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wel•come /ˈwɛlkəm/USA pronunciation
interj., n., v., -comed, -com•ing, adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
(used as a greeting, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure):Welcome, stranger!
a kindly greeting or reception:We gave her a warm welcome.
v. [~ + object]
to greet with pleasure or courtesy:We welcomed her into our home.
to invite or accept with pleasure or courtesy:I welcome your comments.
gladly received:a welcome visitor.
agreeable:a welcome rest.
[ be + ~ + to + verb] willingly permitted:You are welcome to try it.
(used in the phrase You're welcome as a response to thanks):"Thank you.'' —"You're welcome.''
wel•come•ness, n. [uncountable]
(wel′kəm), interj., n., v., -comed, -com•ing, adj.
(a word of kindly greeting, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure):Welcome, stranger!
a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure:to give someone a warm welcome.
wear out one's welcome, to make one's visits so frequent or of such long duration that they become offensive:Your cousins have long since worn out their welcome.
to greet the arrival of (a person, guests, etc.) with pleasure or kindly courtesy.
to receive or accept with pleasure; regard as pleasant or good:to welcome a change.
to meet, accept, or receive (an action, challenge, person, etc.) in a specified, esp. unfriendly, manner:They welcomed him with hisses and catcalls.
gladly received, as one whose arrival gives pleasure:a welcome visitor.
agreeable, as something arriving, occurring, or experienced:a welcome rest.
given full right by the cordial consent of others:She is welcome to try it.
without obligation for the courtesy or favor received (used as a conventional response to expressions of thanks):You're quite welcome.
- Scandinavian; compare Old Norse velkominn, equivalent. to vel well1 + kominn come (past participle); replacing Old English wilcuma one who is welcome, equivalent. to wil- welcome (see will2) + cuma comer
- Middle English bef. 900
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welcome /ˈwɛlkəm/ adj
- gladly and cordially received or admitted: a welcome guest
- bringing pleasure or gratitude: a welcome gift
- freely permitted or invited: you are welcome to call
- under no obligation (only in such phrases as you're welcome or he's welcome, as conventional responses to thanks)
- an expression of cordial greeting, esp to a person whose arrival is desired or pleasing
- the act of greeting or receiving a person or thing; reception: the new theory had a cool welcome
- wear out one's welcome ⇒ to come more often or stay longer than is acceptable or pleasing
Etymology: 12th Century: changed (through influence of well1) from Old English wilcuma (agent noun referring to a welcome guest), wilcume (a greeting of welcome), from wil will² + cuman to comeˈwelcomely adv ˈwelcomer n
- to greet the arrival of (visitors, guests, etc) cordially or gladly
- to receive or accept, esp gladly