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adverb well pronunciation in British English /wel/
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  1. 1
    in a skilful or effective way

    She speaks Japanese well.

    very/rather/fairly/quite well:

    He plays the piano very well for someone of his age.

    1. a.
      in a way that is satisfactory

      The boys were not behaving very well.

      pretty well (=fairly well):

      I can see pretty well without my glasses.

    2. b.
      in a complete or thorough way

      Shake the can well before opening.

      I don’t know these people very well.

  2. 2
    very, or very much: used for emphasizing what you are saying
    well aware:

    Rostov was well aware of the scandal he was creating.

    well worth:

    A trip to the new museum is well worth the effort.

    1. a.
      used for emphasizing that a period of time or a distance is long
      well after/before:

      Pete left the party well before you got there.

      well ahead/behind:

      Paula finished the race well ahead of the other runners.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    be well up on sth to know a lot about something; to be well-informed about something

    I'm not very well up on international affairs.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 20/07/2015
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