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noun British English pronunciation: welcome /ˈwelkəm/ 
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singularwelcome
pluralwelcomes
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an act of welcoming or greeting someone

    They received a tumultuous welcome.

    The mayor said some words of welcome (=made a short speech to welcome people).

    a warm welcome (=an especially friendly welcome):

    He gave us a warm welcome and invited us to lunch.

    in welcome:

    He held his hand out in welcome.

  2. 2
    [countable] a reaction to a suggestion or decision

    The proposal received an enthusiastic welcome.

    Politicians gave a cautious welcome to the appointment (=were pleased by it but not completely satisfied).

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