American English

Definition of welcome noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] something that you do or say to someone when they arrive, especially something that makes them feel you are happy to see them Thank you for your warm welcome. The winners were given an enthusiastic welcome when they arrived home. a speech/smile of welcome to receive a hero's welcome
  2. 2[countable] the way that people react to something, which shows their opinion of it This new comedy deserves a warm welcome. The proposals were given a cautious welcome by the trade unions.
  3. Idioms
    outstay/overstay your welcome
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    to stay somewhere as a guest longer than you are wanted
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: welcome