There are 2 translations of well in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /wel/

adverb/adverbio (comparative/comparativo better superlative/superlativo, best)

  • 1 (to high standard, satisfactorily) [sing/write/work] bien I can't swim as well as he can no sé nadar tan bien como él he's managing as well as can be expected se las arregla bien dentro de lo que cabe I explained it as well as I could lo expliqué lo mejor que pude well said! ¡bien dicho! to do well you did very well lo hiciste muy bien he's doing very well le van muy bien las cosas she did well in history le fue muy bien en historia I think I did quite well to get 30% creo que no estuve nada mal sacándome el 30% mother and baby are both doing well madre e hijo se encuentran muy bien he's done well for himself se ha sabido forjar una posición well done! ¡así se hace!, ¡muy bien! to go well [performance/operation] salir* bien to live well vivir bien worth 1 2
  • 2 (thoroughly) [wash/dry/know] bien I can well understand your concern entiendo perfectamente su preocupación it was well worth the effort realmente valió la pena I'm only too well aware of the danger me doy perfecta cuenta del peligro, tengo plena conciencia del peligro he knows only too well that … bien sabe or sabe de sobra que … well and truly [colloquial/familiar] our team was well and truly beaten nuestro equipo recibió una soberana paliza [colloquial/familiar] I'm well and truly fed up estoy requeteharto [colloquial/familiar] he was well and truly drunk estaba pero bien borracho or completamente borracho to be well away [colloquial/familiar] the thieves will be well away by now los ladrones ya deben estar lejos two beers and he's well away (British English/inglés británico) con dos cervezas le alcanza para ponerse alegre
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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/sin comparativo) bastante I was home well before two llegué a casa bastante antes de las dos until well into the next century hasta bien entrado el siglo que viene 3.2 (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 be se horrorizó, y con razón she couldn't very well deny it ¿cómo iba a negarlo?
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    • 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] bien to do well to + infinitive/infinitivo hacer* bien en + infinitive/infinitivo, deber + infinitive/infinitivo you'd do well to bear that in mind harías bien en or deberías tenerlo en cuenta she'd be well advised to see a lawyer sería aconsejable que consultara a un abogado to come off well o do well out of sth salir* bien parado de algo I'm well out of that job gracias a Dios me libré de aquel trabajo 4.2 (favorably) to speak well of sb hablar bien de algn to think well of sb tener* buena opinión de algn
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    • 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/en locuciones) 5.1as well (in addition) también 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) además de he designs as well as makes them además de hacerlos los diseña as well as that, there's the question of money aparte or además de eso está la cuestión del dinero at night as well as during the day tanto de noche como durante el día I can't carry his bags as well as my own no puedo llevar mis maletas y las suyas 5.3may/might as well I might as well not bother, for all the notice they take para el caso que me hacen, no sé por qué me molesto or no vale la pena que me moleste why 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/adjetivo (comparative/comparativo better superlative/superlativo, best)

  • 1 (healthy) bien to be well estar* bien you look well tienes buena cara or buen aspecto how are you? — I'm very well, thank you ¿cómo estás? — muy bien, gracias he's not a well man (British English/inglés británico) no tiene muy buena salud get well soon! ¡que te mejores!
  • 2 (pleasing, satisfactory) bien all is not well algo va mal is 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 …, es muy fácil hablar, pero … all's well that ends well bien está lo que bien acaba alone
  • 3 3.1 (desirable, advisable) [formal] conveniente it would be well if … sería conveniente que … 3.2as well it would be as well to keep this quiet mejor no decir nada de esto it's just as well I've got some money with me menos mal que llevo dinero encima I didn't see her this morning — that's just as well esta mañana no la vi — pues menos mal or mejor para ti


  • 1 1.1 (introducing topic, sentence) bueno, bien 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) bien, bueno well, as I was saying … bien or bueno, como iba diciendo … 1.3 (expressing hesitation) well, I'll have to think about it pues no sé, tendré que pensarlo he's a bit, well, you know, stupid es un poco … bueno tú ya sabes, tonto do you like it? — well … ¿te gusta? — pues or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) 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/en inglés británico también) never did! [dated/anticuado] ¡qué increíble! well, I'll be! (American English/inglés norteamericano) ¡mira tú! 2.2 (expressing indignation) bueno well! if that's how you feel … ! bueno, si eso es lo que piensas … well! he can talk! ¡mira quién para hablar! 2.3 (dismissively) ¡bah! 2.4 (expressing resignation) bueno (oh) well, that's the way it goes bueno … ¡qué se le va a hacer! (oh) well, you can always try again bueno, hombre, se puede volver a intentar

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  • 2 2.1 (for stairs) caja (feminine) or hueco (masculine) de la escalera 2.2 (for ventilation) (British English/inglés británico) patio (masculine) (de luces or de luz), pozo (masculine) de aire 2.3 (in UK lawcourt)[ área donde se sientan los abogados ]
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 3 (luck) to wish sb well desearle suerte a algn

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

Phrasal verbs

well up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
(rise) [water] brotar, manar tears welled up in his eyes los ojos se le llenaron de lágrimas he could feel the hatred welling up inside him sentía cómo lo iba invadiendo el odio pity welled up in her heart su corazón se llenó de piedad

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