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adverb well pronunciation in American English /wel/
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  1. 1
    in a skillful or effective way
    She speaks Japanese well.
    very/rather/fairly/quite well: He plays the piano very well for someone of his age.
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    1. a.
      in a complete or thorough way
      Shake the can well before opening.
      I don’t know these people very well.
    2. b.
      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.
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  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.
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