welcome - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlewelcoming
past tensewelcomed
past participlewelcomed
  1. 1
    to greet someone in a polite and friendly way when they have come to see you or to help you

    Some hotels do not even welcome guests in their own language.

    warmly welcome (=with enthusiasm):

    Visitors will be warmly welcomed.

  2. 2
    to say that you approve of something that has happened or that you are pleased about it

    The move has been welcomed by environmentalists.

    The announcement will be widely welcomed (=welcomed by many people).

    welcome something as something:

    The president welcomed the accord as a step towards political stability.

  3. 3
    to say that you are pleased to accept or consider something such as an opportunity or a question

    We welcome suggestions from our readers.

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  4. 4
    to celebrate an event

    Fireworks welcomed the New Year in Moscow’s Red Square.