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adjective good pronunciation in British English /ɡʊd/
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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. 6
    Carol looks good with short hair, don’t you think?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
    1. a.
      expensive, or used by people with a high position in society
      We moved to a smaller house in a good area.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 14
    thorough and complete
    The witness said she got a good look at his face.
    What I need is a good night’s sleep.
  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.



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