- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to say hello to somebody 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 [transitive] welcome somebody to be pleased that somebody has come or has joined an organization, activity, etc. They welcomed the new volunteers with open arms (= with enthusiasm).
- 3 [transitive] welcome something to be pleased to receive or accept something I'd welcome any suggestions. I warmly welcome this decision. In general, the changes they had made were to be welcomed. Word Origin Old English wilcuma ‘a person whose coming is pleasing’, wilcumian (verb), from wil- ‘desire, pleasure’ + cuman ‘come’. The first element was later changed to wel- ‘well’, influenced by Old French bien venu or Old Norse velkominn.Extra examples Economists cautiously welcomed the president’s initiative. Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister’s initiative. He welcomed us into the club. If you visit our town you will be warmly welcomed. Many companies have warmly welcomed these changes in legislation. The proposals have been widely welcomed. The school is preparing to welcome the new intake of students. The whole family turned out to welcome him back. We are delighted to welcome you to our company. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community. I’d welcome any suggestions. She gave me a welcoming smile. They welcomed the new volunteers with open arms.
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BrE BrE//ˈwelkəm//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they welcome
BrE BrE//ˈwelkəm//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəm//he / she / it welcomes
BrE BrE//ˈwelkəmz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəmz//past simple welcomed
BrE BrE//ˈwelkəmd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəmd//past participle welcomed
BrE BrE//ˈwelkəmd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəmd//-ing form welcoming
BrE BrE//ˈwelkəmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəmɪŋ//