\ 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



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



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


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

Good vs. Well: Usage Guide


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


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 As of now heavy rain seems like a good bet Tuesday morning into the afternoon with highs in the upper 70s to mid-80s. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Back to high heat today; heavy rain threat from Isaias late Monday and Tuesday," 2 Aug. 2020 Some Americans, for example, will see an erosion in their credit scores, affecting their ability to borrow on good terms, while others could fall further behind in retirement preparedness. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Beyond job losses, Americans face many types of coronavirus financial fallout. The impact will linger," 2 Aug. 2020 Tie-dye has many feel-good associations, like outdoor music festivals and summer camp. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Tie-dye on the rise as a pandemic pastime," 2 Aug. 2020 Perfection isn’t possible or sustainable, and there will be good days and bad days. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Covid Stress Derailed Your Workouts? Here’s How to Get Back on Track," 2 Aug. 2020 Such is life for a good while longer: Where real games unfold in unreal circumstances, with the threat that the games could disappear at any moment. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 challenging how every sports league operates. And challenging us as fans, too," 1 Aug. 2020 During good times, the money rolls in as the rest of the economy atrophies. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The American West’s economy has a lot in common with Saudi Arabia," 1 Aug. 2020 People with good paying jobs like supervisors, managers, directors, and vice presidents do not normally engage in theft, drug deals, or gang activity. Gary Franks, Fortune, "I’m a Black Republican, and I agree with AOC on the link between poverty and crime," 1 Aug. 2020 This could be a good weekend to look for love in all the right places. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 1, 2020: Gemini, no gambling this weekend; Sagittarius, only risk what you can afford to lose," 1 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Black Panther is everything a superhero should be: righteous, kindhearted, and constantly looking for the good in people. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Kiki Layne’s Reluctant The Old Guard Hero Is An All-Too Accurate Sign Of The Times," 12 July 2020 His visit to the White House was enough to convince countless longtime consumers to boycott Goya for good. Scottie Andrew And Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chef José Andrés and others criticize Goya CEO for supporting Trump," 10 July 2020 It’s too late for Campbell, who has left the industry for good. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Black workers report patterns of racial discrimination in Bay Area restaurant industry," 7 July 2020 Morrison had urged state leaders to open their borders for the good of the economy. Washington Post, "Australia to shut state border as Melbourne infections surge," 6 July 2020 The documents suggest that the U.S. government has an actual stake in the vaccine and could try to make the vaccine a free or low-cost public good with wide distribution, if the product turns out to be safe and effective. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: NIH may own patents for the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine; ICER boosts recommended price for remdesivir," 25 June 2020 True and fair financial reporting is a public good. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Wirecard shows auditing is broken. Here’s why—and how to fix it," 25 June 2020 Fight for the good, or wallow in hate and ignorance alongside history's other losers. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Noose in Bubba Wallace's garage strengthens resolve to fight racism," 22 June 2020 To combat this maelstrom of misinformation, PGP plans to recruit people who think vaccines are a vital public good and who have a track record of activism—doing things like signing petitions or attending demonstrations. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Silicon Valley used to offer these workers a middle-class living through good-paying manufacturing jobs in the tech industry. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Race and class divide: Black and Hispanic service workers are tech's growing underclass," 11 July 2020 In the interview, Anderson described his son as good-hearted, but easily influenced. Fox News, "Seattle father mourning loss of son killed in 'CHOP' zone gets calls of support from Trump, Seattle mayor," 3 July 2020 Yes, Martha, there really is a demand for functional, affordable, and distinctively good-looking automobiles. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1986 Ford Taurus LX Shapes the Future of the Family Sedan," 2 July 2020 The team arrived at what Herod describes as a typical suburban house: nice neighborhood, good-looking yard, kids playing outside. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Defund police? Some cities have already started, investing in mental health instead," 23 June 2020 The sectors are responsible for jobs in every corner and community of the country, many of them good-paying, middle income professional jobs. Chris Isidore, CNN, "State and local governments could kill a recovery in the labor market," 7 June 2020 Thousands of farm ponds throughout America have also been stocked with fast-growing, fun-to-catch, and good-eating channel cats. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 There are so many battles to fight: creating good-paying jobs, addressing pay equity with African-American women and people of color, fighting for PEPFAR in advancing toward a cure for HIV/AIDS. Dayna Evans, The Cut, "Congresswoman Barbara Lee Knows What It Takes to Fight Power," 22 Aug. 2017 The Committee believes that strategic investments in the physical science areas are vitally important for the United States to remain the global leader in innovation, productivity, economic growth, and good-paying jobs. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Why a flat 2018 budget could tie NSF’s hands," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of good


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


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


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/good. Accessed 5 Aug. 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



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



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

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.



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



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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