wel|come1 W2S3 [ˈwelkəm] v [T]
1.) to say hello in a friendly way to someone who has just arrived
= ↑greet
I must be there to welcome my guests.
They welcomed us warmly .
His family welcomed me with open arms (=in a very friendly way) .
2.) to be glad to accept something
The college welcomes applications from people of all races.
We would welcome any advice or suggestions with open arms .
3.) to be glad that something has happened because you think it is a good idea
Economists have welcomed the decision to raise interest rates.
welcome 2
welcome2 W3S2 adj
1.) if someone is welcome in a place, other people are glad that they are there
I had the feeling I wasn't really welcome.
I didn't feel welcome in the club.
Mary made us very welcome .
We try to make the new students feel welcome .
2.) if something is welcome, you enjoy it because you feel that you need it
The weekend was a welcome break from the pressures of work.
Six months in Scotland would make a welcome change from London.
A cup of tea would be very welcome.
3.) if something is welcome, you are glad that it has happened
The increase in interest rates is welcome news for investors.
This new funding will come as a welcome boost for the industry.
4.) be welcome to sth
spoken used to say that someone can have something if they want it, because you certainly do not want it
If you want to take the job you're welcome to it!
5.) be welcome to do sth
spoken used to invite someone to do something if they would like to
You're welcome to stay for lunch.
6.) you're welcome!
spoken a polite way of replying to someone who has just thanked you for something
'Thanks for the coffee.' 'You're welcome.'
welcome 3
welcome3 n [singular]
1.) the way in which you greet someone when they arrive at a place
warm/friendly welcome
His colleagues gave him a very warm welcome when he returned to work.
You can be sure of a friendly welcome at all our hotels.
The president got a tremendous welcome at the airport.
2.) the way in which people react to an idea, and show that they like it or do not like it
Politicians have given an enthusiastic welcome to the Queen's speech.
The proposals have so far received a cautious welcome from government ministers.
3.) outstay/overstay your welcome
to stay at someone's house longer than they want you to
welcome 4
welcome4 interjection
[: Old English; Origin: wilcume, from wilcuma 'person you are glad to have as a guest', from willa ( WILL2) + cuma 'someone who comes'; influenced by well]
used to greet someone who has just arrived
welcome to
Welcome to London!
Welcome back - it's good to see you again.
Hello, welcome home .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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