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Pronunciation of Well: Learn how to pronounce Well in English correctly

Learn how to say Well correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.

Oxford dictionary definition of the word well:

adverb (better, best)
1in a good or satisfactory way:
the whole team played well
in a way that is appropriate to the facts or circumstances:
you did well to come and tell me
[as submodifier, in combination]:
a well-timed exit
so as to have a fortunate outcome:
his campaign was not going well
in a kind way:
the animals will remain loyal to humans if treated well
with praise or approval:
people spoke well of him
the film was quite well reviewed at the time
with equanimity:
she took it very well, all things considered
profitably; advantageously:
she would marry well or not at all
in a condition of prosperity or comfort:
they lived well and were generous with their money
archaic luckily; opportunely:
hail fellow, well met
2in a thorough manner:
add the mustard and lemon juice and mix well
to a great extent or degree (often used for emphasis):
the visit had been planned well in advance
[as submodifier, in combination]:
a well-loved colleague
a well-deserved reputation
intimately; closely:
he knew my father very well
[as submodifier] British informal very; extremely:
he was well out of order
[with submodifier] used as an intensifier:
I should jolly well hope so
3 [with modal] very probably; in all likelihood:
being short of breath may well be the first sign of asthma
without difficulty:
she could well afford to pay for the reception herself
with good reason:
‘What are we doing here?’ ‘You may well ask.’
adjective (better, best)
[predic.]
1in good health; free or recovered from illness:
I don’t feel very well
it would be some time before Sarah was completely well
[attributive]: informal
I am not a well man
in a satisfactory state or position:
I do hope all is well with you and your family
2sensible; advisable:
it would be well to know just what this suggestion entails
exclamation
used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief:
Well, really! The manners of some people!
used when pausing to consider one’s next words, to mark the resumption or end of a conversation, etc.:
well, I suppose I could fit you in at 3.45
well, cheers, Tom—I must fly
used to indicate that one is waiting for an answer or explanation from someone:
Well? You promised to tell me all about it
Phrases
as well
1in addition; too:
the museum provides hours of fun and a few surprises as well
2 (also just as well) with equal reason or an equally good result:
I may as well have a look
sensible, appropriate, or desirable:
it would be as well to let him go
as well as
and in addition; and also:
a shop that sold books as well as newspapers
as well he (or she etc.) might (or may)
used to convey the speaker’s opinion that a reaction is appropriate or unsurprising:
she sounded rather chipper, as well she might, given her bright prospects
be well away
British informal having made considerable or easy progress:
if we got Terry to do that, we’d be well away
be well in with
informal have a good relationship with (someone in a position of influence or authority):
you’re well in with O’Brien aren’t you
be well out of
British informal be fortunate to be no longer involved in (a situation).
very well
see very.
(all) well and good
used to express acceptance of a first statement before introducing a contradictory or confirming second statement:
that’s all well and good, but why didn’t he phone her to say so?
well and truly
completely:
Leith was well and truly rattled
well enough
to a reasonable degree:
he liked Isobel well enough, but wouldn’t want to make a close friend of her
well worth
certainly worth:
Salzburg is well worth a visit
Derivatives
wellness
noun
Origin:
Old English wel(l), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wel and German wohl; probably also to the verb will1. Vowel lengthening in Middle English gave rise to the current Scots form weel