As well as


1 [wel]
in a good or satisfactory manner: Business is going well.
thoroughly, carefully, or soundly: to shake well before using; listen well.
in a moral or proper manner: to behave well.
commendably, meritoriously, or excellently: a difficult task well done.
with propriety, justice, or reason: I could not well refuse.
adequately or sufficiently: Think well before you act.
to a considerable extent or degree (often used in combination): a sum well over the amount agreed upon; a well-developed theme.
with great or intimate knowledge: to know a person well.
certainly; without doubt: I anger easily, as you well know.
with good nature; without rancor: He took the joke well.
adjective, comparative better, superlative best.
in good health; sound in body and mind: Are you well? He is not a well man.
satisfactory, pleasing, or good: All is well with us.
proper, fitting, or gratifying: It is well that you didn't go.
in a satisfactory position; well-off: I am very well as I am.
(used to express surprise, reproof, etc.): Well! There's no need to shout.
(used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.): Well, who would have thought he could do it?
well-being; good fortune; success: to wish well to someone.
as well,
in addition; also; too: She insisted on directing the play and on producing it as well.
equally: The town grew as well because of its location as because of its superb climate.
as well as, as much or as truly as; equally as: Joan is witty as well as intelligent.
leave well enough alone, avoid changing something that is satisfactory.

before 900; Middle English, Old English wel(l) (adj. and adv.); cognate with Dutch wel, German wohl, Old Norse vel, Gothic waila

3. properly, correctly. 4. skillfully, adeptly, accurately, efficiently. 5. suitably. 6. fully, amply. 7. rather, quite. 11. healthy, hale, hearty. 12. fine. 13. suitable, befitting, appropriate. 14. fortunate, happy.

3. poorly, badly. 11. ill, sick.

See good.

Sometimes an adverb like well is so often placed in front of and combined with a certain past participle in order to modify it that the resulting adjectival combination achieves the status of a common word and is listed in dictionaries. In you will find, for example, entries for well-advised, well-loved, and well-mannered; for ill-advised, ill-bred, and ill-conceived; and for half-baked, half-cocked, and half-hearted. Some of these terms are given full definitions, while others are considered such obvious combinations that you can figure out for yourself what they must mean and so they are simply listed. It is important to note, however, that compound adjectives like these are hyphenated for use before the noun they modify together. Thus we say that someone is “a well-loved professor,” but there would be no hyphen between well and loved in a sentence like “My English professor is well loved and deserves the award.”
In a similar manner, adjectival compounds formed with better, best, little, lesser, least, etc., are also hyphenated when placed before the noun (a little-understood theory), but the hyphen is dropped when the adjectival combination follows the noun (his films are best known in England) or is itself modified by an adverb (a too little understood theory).
There are exceptions to this pattern. For example, when the combining adverb ends in –ly, no hyphen is required, whether the resulting adjectival combination appears before or after the noun: a highly regarded surgeon; a surgeon who is highly regarded.
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well1 (wɛl)
adv (preceded by could, might, or may) (preceded by may or might) , better, best
1.  (often used in combination) in a satisfactory manner: the party went very well
2.  (often used in combination) in a good, skilful, or pleasing manner: she plays the violin well
3.  in a correct or careful manner: listen well to my words
4.  in a comfortable or prosperous manner: to live well
5.  (usually used with auxiliaries) suitably; fittingly: you can't very well say that
6.  intimately: I knew him well
7.  in a kind or favourable manner: she speaks well of you
8.  to a great or considerable extent; fully: to be well informed
9.  by a considerable margin: let me know well in advance
10.  indeed: you may well have to do it yourself
11.  informal (intensifier): well safe
12.  all very well used ironically to express discontent, dissent, etc
13.  as well
 a.  in addition; too
 b.  with equal effect: you might as well come
 c.  just as well preferable or advisable: it would be just as well if you paid me now
14.  as well as in addition to
15.  just leave well alone, just leave well enough alone to refrain from interfering with something that is satisfactory
16.  well and good used to indicate calm acceptance, as of a decision: if you accept my offer, well and good
17.  well up in well acquainted with (a particular subject); knowledgeable about
18.  (when prenominal, usually used with a negative) in good health: I'm very well, thank you; he's not a well man
19.  satisfactory, agreeable, or pleasing
20.  prudent; advisable: it would be well to make no comment
21.  prosperous or comfortable
22.  fortunate or happy: it is well that you agreed to go
23.  a.  an expression of surprise, indignation, or reproof
 b.  an expression of anticipation in waiting for an answer or remark
sentence connector
24.  an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc: well, I don't think I will come
[Old English wel; related to Old High German wala, wola (German wohl), Old Norse val, Gothic waila]

