adverb comparative better superlative best
- 1 (to high standard, satisfactorily)(sing/write/work)I can't swim as well as he can
bienno sé nadar tan bien como élhe's managing as well as can be expectedse las arregla bien dentro de lo que cabeI explained it as well as I couldlo expliqué lo mejor que pudewell said!¡bien dicho!to do wellyou did very welllo hiciste muy bienhe's doing very wellle van muy bien las cosasshe did well in historyle fue muy bien en historiaI think I did quite well to get 30%creo que no estuve nada mal sacándome el 30%mother and baby are both doing wellmadre e hijo se encuentran muy bienhe's done well for himselfse ha sabido forjar una posiciónwell done!¡así se hace!to go well (performance/operation)
¡muy bien!salir biento live wellvivir bien→ worth 1 2Example sentences
- My mash was creamy and tasty, and the leeks complemented the hotpot well.
- The ciabatta, crisp and coated in garlic was an excellent accompaniment and mixed well with the coulee.
- With the Community Hall progressing well, local clubs are planning for the future.
- I've always run really well in practice, and I have been fortunate to qualify well.
- Fortunately, it's worked out well and been a financial success, but did we know that going in?
- If Fernando has done well there is praise, if he had been booked or cost Rangers a goal there is criticism and a tantrum.
- 2 (thoroughly)(wash/dry/know)I can well understand your concern
bienentiendo perfectamente su preocupaciónit was well worth the effortrealmente valió la penaI'm only too well aware of the dangerme doy perfecta cuenta del peligrohe knows only too well that …
tengo plena conciencia del peligrobien sabe or sabe de sobra que …well and truly [colloquial]our team was well and truly beatennuestro equipo recibió una soberana paliza [colloquial]I'm well and truly fed upestoy requeteharto [colloquial]he was well and truly drunkestaba pero bien borracho or completamente borrachoto be well away [colloquial]the thieves will be well away by nowlos ladrones ya deben estar lejostwo beers and he's well away (British English)con dos cervezas le alcanza para ponerse alegreExample sentences
- Gently stir together the first six ingredients with a pinch of salt until well mixed.
- Most cookbooks get over this difficult stage by saying mix thoroughly and knead well.
- Stir in the rice and break up any clumps so that all the grains get coated individually and everything mixes up well.
- 3 3.1 (considerably) (no comparative) I was home well before twollegué a casa bastante antes de las dosuntil well into the next centuryhasta bien entrado el siglo que viene3.2 (with justification) how did he pay for it? — you may well ask!¿y cómo lo pagó? — ¡muy buena pregunta!she was horrified, as well she might bese horrorizó, y con razónshe couldn't very well deny it¿cómo iba a negarlo?Example sentences
- From that moment on I vowed to plan my costume well in advance and put a little thought into it.
- The key to planning a holiday for a large party is to book well in advance to ensure you all fly together and stay in the same hotel.
- Plans to extend the fishery are well advanced and it is hoped to commence work in the next few weeks.
- 4 4.1 (advantageously)(marry)to do well to +
infinitivehacer bien en +you'd do well to bear that in mind infinitive
infinitiveharías bien en or deberías tenerlo en cuentashe'd be well advised to see a lawyersería aconsejable que consultara a un abogadoto come off well o do well out of somethingsalir bien parado de algoI'm well out of that jobgracias a Dios me libré de aquel trabajo4.2 (favorably) to speak well of somebodyhablar bien de alguiento think well of somebodytener buena opinión de alguienExample sentences
- They were a family line who seemed to have specialised in marrying well.
- Olga predicated that it would him and myself who would marry well into St Petersburg society.
- She had been considered very attractive when she was younger, and had married well at the time.
- 5 (in phrases) 5.1as well (in addition) are they coming as well?¿ellos también vienen?and she lied to me as well!¡y además me mintió!5.2as well as (in addition to) he designs as well as makes themademás de hacerlos los diseñaas well as that, there's the question of moneyaparte or además de eso está la cuestión del dineroat night as well as during the daytanto de noche como durante el díaI can't carry his bags as well as my ownno puedo llevar mis maletas y las suyas5.3may/might as wellI might as well not bother, for all the notice they takepara el caso que me hacen, no sé por qué me molesto or no vale la pena que me molestewhy don't we finish it while we're at it? — we may as well!¿ya que estamos por qué no lo terminamos? — pues sí ¿por qué no?now you've told him, you may as well give it to him!ahora que se lo has dicho dáselo ¿total?
adjective comparative better superlative best
- 1 (healthy) to be wellestar bienyou look welltienes buena cara or buen aspectohow are you? — I'm very well, thank you¿cómo estás? — muy bien, graciashe's not a well man (British English)no tiene muy buena saludget well soon!Example sentences
- Get well wishes were sent to Mary Foyle who is recovering after her recent illness.
