good1 W1S1 [gud] adj comparative better [ˈbetə US -ər] superlative best [best]
1¦(of a high standard)¦
3¦(what you want)¦
8¦(behaving well)¦
9¦(makes you healthy)¦
10¦(keeps something in good condition)¦
11¦(physically well)¦
12¦(not damaged or weak)¦
14¦(morally right)¦
16¦(reasonable price)¦
18 a good deal
19 good value (for money)
20 good for something
21 a good three miles/ten years etc
22 as good as
23 a good few/many
24 too good to be true/to last
25 somebody's too good for somebody
26 in your own good time
27 in good time (for something/to do something)
28 hanging/shooting etc is too good for somebody
29 as good a time/place etc as any
30 be as good as your word
31 a good word for somebody/something
32 be in somebody's good books
33 have a good thing going
34 be onto a good thing
35 make good
35 make it good
36 make good a debt/loss etc
37 make good your escape
38 the good life
39 the good old days
40 somebody's good offices
41 good Samaritan
42 the good book
43 good
44 that's good
45 (that's a) good idea/point/question
46 good luck
47 good luck to him/them etc
48 good for somebody
49 it's a good thing
50 that's/it's not good enough
51 be good and ready
52 that's a good one
53 be good for a laugh
54 good old John/Karen etc
55 good grief/God/Lord/heavens/gracious!
56 good girl/boy/dog etc
57 if you know what's good for you
58 would you be good enough to do something
59 all in good time
60 have a good one
61 be good to go
62 be as good as it gets
63 it's all good
64 very good
65 (jolly) good show
[: Old English; Origin: god]
of a high standard or quality
≠ ↑bad, poor ↑poor
a good hotel
good quality cloth
The train service is not very good.
My French is better than my Spanish.
You'll receive the best medical treatment.
His qualifications aren't good enough .
see usage notewell1
2.) ¦(SKILFUL)¦
able to do something well
She's a very good player.
Do you know a good builder?
good at (doing) sth
Alex is very good at languages.
She's good at making things.
good with
As a politician, you need to be good with words (=skilful at using words) .
He's very good with people (=skilful at dealing with people) .
do/make a good job (of doing sth)
(=do something well)
Mike's done a good job of painting the windows.
used about something that is what you want or happens in the way that you want
≠ ↑bad
That's good news !
I need a bit of good luck .
pleasant and enjoyable
it's good to do sth
It's good to see you again.
have a good time/day/weekend etc
Did you have a good vacation?
That was good fun .
likely to be successful or correct
She's full of good ideas .
Well, can you think of a better plan?
What's the best way to deal with this?
The police have a pretty good idea who did it.
I'm not sure, but I could make a good guess .
6.) ¦(SUITABLE)¦
suitable or convenient
Is this a good time to talk to you?
It was a good place to rest.
good for (doing) sth
It's a good day for going to the beach.
be good for sb
especially AmE
Ten o'clock is good for me.
7.) ¦(USEFUL)¦
useful or helpful
≠ ↑bad
Do you want some good advice ?
The best thing you can do is wait here.
You should make good use of your time.
behaving well and not causing any trouble - used especially about a child
≠ ↑naughty
She's such a good baby.
The kids were as good as gold (=very good) .
be on your best behaviour atbehaviour
likely to make you healthy, either physically or mentally
≠ ↑bad good for
Fresh fruit and vegetables are good for you.
Watching too much TV isn't good for you.
good to eat/drink
They have to learn which wild foods are good to eat.
be good for sth
likely to improve the condition of something
products that are good for the environment
The publicity has been good for business.
11.) ¦(PHYSICALLY WELL)¦ [used especially in negatives and comparatives]
healthy or well
'How are you?' 'Better, thanks.'
Lyn's not feeling too good today.
if the condition of something is good, it is not damaged or weak
in good condition/shape
It's in pretty good condition for an old car.
Boris had always kept his body in good shape.
The Chancellor announced that the economy is in good shape.
Once the boat's repaired, it'll be as good as new (=in perfect condition) .
sb's good eye/arm/leg etc
(=the one that is not damaged)
He sat up, supporting himself on his good arm.
13.) ¦(KIND)¦
kind and understanding about what other people need or want
good about
Dad lent me the money. He was very good about it.
it/that/this is good of sb
It was good of him to offer you a lift.
The company's always been very good to me.
behaving correctly or being right according to accepted moral standards
≠ ↑bad
a good man
I try to be good, but it isn't always easy.
Well, that's my good deed for the day (=something good you try to do for someone else every day) .
I'm on the side of the good guys (=people who behave in a morally right way, for example in a film) .
15.) ¦(LARGE)¦
large in amount, size, range etc
We've had a good crop of apples.
