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

Enter through a front courtyard and into a welcoming entry filled with natural light from the side panels flanking the front door. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Mountain views, access to Los Alamitos Trail enhance the ambience of this Graystone home," 10 July 2019 Carlson used her success as evidence of a welcoming spirit for immigrants. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson a ‘racist fool’ after he describes her as a threat to U.S.," 10 July 2019 Before the night is over, 'Zizou On T'aime' has been plastered across the Arc de Triomphe, and, upon the team's return to France, it is screeched by the welcoming crowds. SI.com, "Anatomy of a Headbutt: OTD in 2006 Zinedine Zidane Was Sent Off in the World Cup Final," 9 July 2019 America is a tremendously welcoming country, and we are made better by immigration. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Ari Fleischer on Why Former Republican Critics of Trump Now Embrace Him," 9 July 2019 The Archbishop of Canterbury performed the baptism ceremony, which the palace announced ahead of time on Wednesday, welcoming Queen Elizabeth II's eighth great-grandchild into the Church of England. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry share royal baby Archie's christening photo," 6 July 2019 Some thinkers, including Terrile, welcome the analogy to religion. Dan Falk, NBC News, "Are we living in a simulated universe? Here's what scientists say.," 6 July 2019 Simmons hooked into the welcoming porch of the Crawford Boxes in left to push the lead back to two. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Angels blast their way to win over Astros and Justin Verlander," 5 July 2019 But new technology capable of simulating the welcoming warmth of the human body promises a huge leap forward, potentially allowing transplant teams to save more lives while working less stressful schedules. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New system could save more patients needing transplants for lung, liver or heart," 5 July 2019

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

Nonetheless, the decision was welcome for a White House facing legal challenges on a host of issues including its handling of the 2020 census and Mr. Trump’s refusal to turn over his tax returns to Congress. New York Times, "Federal Appeals Court Rules for Trump in Emoluments Case," 10 July 2019 Anyone is welcome to come lend a hand Saturday morning, pastor Ty Cotter said. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 And anyone is welcome at Big Momma's or any of the city's other soul food restaurants. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Sunday dinners at Louisville's black-owned restaurants 'keep that culture going'," 7 June 2019 His ashes were interred at Washington, DC’s National Cathedral on Friday, as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop extended a tearful welcome to LGBTQ individuals who had felt unwanted by their churches. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "“Welcome home, Matt”: Bishop Robinson welcomes Matthew Shepard — and gay Christians — back to the church," 26 Oct. 2018 The Eucharistic Congress begins today at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome in the BJCC North Exhibition Hall. al.com, "Catholics ready for downtown procession from BJCC to cathedral," 28 June 2019 After a royal welcome on Monday, including a lavish white-tie banquet at Buckingham Palace, President Donald Trump will get down to business today. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "From pageantry to protests, Day 2 of Trump's U.K. state visit: The Morning Rundown," 4 June 2019 Trump Arrives at Buckingham Palace (12:15 p.m.) Trump’s state visit began with an official welcome by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace, together with a royal gun salute from nearby Green Park. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "President Sees Trade Deal If U.K. Loses Shackles: Trump Update," 3 June 2019 The red carpet welcome for the World Cup winners continued at the Elysee Palace, where President Emmanuel Macron threw an informal garden party that had 1,000 children and 300 athletes from local soccer clubs as guests. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost," 17 July 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near welcome

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welchman

welch plug

welcome

welcome home

welcome mat

weld

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More Definitions for welcome

welcome

verb

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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