Definition of good adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʊd//
    BrE BrE//ˈbetə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbetər//
    , best
    BrE BrE//best//
    ; NAmE NAmE//best//
    Moral, Kind, Good health
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    high quality
  1. 1  of high quality or an acceptable standard a good book good food The piano was in good condition. Your work is just not good enough. The results were pretty good. Sorry, my English is not very good. This is as good a place as any to spend the night. You'll never marry her—she's much too good for you.
  2. pleasant
  3. 2  pleasant; that you enjoy or want Did you have a good time in London? It's good to see you again. This is very good news. Let's hope we have good weather tomorrow. We are still friends, though, which is good. It's a good thing (= it's lucky) you came early.
  4. sensible/strong
  5. 3  sensible, logical or strongly supporting what is being discussed Thank you, good question. Yes, that's a good point. I have good reason to be suspicious. What a good idea! This is a good example of what I mean.
  6. favourable
  7. 4  showing or getting approval or respect The play had good reviews. The hotel has a good reputation. He comes from a good family. Vocabulary BuildingGood and very goodInstead of saying that something is good or very good, try to use more precise and interesting adjectives to describe things: delicious/tasty food an exciting/entertaining/absorbing movie an absorbing/a fascinating/an informative book a pleasant/an enjoyable trip a skilful/talented/fine player impressive/high-quality acting useful/helpful adviceIn conversation you can use words like great, super, wonderful, lovely and excellent. note at nice
  8. skilful
  9. 5  able to do something well to be a good actor/cook good at something to be good at languages/your job good at doing something Nick has always been good at finding cheap flights.
  10. 6  good with something/somebody able to use something or deal with people well She's good with her hands (= able to make things, etc.). He's very good with children.
  11. morally right
  12. 7  morally right; behaving in a way that is morally right She has tried to lead a good life. a good deed Giving her that money was a good thing to do. He is a very good man. See related entries: Moral
  13. following rules
  14. 8  following strictly a set of rules or principles It is good practice to supply a written report to the buyer. She was a good Catholic girl.
  15. kind
  16. 9  willing to help; showing kindness to other people good (to somebody) He was very good to me when I was ill. good (of somebody) (to do something) It was very good of you to come. good (about something) I had to take a week off work but my colleagues were very good about it. See related entries: Kind
  17. child
  18. 10  behaving well or politely You can stay up late if you're good. Get dressed now, there's a good girl.
  19. healthy
  20. 11  healthy or strong Can you speak into my good ear? I don't feel too good today. ‘How are you?’ ‘I'm good.’ (= used as a general reply to a greeting) See related entries: Good health
  21. useful/helpful
  22. 12  good (for somebody/something) having a useful or helpful effect on somebody/something Too much sun isn't good for you. It's probably good for you to get some criticism now and then. (informal) Shut your mouth, if you know what's good for you (= used as a threat).
  23. 13  no good doing something | no good to somebody not having a useful or helpful effect It's no good complaining—they never listen. This book is no good to me: I need the new edition.
  24. suitable
  25. 14  suitable or appropriate Now is a good time to buy a house. good for something/to do something She would be good for the job. good for somebody Can we change our meeting? Monday isn't good (= convenient) for me.
  26. showing approval
  27. 15  (informal) used to show that you approve of or are pleased about something that has been said or done, or to show that you want to move on to a new topic of conversation ‘Dinner's ready.’ ‘Good—I'm starving.’ ‘I got the job.’ ‘Oh, good.’ Good, I think we've come to a decision.
  28. 16  [only before noun] (informal) used as a form of praise Good old Jack! ‘I've ordered some drinks.’ ‘Good man!’
  29. in exclamations
  30. 17(informal) used in exclamations Good heavens! Good God!
  31. large
  32. 18[only before noun] great in number, amount or degree a good many people The kitchen is a good size. We spent a good while (= quite a long time) looking for the house. He devoted a good deal of (= a lot of) attention to the problem. There's a good chance (= it is likely) that I won't be here next year.
  33. at least
  34. 19not less than; rather more than We waited for a good hour. It's a good three miles to the station.
  35. thorough
  36. 20[only before noun] thorough; complete We had a good laugh about it afterwards. You'll feel better after a good sleep.
  37. amusing
  38. 21[usually before noun] amusing a good story/joke (informal) That's a good one!
  39. for particular time/distance
  40. 22good for something having enough energy, health, strength, etc. to last for a particular length of time or distance You're good for (= you will live) a few years yet.
  41. 23good for something valid for something The ticket is good for three months.
  42. likely to provide
  43. 24good for something likely to provide something He's always good for a laugh. Bobby should be good for a few drinks.
  44. Word OriginOld English gōd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch goed and German gut.Extra examples She was very good to me when my husband died. She’s getting quite good at reading now. She’s good with figures. The food was surprisingly good. Vegetables are good for you. Why ruin a perfectly good story? You’ve done a pretty good job. a really good film ‘But where are we going to stay?’ ‘That’s a very good question.’ ‘How are you?’ ‘I’m good, thanks!’ ‘That’s a good dog,’ I said, patting its head. ‘They won’t be able to find the way without a map.’ ‘ Good point.’ ‘What was the weather like on your holiday?’ ‘Good.’ Are you any good at languages? Can we change the time of the meeting? Monday is no good for me. Citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C. Did you have a good time in America? Do you think she would be good for the job? Get dressed now, there’s a good boy. Get yourself a haircut and a good suit before the interview. He doesn’t seem to have a very good diet. He prayed that God would make him a better person. He’s a good man. Her school report was much better this year. I don’t feel too good today. I had a lot of time off work, but my boss was very good about it. I think that make of car’s pretty good. I took Sarah’s children to school so I’ve done my good deed for the day. I want you all to be good while I’m out of the room. I’m doing good. I’m not really a very good cook. If the weather’s good, we can take a picnic. In good weather, they sometimes went riding. Initial reactions to the proposal have been good so far. It was good of you to come. It would be good if he moved to London. It’d be a good place to go on holiday, but not to live in. It’s no good complaining—they never listen. It’s probably good for you to get some criticism now and again. Jo’s very good with her hands. Let’s hope we have good weather tomorrow. My father once gave me some good advice. Nick has always been good at finding cheap deals. She tried to lead a good life. She’s a really good actor. She’s usually quite good in class. She’s very good with young children. Students are not allowed to miss classes without good reason. That’s a really good idea. The old piano was in good condition. The play had very good reviews. The school has an extremely good reputation. This essay really is very good. Too much sun isn’t good for you. We are still friends though, which is good. We got a pretty good response from our viewers about the programme. You can stay up late if you’re good. You raised several good points in your letter. You’ll have to think of a better excuse than that!Idioms Most idioms containing good are at the entries for the nouns and verbs in the idioms, for example (as) good as gold is at gold.  very nearly The matter is as good as settled. He as good as called me a coward (= suggested that I was a coward without actually using the word ‘coward’). She’s as good as won. used when you are saying that a situation is not going to get any better (of a thing) to be prepared and ready for use; (of a person) to be prepared and ready to do something By tomorrow afternoon the document will be good to go. I’ve spent several months training for this race so now I’m good to go. (informal) completely I won't go until I'm good and ready. several There are still a good few empty seats.
    good for you, somebody, them, etc. (especially Australian English good on you, etc.)
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    (informal) used to praise somebody for doing something well ‘I passed first time.’ ‘Good for you!’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: good