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WELCOME

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does welcome mean? 

WELCOME (noun)
  The noun WELCOME has 2 senses:

1. the state of being welcome
2. a greeting or reception

  Familiarity information: WELCOME used as a noun is rare.


WELCOME (adjective)
  The adjective WELCOME has 1 sense:

1. giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted

  Familiarity information: WELCOME used as an adjective is very rare.


WELCOME (verb)
  The verb WELCOME has 3 senses:

1. accept gladly
2. bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
3. receive someone, as into one's house

  Familiarity information: WELCOME used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WELCOME (noun)


Sense 1welcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being welcome

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

don't outstay your welcome

Hypernyms ("welcome" is a kind of...):

acceptance (the state of being acceptable and accepted)


Sense 2welcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A greeting or reception

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the proposal got a warm welcome

Hypernyms ("welcome" is a kind of...):

greeting; salutation ((usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "welcome"):

cordial reception; hospitality (kindness in welcoming guests or strangers)

inhospitality (unkind and inconsiderate welcome)

glad hand (a warm welcome; may be insincere)


WELCOME (adjective)


Sense 1welcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted

Context examples:

a welcome relief / a welcome guest / made the children feel welcome / you are welcome to join us

Also:

wanted (desired or wished for or sought)

Antonym:

unwelcome (not welcome; not giving pleasure or received with pleasure)


WELCOME (verb)


Sense 1welcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Accept gladly

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

I welcome your proposals

Hypernyms (to "welcome" is one way to...):

accept; have; take (receive willingly something given or offered)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2welcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bid welcome to; greet upon arrival

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

welcome; receive

Hypernyms (to "welcome" is one way to...):

greet; recognise; recognize (express greetings upon meeting someone)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

say farewell (say good-bye or bid farewell)


Sense 3welcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Receive someone, as into one's house

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "welcome" is one way to...):

invite; receive; take in (express willingness to have in one's home or environs)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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