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Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past.
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Etymology 1

Old English wel.

Adverb

well (comparative better, superlative best)

Positive
well

Comparative
better

Superlative
best

  1. Accurately, competently.
    He does his job well.
  2. Completely, fully.
    A well done steak.
  3. To a significant degree.
    That author is well known.
  4. (UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Very (as a general-purpose intensifier).
    Well wicked!
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Adjective

well (comparative better, superlative best)

Positive
well

Comparative
better

Superlative
best

  1. In good health.
    I had been sick, but now I'm well.
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Interjection

well

  1. Used to introduce a statement that may be contrary to expectations.
    Do you think I care? Well, I don't.
  2. An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled
    Well, well, well, what do we have here?
  3. Used in conversation to fill space (see uh).
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Etymology 2

Old English well.

Noun

Singular
well

Plural
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well ({{{1}}})
  1. A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids.
  2. A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally, a spring.
  3. A small depression suitable for holding liquid, or other objects.
  4. (nautical) A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate.
  5. (nautical) The cockpit of a sailboat.
  6. A well drink.
    They're having a special tonight: $1 wells.
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Etymology 3

Old English weallan.

Verb

Infinitive
to well

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to well (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To seep out of the surface.
    Blood welled from the wound.
Translations

Old English

Etymology

Common Proto-Germanic *wall-, whence also Old High German wella, Old Norse vella.

Noun

well m.

  1. well

Welsh

Pronunciation

Modal expression

  1. Prefer (used with possessive construction)
    Mae well 'da fi ddawnsio na chanu - I prefer to dance than sing
    Mae well gen i de na choffi - I prefer tea to coffee
  2. Had better (used with 'i')
    Well i chi beidio - you had better not

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