good - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    of a high quality or standard

    We saw a really good film last night.

    They were all dressed in their best clothes.

    These dishes are too good to use every day.

    How good is his English?

  2. 2
    able to do something well

    Francine was a very good cook.

    good at:

    Bob is pretty good at fixing things.

    1. a.
      able to deal with someone or something well, or able to use something well
      good with:

      Gina has always been good with animals.

      Jake is really good with his hands (=skilful at making or doing things using his hands).

  3. 3
    having the necessary qualities

    This rock will make a good paperweight.

    good for:

    Electric cars are good for driving around town.

    1. a.
      reasonable or sensible

      Dad gave me some really good advice.

      This is surely the best argument against the death penalty.

      Give me one good reason why I should lend you money.

    2. b.
      suitable and likely to produce the results or conditions you want

      Now would be a good time to ask for a pay rise.

      What’s the best way to get to the motorway from here?

    3. c.

      What’s a good time to call you?

      good for:

      Thursday is good for me – can you make it then?

  4. 4
    honest and morally correct

    George had always tried to lead a good life.

    It would be good if you gave the money back.

    1. a.
      willing to obey and behave in a socially correct way

      Ruth’s children are always so good.

      as good as gold:

      He sat there as good as gold the whole time.

      be a good boy/girl:

      Be a good boy and play quietly.

    2. c.
      kind, generous, and willing to help
      good to:

      Helen’s parents were always good to us.

      good about:

      Sheryl’s brother has been good about helping out with the new baby.

      it is good of someone to do something:

      It was so good of you to come.

  5. 5
    giving you a happy or pleasant feeling

    We had such a good time in Madrid.

    A hot bath would be good now.

    One more piece of good news: Beth had a bouncing baby girl!

    it is/feels good to do something:

    It’s good to finally meet you.

  6. 7
    feeling healthy

    I don’t feel very good – I’m going to lie down.

    1. a.
      feeling happy

      He’s not in a very good mood.

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    2. b.
      making you healthy or happy
      good for:

      Exercise is good for you.

      it is good (for someone) to do something:

      It’s not good to eat so much junk food.

    3. c.
      giving benefits to something
      good for:

      The recent tax cuts will be good for business.

  7. 8
    fairly large in amount, size, range etc

    He earns a good salary as a consultant.

    The library has a good selection of computer books.

    1. a.
      a good many/few informal a large number of people or things

      They’ve known each other for a good many years.

  8. 9
    not damaged or spoiled in any way and still able to be used or eaten

    Do you think the eggs are still good?

    1. a.
      able to be legally used or officially accepted
      good for:

      The tickets are good for three weeks.

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    2. b.
      still able to be used for a particular period of time or a particular distance
      good for:

      I think these trousers are good for another few months.

    3. c.
      able to be used because of being real and not false

      a good £20 note

  9. 10
    spoken used for saying that you are pleased with someone, or are pleased about something

    ‘They should be here in half an hour.’ ‘Good.’

    Oh, good, you remembered to buy the milk.

    1. a.
      used when talking about what has been decided or agreed

      Good. Then we’ll meet at midday in front of the theatre.

  10. 11
    having a high and respected position in society

    He comes from a very good family.

    Your accent doesn’t make you better than me.

  11. 12
    reliable and likely to earn a lot of money for you

    Tony has a good job at the post office.

    They made some good investments.

  12. 13
    giving you a lot of value for something you are buying or selling

    Thirty pounds is a good price for jeans.

    We got a good deal on our plane tickets.

  13. 14
    thorough and complete

    The witness said she got a good look at his face.

    What I need is a good night’s sleep.

  14. 16
    a ball that is good in a game such as tennis lands inside the area in which the game is played
  15. 17
    informal more than a particular distance, amount, age etc

    We’ve been waiting for a good half hour.

  16. 18
    if there is a good chance of something happening, it is likely to happen

    There’s a good chance of showers tonight.

  17.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    have a good one! spoken goodbye and have a good day

    Customer: Thank you! Cashier: You are welcome! Have a good one!

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 12/11/2014
  18.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    I'm good informal No, thank you

    - Would you like some ice-cream? - I'm good.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 28/07/2016
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