welcome

verb
wel·​come | \ ˈwel-kəm How to pronounce welcome (audio) \
welcomed; welcoming

Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality
2 : to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of welcomes danger

welcome

interjection

Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 4)

used to express a greeting to a guest or newcomer upon arrival

welcome

adjective

Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : received gladly into one's presence or companionship was always welcome in their home
2 : giving pleasure : received with gladness or delight especially in response to a need a welcome relief
3 : willingly permitted or admitted he was welcome to come and go— W. M. Thackeray
4 used in the phrase "You're welcome" as a reply to an expression of thanks

welcome

noun

Definition of welcome (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a greeting or reception usually upon arrival a warm welcome
2 : the state of being welcome overstayed their welcome

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Other Words from welcome

Verb

welcomer noun

Adjective

welcomely adverb
welcomeness noun

Examples of welcome in a Sentence

Verb She welcomed the students into her home. We welcome you to the show. He's a bright student who welcomes a challenge. Adjective That will be a welcome change. He was a welcome sight. Noun He was given a hero's welcome when he returned home after winning the race. offered a warm welcome to the stranger
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bowie State University upgraded its previous, smaller food bank to a larger, welcoming space after receiving the $10,000 grant from Food Lion Feeds, Brent Swinton, Bowie's vice president for institutional advancement, told ABC News. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Bowie State University opens a lounge-style food pantry for students in need," 18 Feb. 2020 The dent to tourism is a major problem for Japan, which welcomed 8.1 million Chinese tourists last year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Jill Disis, CNN, "Japan's economy is shrinking and a recession looks 'all but inevitable'," 17 Feb. 2020 The East African island nation of Mauritius, which welcomes hundreds of thousands of Asian visitors every year, has opened overflow quarantine facilities, banned all imports of live animals and stopped issuing work permits to Chinese workers. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Coronavirus Concerns Spread Faster and Further Than Pathogen," 10 Feb. 2020 Griffin put in a good word to tournament officials, who welcomed the chance to stretch beyond golf’s traditional, older demographic. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Macklemore highlights kinship between music and golf at Pebble Beach Pro-Am," 7 Feb. 2020 For two decades no one welcomed them more eagerly than Homero Gómez, manager of El Rosario’s Butterfly Sanctuary. The Economist, "Logger turned saviour Homero Gómez was apparently murdered on January 13th," 6 Feb. 2020 That was amplified by the decision of Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas last month to block resettlement for the entire state, which has welcomed more refugees than any other state in the past five years. New York Times, "Trump Threw Weighty Refugee Decisions to Local Government, With Painful Results," 1 Feb. 2020 The venue is also working with local officials to secure funding for the space that welcomes 250,000 people through its doors every year. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Asheville's Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Proposes $100M in Renovations," 31 Jan. 2020 Its culture and diversity welcome you, the scents intoxicate you and the food feeds your soul. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "12 Times Travelers Let Their Melanin Shine In Morocco," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection Welcome, Baskets and Better Things and One Mississippi and now The Cops [all from C.K.'s production company] and more to come. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "FX Chief John Landgraf Talks 'Peak TV,' 'Louie' Future and Netflix: It's "Shoveling Money"," 25 May 2017 Her presence in the race adds new dimensions to the conversation, and that’s welcome. Pioneer Press Editorial Board, Twin Cities, "Conversing with St. Paul mayoral candidates: Elizabeth Dickinson," 22 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10. 10/10: Rinse and repeat of sunny and dry are even more welcome with a few gray days ahead! Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Bright and cheery today; turning gray and gloomy tomorrow," 27 Aug. 2017 On tour, though, care of Lövik often falls to Irina, which can be a welcome distraction for her during Sascha’s matches. Longreads, "Family Band," 22 Aug. 2017 Cars like the Elantra, then, are a welcome respite for those of us who actually like to drive, who like the feeling of controlling the machine. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The Manual Car Is About More Than Shifting Gears," 19 Aug. 2017 The couple made a welcome toast, thanking their guests for sharing in the weekend– Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll's Mountain-Top Wedding in Montana," 16 Aug. 2017 Conductor Lisa LeMay’s 17-strong orchestra handles the various musical flavors well, and there’s lots of drama and surprise to the lighting design by David Cuthbert, a welcome San Diego returnee. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Rep revival lends heart to tuneful but cynical 'Evita'," 10 Aug. 2017 In this salad, the saltiness of the cod and the tang of the cheese bring a welcome punch. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "3 Timeless French Recipes From France's Most Admired Chefs," 9 Aug. 2017 After the welcome bubbles, guests will learn the art of creating the perfect champagne cocktail(s) with the property's resident bartender. Micaela English, Town & Country, "This Charming Maine Inn Has An Entire Weekend Dedicated To Champagne," 7 Aug. 2017 Residents who would like to host a gathering are also welcome to do so since several areas do not have a block captain. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "National Night Out events planned for Tuesday," 27 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Surrounded by dozens of former players and thousands of Indiana fans chanting ‘‘Bob-by, Bob-by,’’ the 79-year-old Knight finally returned to his home court in Saturday to a rousing welcome. BostonGlobe.com, "Indiana gives Bob Knight a warm homecoming," 9 Feb. 2020 Pence showed up at Saturday’s FanFest on Saturday, a day after the Giants announced his one-year $3 million contract, and was the most popular guy at Oracle Park, receiving a hero’s welcome. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ most popular player at FanFest? Welcome back, Hunter Pence," 8 Feb. 2020 This game is a celebration of Birmingham, and also a neighborly welcome to the most popular pro soccer club in the United States. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "A city buzzes for soccer match between Birmingham Legion FC and Atlanta United," 7 Feb. 2020 Casper was the latest in a string of money-losing young companies to get a lukewarm welcome from investors. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 7, 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 So, a warbling welcome to the Birds of Prey: Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), a teen-age thief; Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), a singer and chauffeur; and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), a cop who’s been passed over for promotion. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Harley Quinn Isn’t the Most Criminal Thing in “Birds of Prey”," 7 Feb. 2020 Second, guests should contact the studio for a reservation (walk-ins welcome). cleveland, "Teen Volunteer & Job Fair seeks local businesses, organizations: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 31 Jan. 2020 Having played more than 600 times for the Italian side over 18 years, De Rossi could have expected a hero's welcome on his return to the Stadio Olimpico for Sunday's game against Lazio. Matias Grez, CNN, "Daniele de Rossi wears impressive disguise to attend Rome derby," 30 Jan. 2020 The sweetness of the orange in the sauce coming through welcome, leaving me to think the Thai chili is an unnecessary touch. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Juicy burgers? Check. Mouthwatering hot dogs? Check. This spot in Shelby Park has it all," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of welcome

Verb

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

Interjection

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for welcome

Verb

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

Interjection

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

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Time Traveler for welcome

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

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Last Updated

24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Welcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcome. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for welcome

welcome

verb
How to pronounce welcome (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to greet (someone) in a warm and friendly manner
: to receive or accept (something) with happiness or pleasure

welcome

interjection

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 4)

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

welcome

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 4)

: 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)
used to say that someone can have or take something because you do not want it yourself + to

welcome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 4 of 4)

: the way in which someone is greeted

welcome

verb
wel·​come | \ ˈwel-kəm How to pronounce welcome (audio) \
welcomed; welcoming

Kids Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to greet with friendship or courtesy
2 : to receive or accept with pleasure We welcomed the opportunity to travel.

welcome

adjective

Kids Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : greeted or received gladly a welcome rain Visitors are welcome.
2 : giving pleasure : pleasing a welcome sight
3 : willingly permitted to do, have, or enjoy something You're welcome to come along.
4 used in the phrase "You're welcome" as a reply to an expression of thanks

welcome

noun

Kids Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 3)

: a friendly greeting

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