adverb comparative better superlative best
- 1 (to high standard, satisfactorily)(sing/write/work)I can't swim as well as he canhe's managing as well as can be expectedno sé nadar tan bien como élI explained it as well as I couldse las arregla bien dentro de lo que cabewell said!lo expliqué lo mejor que pudeto do wellyou did very well¡bien dicho!he's doing very welllo hiciste muy bienshe did well in historyle van muy bien las cosasI think I did quite well to get 30%le fue muy bien en historiamother and baby are both doing wellcreo que no estuve nada mal sacándome el 30%he's done well for himselfmadre e hijo se encuentran muy bienwell done!se ha sabido forjar una posiciónto go well (performance/operation)¡así se hace!¡muy bien!to live wellsalir bien→ worth 1 2vivir bienExample 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 concernit was well worth the effortentiendo perfectamente su preocupaciónI'm only too well aware of the dangerrealmente valió la penahe knows only too well that …me doy perfecta cuenta del peligrotengo plena conciencia del peligrowell and truly [colloquial]our team was well and truly beatenbien sabe or sabe de sobra que …I'm well and truly fed upnuestro equipo recibió una soberana paliza [colloquial]he was well and truly drunkestoy requeteharto [colloquial]to be well away [colloquial]the thieves will be well away by nowestaba pero bien borracho or completamente borrachotwo beers and he's well away (British English)los ladrones ya deben estar lejoscon 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 twountil well into the next centuryllegué a casa bastante antes de las dos3.2 (with justification) See examples: how did he pay for it? — you may well ask!hasta bien entrado el siglo que vieneshe was horrified, as well she might be¿y cómo lo pagó? — ¡muy buena pregunta!she couldn't very well deny itse horrorizó, y con razón¿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 +
infinitiveyou'd do well to bear that in mindhacer bien en + infinitivedeber + infinitiveshe'd be well advised to see a lawyerharías bien en or deberías tenerlo en cuentato come off well o do well out of somethingsería aconsejable que consultara a un abogadoI'm well out of that jobsalir bien parado de algo4.2 (favorably) See examples: to speak well of somebodygracias a Dios me libré de aquel trabajoto think well of somebodyhablar bien de alguientener 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?and she lied to me as well!¿ellos también vienen?5.2as well as (in addition to) he designs as well as makes them¡y además me mintió!as well as that, there's the question of moneyademás de hacerlos los diseñaat night as well as during the dayaparte or además de eso está la cuestión del dineroI can't carry his bags as well as my owntanto de noche como durante el día5.3may/might as wellI might as well not bother, for all the notice they takeno puedo llevar mis maletas y las suyaswhy don't we finish it while we're at it? — we may as well!para el caso que me hacen, no sé por qué me molesto or no vale la pena que me molestenow you've told him, you may as well give it to him!¿ya que estamos por qué no lo terminamos? — pues sí ¿por qué no?ahora que se lo has dicho dáselo ¿total?
adjective comparative better superlative best
- 1 (healthy) to be wellyou look wellestar bienhow are you? — I'm very well, thank youtienes buena cara or buen aspectohe's not a well man (British English)¿cómo estás? — muy bien, graciasget well soon!no tiene muy buena saludExample 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 wellis all well with your family?algo va malthat's all well and good, but …¿tu familia? ¿todos bien?it's all very well for him to talk, but …todo eso está muy bien, pero …all's well that ends wellél podrá decir todo lo que quiera pero …es muy fácil hablar, pero …→ alonebien está lo que bien acabaExample 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 …3.2as wellit would be as well to keep this quietsería conveniente que …it's just as well I've got some money with memejor no decir nada de estoI didn't see her this morning — that's just as wellmenos mal que llevo dinero encimaesta 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?well now o then, what's the problem?bueno or bien ¿empezamos?1.2 (continuing) well, as I was saying …a ver ¿qué es lo que pasa?1.3 (expressing hesitation) See examples: well, I'll have to think about itbien or bueno, como iba diciendo …he's a bit, well, you know, stupidpues no sé, tendré que pensarlodo you like it? — well …es un poco … bueno tú ya sabes, tonto¿te gusta? — pues or (especially Latin America) este …
- 2 2.1 (expressing surprise) See examples: well, well, well! look who's here!well, I never o (in British English also) never did! [dated]¡vaya, vaya! or ¡anda! ¡mira quién está aquí!well, I'll be! (American English)¡qué increíble!2.2 (expressing indignation) well! if that's how you feel … ! well! he can talk!¡mira tú!2.3 (dismissively)¡mira quién para hablar!2.4 (expressing resignation) (oh) well, that's the way it goes¡bah!(oh) well, you can always try againbueno … ¡qué se le va a hacer!
- 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)2.2 (for ventilation)caja (feminine) or hueco (masculine) de la escalera(British English)2.3 (in UK lawcourt)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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