well2 (wɛl)
1.  a hole or shaft that is excavated, drilled, bored, or cut into the earth so as to tap a supply of water, oil, gas, etc
2.  a natural pool where ground water comes to the surface
3.  a.  a cavity, space, or vessel used to contain a liquid
 b.  (in combination): an inkwell
4.  an open shaft through the floors of a building, such as one used for a staircase
5.  a deep enclosed space in a building or between buildings that is open to the sky to permit light and air to enter
6.  a.  a bulkheaded compartment built around a ship's pumps for protection and ease of access
 b.  another word for cockpit
7.  a perforated tank in the hold of a fishing boat for keeping caught fish alive
8.  (in England) the open space in the centre of a law court
9.  a source, esp one that provides a continuous supply: he is a well of knowledge
10.  to flow or cause to flow upwards or outwards: tears welled from her eyes
[Old English wella; related to Old High German wella (German Welle wave), Old Norse vella boiling heat]

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Word Origin & History

"in a satisfactory manner," O.E. wel, common Gmc. (cf. O.S. wela, O.N. vel, O.Fris. wel, Du. wel, O.H.G. wela, Ger. wohl, Goth. waila "well"), from PIE *wel-, *wol- (cf. Skt. prati varam "at will," O.C.S. vole "well," Welsh gwell "better," L. velle "to wish, will," O.E. willan "to wish;" see
will (v.)). Also used as an interjection and an expression of surprise in O.E. Well-to-do "prosperous" is recorded from 1825.

"to spring, rise, gush," O.E. wiellan (Anglian wællan), causative of weallan "to boil, bubble up" (class VII strong verb; past tense weoll, pp. weallen), from P.Gmc. *wal-, *wel- "roll" (cf. O.S. wallan, O.N. vella, O.Fris. walla, O.H.G. wallan, Ger. wallen, Goth. wulan "to bubble, boil"), from
PIE base *wel- "to turn, roll" (see vulva), on notion of "roiling or bubbling water."

"hole dug for water, spring of water," O.E. wielle (W.Saxon), welle (Anglian), from wiellan (see well (v.)).
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Science Dictionary
well   (wěl)  Pronunciation Key 
A deep hole or shaft sunk into the Earth to tap a liquid or gaseous substance such as water, oil, gas, or brine. If the substance is not under sufficient pressure to flow freely from the well, it must be pumped or raised mechanically to the surface. Water or pressurized gas is sometimes pumped into a nonproducing oil well to push petroleum resources out of underground reservoirs. See also artesian well.
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Well definition

(Heb. beer), to be distinguished from a fountain (Heb. 'ain). A "beer" was a deep shaft, bored far under the rocky surface by the art of man, which contained water which percolated through the strata in its sides. Such wells were those of Jacob and Beersheba, etc. (see Gen. 21:19, 25, 30, 31; 24:11; 26:15, 18-25, 32, etc.). In the Pentateuch this word beer, so rendered, occurs twenty-five times.

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Idioms & Phrases

as well as

  1. In as satisfactory or good a way as. For example, After the operation, she was supposed to walk around as well as she could without limping. [c. 1400]

  2. To the same extent as, as much as. For example, He is an excellent teacher as well as being a fine musician. [c. 1440]

  3. In addition to, as in The editors as well as the proofreaders are working overtime. [c. 1700]

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