\ 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 The good news is that — hallelujah — four episodes in season two are in the half-hour range. Brendan Morrow, TheWeek, "The Twilight Zone’s second season is far from perfect — but it’s promising," 27 June 2020 And, because there are so many scams out there, Augerinos says it’s a good idea to ensure your confirmation comes in writing. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Worst Mistakes You Can Make When Booking a Hotel, According to Experts," 26 June 2020 There's good news and bad news on the prospects for additional government assistance. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "A second stimulus check? Here's how much money you could get," 26 June 2020 That’s good news for Phoenix, but Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will await the Suns as the NBA released its eight-game regular season schedule Friday for the 2019-20 resumption in Orlando set to begin July 30. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Suns face six current playoff teams in eight-game regular-season resumption," 26 June 2020 That’s good news for Edlund and others who hang out in the cove for the purpose of pursuing baseballs that splash in the water. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "McCovey Cove kayakers plan to float at fanless Giants games: ‘What I live for’," 26 June 2020 Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging ($68; girlfriend.com) Want to feel good about your leggings? Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The comfiest leggings you can essentially live in," 25 June 2020 Paulson said the mandate would be ineffective and only serve to make people feel good about themselves. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Mayor says Anchorage mask mandate is drafted and ready to issue if current virus case trends continue," 24 June 2020 Every day should feel this good, or according to Vineyard Vines, that is. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Vineyard Vines iconic men's pullovers and shirts are on sale at Amazon," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All the rehab in the world won’t do much good if our brain keeps getting blood clots. Dave Murphy, SFChronicle.com, "In aftermath of George Floyd’s death, maybe Generation Z can help us heal," 26 June 2020 The former Green Bay Packers star praised the 32-year-old free agent quarterback's willingness to jeopardize his football career for a greater good. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Brett Favre says Colin Kaepernick will be remembered as a "hero" like Pat Tillman," 22 June 2020 Community land trusts, for instance, let low-income families buy homes on land owned by non-profits, which vow to use the land for the good of the community. Alana Semuels, Time, "Segregation Has Gotten Worse, Not Better, and It's Fueling the Wealth Gap Between Black and White Americans," 19 June 2020 The anniversary visit seemed to do both of them a world of good. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Alabama couple celebrates 65th anniversary in hospital with COVID-19," 19 June 2020 What good are laws if no one in power will enforce them? Walter M. Shaub Jr., The New York Review of Books, "Ransacking the Republic," 17 June 2020 Until that day comes, Third Eye aims to foster an environment where its guests will be inspired to follow that live life, do good, drink beer lifestyle. Matt Koesters, Cincinnati.com, "Sharonville's first craft brewery, Third Eye Brewing Company, opens Wednesday," 16 June 2020 This would be expecting the owners to bite the bullet and actually do something for the good of the game, and that’s a bit much to anticipate from either side in this ongoing debate. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Could significant marches across U.S. provide COVID-19 clues that would impact MLB’s return?," 8 June 2020 Our greatest strength is our ability to work together for the good of our students. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville superintendents speak to autumn school openings," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 Over the past decade, as manufacturing employment shrank across the Rust Belt, Warsaw displayed a rare resilience, steadily adding good-paying factory positions that do not require a college degree. Danielle Paquette, Alaska Dispatch News, "In one slice of the Midwest, a labor shortage weighs on the economy," 21 June 2017 When my arm feels good, pitching is my favorite thing to do on the diamond. Tim Schwartz, Howard County Times, "Mt. Hebron ace, slugger Jack Schroeder earns baseball Player of the Year honor," 21 June 2017 A loaf that tastes good, or good enough, and doesn't leave any mess whatsoever. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Surprising Challenge of Bringing Bread to Space," 8 June 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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30 Jun 2020

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“Good.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/good. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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