There's a good range of leisure facilities.
I'd been waiting a good while (=a fairly long time) .
Our team has a good chance of winning (=is fairly likely to win) .
a good price is reasonable and not expensive
$30 sounds like a good price to me.
17.) ¦(COMPLETELY/THOROUGHLY)¦ [only before noun]
doing something for a long time, so that you do it completely and thoroughly
You need a good rest .
Take a good look at it.
She sat down and had a good cry .
This time he waited until he was good and ready (=completely ready) .
18.) a good deal
a lot
It cost a good deal, I can tell you.
a good deal of trouble/time/work etc
I went to a good deal of trouble to get this ticket.
a good deal bigger/better etc
He was a good deal older than her.
19.) good value (for money)
BrE something that is good value is not expensive, or is worth what you pay for it
The three-course menu is varied and good value for money.
20.) good for sth
a) able to be used for a particular period of time
= ↑valid
good for one month/a year etc
Your passport is good for another three years.
b) likely to continue living or being useful for a particular time or distance, even though old or not in good condition
good for some time/a hundred miles etc
This old truck is good for another 100,000 miles.
c) informal likely to give you something or provide something
Dad should be good for a few bucks.
21.) a good three miles/ten years etc
at least three miles, ten years etc, and probably more
It's a good mile away.
He's a good ten years younger than her.
22.) as good as
as good as done/finished etc
The summer's as good as over.
as good as dead/ruined/useless etc
This carpet's as good as ruined.
23.) a good few/many
a fairly large number of things or people
I've done this a good few times now.
A good many people were upset about the new tax.
24.) too good to be true/to last informal
so good that you cannot believe it is real, or you expect something bad to happen
Their relationship had always seemed too good to be true.
25.) sb's too good for sb
used to say that you think the second person does not deserve to have a relationship with the first
George is a good lad, too good for you!
26.) in your own good time informal
if you do something in your own good time, you do it only when you are ready to do it, rather than when other people want you to
I'll tell him in my own good time.
27.) in good time (for sth/to do sth)
BrE if you do something in good time, you do it early enough to be ready for a particular time or event
Ben arrived in good time for dinner.
28.) hanging/shooting etc is too good for sb
spoken used to say that someone has done something so bad that they deserve the most severe punishment available
29.) as good a time/place etc as any
used to say that although a time etc is not perfect, there will probably not be a better one
I suppose this is as good a place as any to stay.
30.)be as good as your word
to do something that you promised to do
31.) a good word for sb/sth
something good that you say about someone or something
Dan put in a good word for you at the meeting.
have/find a good word (to say)
No one had a good word to say for her.
32.) be in sb's good books informal
if you are in someone's good books, they are pleased with you or your work
I'll ask my boss for the day off - I'm in her good books just now.
33.) have a good thing going
to have or be doing something that is successful
They've got a good thing going with that little shop of theirs.
34.) be onto a good thing
BrE informal to have found an easy way of being successful or getting what you want
Andrew knew when he was onto a good thing.
35.) make good also make it good
to become successful and rich after being poor - used especially in newspapers
a country boy who made good in New York
36.) make good a debt/loss etc
to pay someone money that you owe, or to provide money to replace what has been lost - used especially in business
The loss to the company was made good by contributions from its subsidiaries.
37.) make good your escape
literary to succeed in escaping
38.) the good life
an expensive way of living with good food, fast cars etc
his weakness for women and the good life
39.) the good old days
the good times in the past
We talked for hours about the good old days.
40.) sb's good offices
formal help that someone provides, especially someone in a position of power
41.) good Samaritan
someone who gives help to people in trouble
42.) the good book
old-fashioned the Bible
so far so good atfar1 (8)
give as good as you get atgive1 (34)
while the going's good atgoing1 (4)
hold good athold1 (14)
for good measure atmeasure2 (8)
pay good money for sth atmoney
bad/good sailor atsailor
that's/it's all well and good atwell3 (4)
43.) spoken good
a) used to say that you are pleased about something
Good. I'm glad that's finished.
'I got an A in Biology, Mum.' ' Oh, good .'
b) used to tell someone that you think their work or what they are doing is good
'Is the answer five?' 'Yes, good.'
44.) spoken that's good
used to say that you approve of something
'I've booked a table.' 'Oh, that's good.'
45.) spoken (that's a) good idea/point/question
used to say that someone has just said or suggested something interesting or important that you had not thought of before
'But it's Sunday, the bank will be closed.' 'Good point.'
46.) spoken good luck
used to say that you hope that someone is successful or that something good happens to them
Good luck in your exams.
47.) spoken good luck to him/them etc
used to say that you hope someone is successful, even if you think this is unlikely
'They're hoping to finish it by November.' 'Good luck to them.'
