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verb [transitive] welcome pronunciation in British English /ˈwelkəm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewelcoming
past tensewelcomed
past participlewelcomed
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  1. 1
    to greet someone in a polite and friendly way when they have come to see you or to help you
    Some hotels do not even welcome guests in their own language.
    warmly welcome (=with enthusiasm): Visitors will be warmly welcomed.
  2. 2
    to say that you approve of something that has happened or that you are pleased about it
    They welcomed the new proposals.
    The move has been welcomed by environmentalists.
    The announcement will be widely welcomed (=welcomed by many people).
    welcome something as something: The president welcomed the accord as a step towards political stability.
  3. 3
    to say that you are pleased to accept or consider something such as an opportunity or a question
    We welcome suggestions from our readers.
    The faculty welcomes prospective students wishing to visit departments.
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  4. 4
    to celebrate an event
    Fireworks welcomed the New Year in Moscow’s Red Square.


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