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interjection well pronunciation in British English /wel/
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  1. 1
    used for introducing a statement, especially one that you make as a reply
    Well, I agree with you about that.
    Well, I haven’t seen you for a long time.
    1. b.
      used for replying to someone when they are expecting you to sayyes’, but the answer isno
      ‘So you told him what you thought of his idea, then?’ ‘Well, not exactly.’
  2. 2
    used for asking a question or for asking for an explanation
    Well, what did they say?
    Well, who’s responsible for this mess?




a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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