- It has also correctly labelled as disease free most, but not all, of the well people.
- Mason Brown took remedial action, prescribed his own cure and is now completely well.
- 2 (pleasing, satisfactory) all is not wellalgo va malis all well with your family?¿tu familia? ¿todos bien?that's all well and good, but …todo eso está muy bien, pero …it's all very well for him to talk, but …él podrá decir todo lo que quiera pero …all's well that ends well
es muy fácil hablar, pero …bien está lo que bien acaba→ aloneExample sentences
- To this I wish Cllr Clarke well and hope she will help to carry on the Town Council's good name and work.
- We wish St. Declan's well and hope they will retain this flag for many years to come.
- We wish him well and let us hope his first game against the Dubs ends in success.
- 3 3.1 (desirable, advisable) [formal] it would be well if …sería conveniente que …3.2as wellit would be as well to keep this quietmejor no decir nada de estoit's just as well I've got some money with memenos mal que llevo dinero encimaI didn't see her this morning — that's just as wellesta mañana no la vi — pues menos mal or mejor para tiExample sentences
- But would it not be well to limit grand juries to the investigation of felons, and leave misdemeanors to inferior courts?
- Only--if we decide to buy, it would be well to be moved in and settled before winter.
- 1 1.1 (introducing topic, sentence) well, shall we get started?bueno or bien ¿empezamos?well now o then, what's the problem?a ver ¿qué es lo que pasa?1.2 (continuing) well, as I was saying …bien or bueno, como iba diciendo …1.3 (expressing hesitation) well, I'll have to think about itpues no sé, tendré que pensarlohe's a bit, well, you know, stupides un poco … bueno tú ya sabes, tontodo you like it? — well …¿te gusta? — pues or (especially Latin America) este …
- 2 2.1 (expressing surprise) well, well, well! look who's here!¡vaya, vaya! or ¡anda! ¡mira quién está aquí!well, I never o (in British English also) never did! [dated]¡qué increíble!well, I'll be! (American English)¡mira tú!2.2 (expressing indignation) well! if that's how you feel … ! well! he can talk!¡mira quién para hablar!2.3 (dismissively)¡bah!2.4 (expressing resignation) (oh) well, that's the way it goesbueno … ¡qué se le va a hacer!(oh) well, you can always try again
- 1 1.1 (for water) 1.2 (for oil, gas)Example sentences
- Different concentrations of ground water nitrate were obtained by drilling irrigation wells into two aquifers.
- The water available in villages is drawn from wells sunk in tanks and lakes.
- Water for human consumption was traditionally obtained from wells, ponds, or rivers.
- 2 2.1 (for stairs)caja (feminine) or hueco (masculine) de la escalera2.2 (for ventilation)(British English)2.3 (in UK lawcourt)
patio (masculine) (de luces or de luz)
pozo (masculine) de aire(área donde se sientan los abogados)Example sentences
- Other copies of which are available in the well of the court for any member of the public who wishes to read it.
- To summarize, spoken language interpreters are stationed in the well of the courtroom only when there is a NES witness involved.
- Also, only members of the bar are to be seated inside the rail and in the well of the Court.
- Hundreds of builders work like ants to construct walls, foundations, stairs, lift wells.
- It is pulled inside and set in place before the front center console, lighted front door step wells and rear ‘kick guards’ are installed.
- It took four years and over £1m to build the Midland, its six storeys arranged in a figure of eight around two wells, allowing as much natural light to the interior as possible.
- the tears welled to her eyesExample sentences
- The researchers think the water welled up from beneath the planet's surface about five million years ago.
- The new cut on her hand glinted in the light, as the beads of blood welled up to the surface.
- As he thought the name, a single tear welled up and rolled down the Ursine's brown muzzle.
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