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Definition of welcome verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they welcome
    he / she / it welcomes
    past simple welcomed
    -ing form welcoming
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to say hello to someone in a friendly way when they arrive somewhere welcome (somebody) They were at the door to welcome us. a welcoming smile welcome somebody to something It is a pleasure to welcome you to our home.
  2. 2[transitive] welcome somebody to be pleased that someone has come or has joined an organization, activity, etc. They welcomed the new volunteers with open arms (= with enthusiasm).
  3. 3[transitive] welcome something to be pleased to receive or accept something I'd welcome any suggestions. Iwarmly welcome this decision. In general, the changes they had made were to be welcomed.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: welcome