Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

well - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

interjection well pronunciation in British English /wel/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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 meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog