Synonyms of well in English:

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  • 1 I am sure you will behave well
    satisfactorily, in a satisfactory manner/way, nicely, correctly, rightly, properly, fittingly, suitably, aptly, appropriately
    [Antonyms] badly
  • 2 they get on well together
    harmoniously, agreeably, pleasantly, nicely, happily, politely, amicably, amiably, affably, genially, peaceably
    informal famously
    [Antonyms] badly
  • 3 he plays the piano well
    skilfully, with skill, ably, competently, proficiently, adeptly, adroitly, deftly, dexterously, effectively, expertly, with expertise, admirably, excellently, consummately, professionally
    [Antonyms] poorly
  • 4 treating employees well makes good business sense
    decently, fairly, civilly, politely, genially, kindly, in a kind/kindly way, generously, hospitably;
    respectably, honestly
    [Antonyms] harshly
  • 5 mix the ingredients well
    thoroughly, completely, efficiently, rigorously, effectively, conscientiously, industriously, carefully
  • 6 I know her quite well
    intimately, thoroughly, fully, deeply, profoundly, personally
  • 7 the company has obviously studied the car market well
    carefully, closely, attentively, rigorously, in depth, exhaustively, from top to bottom, minutely, in detail, meticulously, scrupulously, assiduously, conscientiously, painstakingly, methodically, completely, comprehensively, fully, to the fullest extent, intensively, extensively
    [Antonyms] casually, negligently
  • 8 they all speak well of him
    admiringly, highly, approvingly, favourably, appreciatively, warmly, enthusiastically, glowingly, with admiration, with praise, with approbation
    [Antonyms] scornfully
  • 9 she hopes to make enough money to live well
    comfortably, in comfort, in (the lap of) luxury, in ease, splendidly, prosperously, without hardship
  • 10 you may well be right
    quite possibly, conceivably, quite likely, probably;
    undoubtedly, certainly, unquestionably;
  • 11 he is well over forty
    considerably, very much, greatly, to a great/marked extent/degree, a great deal, markedly, decidedly, substantially, easily, comfortably, materially, significantly, signally
    informal seriously
    [Antonyms] barely, little
  • 12 she could well afford it
    easily, comfortably, readily, with ease, without difficulty, effortlessly
    [Antonyms] barely
  • Phrases

    as well
    ducks eat waterweed and tadpoles as well
    as well as
    we sell books as well as newspapers
    well up on
    I thought I was pretty well up on my internet jargon but I'm stumped on that one
    [Antonyms] ignorant of, unfamiliar with
    well versed in, well informed about, conversant with, knowledgeable about, informed about, abreast of, apprised of, up to date on, au courant with;
    familiar with, acquainted with, au fait with, at home with, no stranger to;
    experienced in, proficient in, practised in, skilled in
    informal up to speed on, clued up on, genned up on, plugged into
    formal cognizant of
    dated perfect in


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  • 1 it would be some time before she was completely well
    healthy, in good health, all right, fine, fit, fighting fit, as fit as a fiddle, as fit as a flea, robust, strong, vigorous, blooming, thriving, bursting with health, in rude health, hale, hale and hearty, hearty, in good shape, in excellent shape, in good condition, in tip-top condition, in good trim, in fine fettle, sound, sound in body and limb
    [Antonyms] poorly
  • 2 all is not well in further education
    satisfactory, all right, fine, in order, as it should be, acceptable
    informal OK, fine and dandy, hunky-dory
    North American & Australian/New Zealand informal jake
    British informal, dated tickety-boo
    [Antonyms] unsatisfactory
  • 3 it would be well to know just what this suggestion entails
    advisable, sensible, prudent, politic, commonsensical, wise, canny, judicious, shrewd, expedient, provident, recommended, advantageous, beneficial, profitable, gainful, desirable;
    a good idea
    [Antonyms] inadvisable
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    well 2


  • 1
    borehole, spring, waterhole, bore, shaft
  • 2 it is not a priest's function to be a bottomless well of uncritical forgiveness
    source, supply, wellspring, fount, fountainhead, reservoir, mine, fund, bank, repository, storehouse, treasury
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  • tears were beginning to well from her eyes
    burst, issue, discharge;
    spill, overflow, brim over
    rare disembogue
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