good for


adjective, better, best.
morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious: a good man.
satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree: a good teacher; good health.
of high quality; excellent.
right; proper; fit: It is good that you are here. His credentials are good.
well-behaved: a good child.
kind, beneficent, or friendly: to do a good deed.
honorable or worthy; in good standing: a good name.
educated and refined: She has a good background.
financially sound or safe: His credit is good.
genuine; not counterfeit: a good quarter.
sound or valid: good judgment; good reasons.
reliable; dependable; responsible: good advice.
healthful; beneficial: Fresh fruit is good for you.
in excellent condition; healthy: good teeth.
not spoiled or tainted; edible; palatable: The meat was still good after three months in the freezer.
favorable; propitious: good news.
cheerful; optimistic; amiable: in good spirits.
free of distress or pain; comfortable: to feel good after surgery.
agreeable; pleasant: Have a good time.
attractive; handsome: She has a good figure.
(of the complexion) smooth; free from blemish.
close or intimate; warm: She's a good friend of mine.
sufficient or ample: a good supply.
advantageous; satisfactory for the purpose: a good day for fishing.
competent or skillful; clever: a good manager; good at arithmetic.
skillfully or expertly done: a really good job; a good play.
conforming to rules of grammar, usage, etc.; correct: good English.
socially proper: good manners.
remaining available to one: Don't throw good money after bad.
comparatively new or of relatively fine quality: Don't play in the mud in your good clothes.
finest or most dressy: He wore his good suit to the office today.
full: a good day's journey away.
fairly large or great: a good amount.
free from precipitation or cloudiness: good weather.
Medicine/Medical. (of a patient's condition) having stable and normal vital signs, being conscious and comfortable, and having excellent appetite, mobility, etc.
fertile; rich: good soil.
loyal: a good Democrat.
(of a return or service in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) landing within the limits of a court or section of a court.
Horse Racing. (of the surface of a track) drying after a rain so as to be still slightly sticky: This horse runs best on a good track.
(of meat, especially beef) noting or pertaining to the specific grade below “choice,” containing more lean muscle and less edible fat than “prime” or “choice.”
favorably regarded (used as an epithet for a ship, town, etc.): the good ship Syrena.
profit or advantage; worth; benefit: What good will that do? We shall work for the common good.
excellence or merit; kindness: to do good.
moral righteousness; virtue: to be a power for good.
(especially in the grading of U.S. beef) an official grade below that of “choice.”
possessions, especially movable effects or personal property.
articles of trade; wares; merchandise: canned goods.
Informal. what has been promised or is expected: to deliver the goods.
Informal. the genuine article.
Informal. evidence of guilt, as stolen articles: to catch someone with the goods.
cloth or textile material: top-quality linen goods.
Chiefly British. merchandise sent by land, rather than by water or air.
the good.
the ideal of goodness or morality.
good things or persons collectively.
(used as an expression of approval or satisfaction): Good! Now we can all go home.
Informal. well.
as good as. as1 ( def 20 ).
come to no good, to end in failure or as a failure: Her jealous relatives said that she would come to no good.
for good, finally and permanently; forever: to leave the country for good. Also, for good and all.
good and, Informal. very; completely; exceedingly: This soup is good and hot.
good for,
certain to repay (money owed) because of integrity, financial stability, etc.
the equivalent in value of: Two thousand stamps are good for one coffeepot.
able to survive or continue functioning for (the length of time or the distance indicated): These tires are good for another 10,000 miles.
valid or in effect for (the length of time indicated): a license good for one year.
(used as an expression of approval): Good for you!
good full, Nautical. (of a sail or sails) well filled, especially when sailing close to the wind; clean full; rap full.
make good,
to make recompense for; repay.
to implement an agreement; fulfill.
to be successful.
to substantiate; verify.
to carry out; accomplish; execute: The convicts made good their getaway.
no good, without value or merit; worthless; contemptible: The check was no good.
to the good,
generally advantageous: That's all to the good, but what do I get out of it?
richer in profit or gain: When he withdrew from the partnership, he was several thousand dollars to the good.

before 900; Middle English (adj., adv., and noun); Old English gōd (adj.); cognate with Dutch goed, German gut, Old Norse gōthr, Gothic goths

quasi-good, adjective

good, well (see usage note at the current entry).

1. pure, moral, conscientious, meritorious, worthy, exemplary, upright. 2. commendable, admirable. 5. obedient, heedful. 6. kindly, benevolent, humane, gracious, obliging. 23. full, adequate. 24. profitable, useful, serviceable, beneficial. 25. efficient, proficient, capable, able, ready, suited, suitable, dexterous, expert, adroit, apt. 46. See property.

