American English

Definition of welcome adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1that you are pleased to have, receive, etc. a welcome sight Your letter was very welcome. The fine weather made a welcome change.
  2. 2(of people) accepted or wanted somewhere Children are always welcome at the hotel. Our neighbors made us welcome as soon as we arrived. I had the feeling we were not welcome at the meeting. a welcome guest
  3. 3welcome to do something (informal) used to say that you are happy for someone to do something if they want to They're welcome to stay here as long as they like. You're welcome to use the pool.
  4. 4welcome to something (informal) used to say that you are very happy for someone to have something because you definitely do not want it It's an awful job. If you want it, you're welcome to it!
  5. Idioms
    you're welcome
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    used as a polite reply when someone thanks you for something “Thanks for your help.” “You're welcome.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: welcome