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welcome

wel·come
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel-kuh m]
    • /ˈwɛl kəm/
    • /ˈwelkəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel-kuh m]
    • /ˈwɛl kəm/

Definitions of welcome word

  • noun welcome a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome. 1
  • verb with object welcome to greet the arrival of (a person, guests, etc.) with pleasure or kindly courtesy. 1
  • verb with object welcome to receive or accept with pleasure; regard as pleasant or good: to welcome a change. 1
  • verb with object welcome to meet, accept, or receive (an action, challenge, person, etc.) in a specified, especially unfriendly, manner: They welcomed him with hisses and catcalls. 1
  • adjective welcome gladly received, as one whose arrival gives pleasure: a welcome visitor. 1
  • adjective welcome agreeable, as something arriving, occurring, or experienced: a welcome rest. 1

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Origin of welcome

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse velkominn, equivalent to vel well1 + kominn come (past participle); replacing Old English wilcuma one who is welcome, equivalent to wil- welcome (see will2) + cuma comer

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Parts of speech for Welcome

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

welcome popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

welcome usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for welcome

verb welcome

  • greet — to lament; bewail.
  • receive — to take into one's possession (something offered or delivered): to receive many gifts.
  • hail — to pour down on as or like hail: The plane hailed leaflets on the city.
  • meet — greatest lower bound
  • salute — Military. to pay respect to or honor by some formal act, as by raising the right hand to the side of the headgear, presenting arms, firing cannon, dipping colors, etc.

noun welcome

  • greeting — the act or words of a person who greets.
  • reception — the act of receiving or the state of being received.
  • salutation — the act of saluting.
  • red carpet — a red strip of carpet placed on the ground for high-ranking dignitaries to walk on when entering or leaving a building, vehicle, or the like.
  • hospitality — the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.

interjection welcome

  • hey — Used to attract attention, to express surprise, interest, or annoyance, or to elicit agreement.
  • buenos dias — good day; good morning
  • bonjour — hello
  • shalom — Hebrew word for peace

adjective welcome

  • at home — If you feel at home, you feel comfortable in the place or situation that you are in.
  • comfortable — If a piece of furniture or an item of clothing is comfortable, it makes you feel physically relaxed when you use it, for example because it is soft.
  • at ease — If you are at ease, you are feeling confident and relaxed, and are able to talk to people without feeling nervous or anxious. If you put someone at their ease, you make them feel at ease.
  • wanted — to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new.
  • comfy — A comfy item of clothing, piece of furniture, room, or position is a comfortable one.

Antonyms for welcome

verb welcome

  • snub — to treat with disdain or contempt, especially by ignoring.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  • deny — When you deny something, you state that it is not true.
  • dispute — to engage in argument or debate.
  • exclude — Deny (someone) access to or bar (someone) from a place, group, or privilege.

noun welcome

  • farewellCape, a cape in S Greenland: most southerly point of Greenland.
  • goodbye — a farewell.

adjective welcome

  • unwelcome — a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.
  • untimely — not timely; not occurring at a suitable time or season; ill-timed or inopportune: An untimely downpour stopped the game.
  • disagreeable — contrary to one's taste or liking; unpleasant; offensive; repugnant.
  • bad — Something that is bad is unpleasant, harmful, or undesirable.
  • unpleasant — not pleasant; displeasing; disagreeable; offensive: an unpleasant taste; an unpleasant situation; an unpleasant manner.

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