoice TV Speaker, which regularly is $299. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: Listen carefully to the directions for a speaker discount code," 23 Oct. 2020 Stewart cited Lamont’s decision to loosen restrictions on group gatherings as evidence that her decision was good. Don Stacom, courant.com, "New Britain alderman says COVID-19 dispute could end in lawsuit," 23 Oct. 2020 This setup should be good for a 7.3-second zero-to-60-mph time according to Mini—a far cry from the 1257 GT's time. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Mini Digs Deep into Its Heritage for the New Cooper 1499 GT," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That said, food content becoming more democratic, with more perspectives informing the way people engage with restaurants and cooking, is a net good. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "This stunning S.F. Thai spread got half a million TikTok views, but how does it taste?," 26 Oct. 2020 This benefit outweighs any good from last-minute get-out-the-vote social campaigns, because falsehoods travel through social media faster than the truth does. Martin Skladany, Wired, "On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark," 25 Oct. 2020 Rich Stanek, a former Republican sheriff in Hennepin County, Minn., who worked with Mr. Biden on gun control during his vice presidency, questioned how much good will Mr. Biden would have to draw on with police groups as president. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Joe Biden Had Close Ties With Police Leaders. Will They Help Him Now?," 24 Oct. 2020 In the end, for many on the left, this moment, which has been billed as a once-in-a-lifetime event and a singular showdown between good and evil, is really about the essentially timeless work of building power. Isabel Cristo, The New Republic, "The Bernie Organizers Who Want to Elect Biden—Then Defeat Him," 23 Oct. 2020 Bo Nix sure could use — a line that’s at least middle-of-SEC-pack good. Charles Hollis, al, "Auburn can expect Ole Miss to bring its Alabama game," 23 Oct. 2020 Save $5 on admission by taking a canned good to benefit the Palo Pinto County Food Bank. Linda Kessler, Dallas News, "Halloween fun is brewing across D-FW," 22 Oct. 2020 Luke Metzger led Fenwick with an eight-over par 150 good for seventh place, but Metzger wasn't the top individual finisher in the area. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, "How Cincinnati golfers finished OHSAA DII, DIII state tournament and who qualified for DI," 19 Oct. 2020 The doctrine calls believers to action on matters of human dignity and common good in society, stretching from conception to natural death. Jayme Fraser, USA TODAY, "Trump delivered his SCOTUS promise, but his pandemic response cost him support among Christians," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But the company shut it down in 1999, part of a statewide decline in good-paying blue-collar jobs. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "In Kalamazoo, Old High School Classmates Reckon With a Divided Country," 17 Oct. 2020 Valenzuela, who would be the first Afro-Latina in Congress, is steadfast in her support of schools and good-paying jobs. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Beth Van Duyne and Candace Valenzuela, locked in congressional race, battle to define Texas suburban way of life," 14 Oct. 2020 Rocking on a balancing board throughout the day, kneading homemade play dough, and simmering good-smelling spices, herbs and citrus on the stovetop could all provide little escapes to engage your senses. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "What mental health professionals have learned six months into pandemic care," 8 Oct. 2020 Pretty good based on last season: Smith’s achieved his 2019 total in 13 games. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "SEC Football by the Numbers: Will 2020 have a 1,000-yard receiver?," 15 Sep. 2020 Typically good-humored and affable, on this Thursday morning, Robbins seemed a little testy and impatient. Charles Fishman, The Atlantic, "16 Weeks and 5 Days at the University of Arizona," 1 Oct. 2020 Greenberg didn’t let the rare moment of levity go, bringing McElroy in at the end of the interview to react to Saban’s good-humored ribbing. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Greg McElroy warns about Nick Saban not being jovial, then Alabama coach delivers from top rope," 18 Aug. 2020 Former deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who oversaw economic development and affordable housing for Mr. de Blasio’s administration for five years, said the rezoning would have brought capital investment and good-paying jobs to Sunset Park. Emma Tucker, WSJ, "Major Brooklyn Redevelopment Proposal Withdrawn After Local Backlash," 23 Sep. 2020 This is an important first step toward removing barriers to access, streamlining the funding process and expanding opportunities for good-paying jobs for the people and communities that need them most. Frank Altman Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "How to even financing odds for women- and minority-owned companies," 20 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for good

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

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Last Updated

28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Good.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/good. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce good (audio)

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
\ 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.
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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