Good is common as an adverb in informal speech, especially after forms of do: He did good on the test. She sees good with her new glasses. This use does not occur in formal speech or edited writing, where the adverb well is used instead: He did well on the test. She sees well with her new glasses.
The adjective good is standard after linking verbs like taste, smell, look, feel, be, and seem: Everything tastes good. The biscuits smell good. You're looking good today. When used after look or feel, good may refer to spirits as well as health: I'm feeling pretty good this morning, ready to take on the world. Well is both an adjective and an adverb. As an adjective used after look, feel, or other linking verbs, it often refers to good health: You're looking well; we missed you while you were in the hospital. See also bad. Unabridged
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good (ɡʊd)
adj , better, best
1.  having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities; not negative, bad or mediocre: a good idea; a good teacher
2.  a.  morally excellent or admirable; virtuous; righteous: a good man
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the good
3.  suitable or efficient for a purpose: a good secretary; a good winter coat
4.  beneficial or advantageous: vegetables are good for you
5.  not ruined or decayed; sound or whole: the meat is still good
6.  kindly, generous, or approving: you are good to him
7.  right or acceptable: your qualifications are good for the job
8.  rich and fertile: good land
9.  valid or genuine: I would not do this without good reason
10.  honourable or held in high esteem: a good family
11.  commercially or financially secure, sound, or safe: good securities; a good investment
12.  (of a draft) drawn for a stated sum
13.  (of debts) expected to be fully paid
14.  clever, competent, or talented: he's good at science
15.  obedient or well-behaved: a good dog
16.  reliable, safe, or recommended: a good make of clothes
17.  affording material pleasure or indulgence: the good things in life; the good life
18.  having a well-proportioned, beautiful, or generally fine appearance: a good figure; a good complexion
19.  complete; full: I took a good look round the house
20.  propitious; opportune: a good time to ask the manager for a rise
21.  satisfying or gratifying: a good rest
22.  comfortable: did you have a good night?
23.  newest or of the best quality: to keep the good plates for important guests
24.  fairly large, extensive, or long: a good distance away
25.  sufficient; ample: we have a good supply of food
26.  (US) (of meat) of the third government grade, above standard and below choice
27.  serious or intellectual: good music
28.  used in a traditional description: the good ship ``America''
29.  used in polite or patronizing phrases or to express anger (often intended ironically): how is your good lady?; look here, my good man!
30.  a good one
 a.  an unbelievable assertion
 b.  a very funny joke
31.  as good as virtually; practically: it's as good as finished
32.  as good as gold excellent; very good indeed
33.  be as good as to, be so good as to would you please
34.  come good to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
35.  informal good and (intensifier): good and mad
36.  (intensifier; used in mild oaths): good grief!; good heavens!
37.  an exclamation of approval, agreement, pleasure, etc
38.  moral or material advantage or use; benefit or profit: for the good of our workers; what is the good of worrying?
39.  positive moral qualities; goodness; virtue; righteousness; piety
40.  (sometimes capital) moral qualities seen as a single abstract entity: we must pursue the Good
41.  a good thing
42.  economics a commodity or service that satisfies a human need
43.  for good, for good and all forever; permanently: I have left them for good
44.  make good
 a.  to recompense or repair damage or injury
 b.  to be successful
 c.  to demonstrate or prove the truth of (a statement or accusation)
 d.  to secure and retain (a position)
 e.  to effect or fulfil (something intended or promised)
45.  good on you, good for you well done, well said, etc: a term of congratulation
46.  (Irish) get any good of, get some good of
 a.  to handle to good effect: I never got any good of this machine
 b.  to understand properly: I could never get any good of him
 c.  to receive cooperation from
[Old English gōd; related to Old Norse gōthr, Old High German guot good]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. god (with a long "o") "having the right or desirable quality," from P.Gmc. *gothaz (cf. O.N. goðr, Du. goed, Ger. gut, Goth. goþs), originally "fit, adequate, belonging together," from PIE base *ghedh- "to unite, be associated, suitable" (cf. O.C.S. godu "pleasing time," Rus. godnyi "fit,
suitable," O.E. gædrian "to gather, to take up together"). Irregular comparatives (better, best) reflect a widespread pattern, cf. L. bonus, melior, optimus. First record of good day is from c.1200. Goods "property" first recorded late 13c., but singular in the same sense was in O.E. The good neighbours is Scot. euphemism for "the fairies" (1580s). Good-for-nothing is from 1711; good-looking is from 1780; good-natured first recorded 1570s. Good sport is from 1917; good to go is attested from 1989.
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Idioms & Phrases

good for

  1. Beneficial to, as in Milk is good for children. [Tenth century a.d.]

  2. Financially reliable, able to pay or repay, as in They know he's good for a big tip. [Mid-1800s]

  3. Able to serve or continue to function, as in This furniture's good for at least ten more years, or I hope you're not tiredI'm good for another three miles or so. [Mid-1800s]

  4. Equivalent in value; also, valid for. For example, These coupons are good for a 20 percent discount, or This contract is good for the entire life of the book. [Second half of 1800s]

  5. good for someone. An expression of approval, as in Good for Billhe's sold the car, or Good for you! You passed the exam. This usage differs from the others in that orally a slight emphasis is placed on you or whoever is being mentioned. [Mid-1800s]

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