48.) spoken good for sb
used to say that you approve of something that someone has done
'I've decided to accept the job.' 'Good for you.'
49.) spoken it's a good thing also it's a good job BrE
used to say that you are glad something happened, because there would have been problems if it had not happened
It's a good thing you're at home. I've lost my keys.
and a good thing/job too BrE
She's gone, and a good thing too.
50.) spoken that's/it's not good enough
used to say that you are not satisfied with something and that you are annoyed about it
It's just not good enough. I've been waiting an hour!
51.) spoken be good and ready
to be completely ready
We'll go when I'm good and ready and not before.
52.) spoken that's a good one
used to tell someone that you do not believe something they have said and think it is a joke or a trick
You won $50,000? That's a good one!
53.) spoken be good for a laugh also be a good laugh BrE
to be enjoyable or amusing
It's Hazel's party tomorrow. Should be good for a laugh.
54.) spoken good old John/Karen etc
used to praise someone, especially because they have behaved in the way that you expect them to
Good old Ed! I knew he wouldn't let us down.
55.) spoken good grief/God/Lord/heavens/gracious!
used to express surprise or anger
'It's going to cost us £500.' 'Good grief!'
56.) spoken good girl/boy/dog etc
used to tell a child or animal that they have behaved well or done something well
Sit! Good dog.
57.) spoken if you know what's good for you
used in a threatening way to tell someone to do something or something bad will happen to them
Do as he says, if you know what's good for you!
58.) spoken would you be good enough to do sth also would you be so good as to do sth
formal used to ask someone very politely to do something
Would you be good enough to help me with my bags?
59.) spoken all in good time
BrE used when someone wants to do something soon but you want to wait a little
'When can we open our presents, Mom?' 'All in good time, Billy.'
60.) spoken have a good one
AmE used to say goodbye and to wish someone a nice day
61.) spoken be good to go
AmE informal to be ready to do something
I've got my shoes and I'm good to go.
62.) spoken be as good as it gets
spoken if a situation is as good as it gets, it is not going to improve
Enjoy yourself while you can. This is as good as it gets.
63.) spoken it's all good
especially AmE informal used to say that a situation is good or acceptable, or that there is not a problem
Don't worry about it, man - it's all good.
64.) spoken very good
BrE old-fashioned used to tell someone in a position of authority that you will do what they have asked
'Tell the men to come in.' 'Very good, sir.'
65.) spoken (jolly) good show
BrE old-fashioned used to say that you approve of something someone has done
very good: excellent, fantastic, wonderful, great, terrific, neat (AmE), superb, amazing, outstanding, brilliant, impressive, fine, first-class, out of this world
of good quality: high quality, top quality, superior, deluxe, classy
morally good: decent, virtuous, respectable, honourable (BrE) honorable (AmE), upright, beyond reproach
good 2
good2 n
1.) no good/not much good/not any good
a) not useful or suitable
One lesson's not much good - you need five or six.
'I could come next week.' 'That's no good. I'll be away.'
no good/not much good/not any good for
The land here isn't any good for agricultural crops.
no good/not much good/not any good to
You're no good to me if you can't drive a car.
b) of a low standard or level of ability
The movie wasn't much good.
Is the new headteacher any good?
no good at (doing) sth
I'm no good at speaking in public.
c) morally bad
Stay away from Jerry - he's no good.
2.) it's no good (doing sth)
used to say that an action will not achieve what it is intended to achieve
It's no good telling him - he won't listen.
3.) do some good/do sb good
to have a useful effect
She works for a small charity where she feels she can do some good.
I'll talk to him but I don't think it will do any good.
A bit more exercise would do you good.
do more harm than good atharm1 (1)
4.) what's the good of...?/what good is...?
used to say that it is not worth doing or having something in a particular situation
What's the good of buying a boat if you're too busy to use it?
What good is money when you haven't any friends?
5.) for good
The injury may keep him out of football for good.
6.) for the good of sb/sth
in order to help someone or improve a situation
We must work together for the good of the community.
Take the medicine - it's for your own good !
7.) [U]
behaviour, attitudes, forces etc that are morally right
She is definitely an influence for good on those boys.
There's a lot of good in him, in spite of his rudeness.
the struggle between good and evil
8.) be up to no good informal
to be doing or planning something wrong or dishonest
Those guys look like they're up to no good.
9.) the common/general good
formal the advantage of everyone in society or in a group
countries united for the common good
10.) be (all) to the good
used to say that something that happens is good, especially when it is in addition to or as the result of something else
If further improvements can be made, that would be all to the good.
good 3
good3 adv AmE spoken informal
well. Many teachers think this is not correct English
The business is doing good now.
Listen to me good!

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