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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb welcome:


The word welcome is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun welcome

What does welcome mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: welcomes

  1. the state of being welcome
    • example: don't outstay your welcome
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: acceptance = the state of being acceptable and accepted
  2. a greeting or reception

Alternative definition of the noun welcome


  1. The act of greeting someone’s arrival, especially by saying "Welcome!"; reception.
  2. The utterance of such a greeting.

Definition of the adjective welcome

What does welcome mean as an attribute of a noun?

Welcome is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more welcome / welcomer |

  1. giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted
    • examples: a welcome relief | a welcome guest | made the children feel welcome | you are welcome to join us
    • antonym: unwelcome
    • see also: wanted

Alternative definition of the adjective welcome


  1. Whose arrival is a cause of joy.

Definition of the verb welcome

What does welcome mean as a doing word?

Welcome is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: welcomed | welcoming | welcomes

  1. accept gladly
  2. bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
  3. receive someone, as into one's house
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]She admitted us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Location, locative adverb]She admitted us here
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location, but not region]She allowed us near the house

      Admit Verbs (with the same syntax): admit, allow, exclude, include, permit.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: invite / receive / take in = express willingness to have in one's home or environs

Alternative definition of the verb welcome


  1. to affirm or greet the arrival of someone, especially by saying "Welcome!".
  2. to accept something willingly or gladly.

Other definitions of welcome

What does welcome also mean?


  1. Greeting given upon someone’s arrival.


  1. "Welcome" is a 2009 French film directed by Philippe Lioret. It stars Vincent Lindon and features Firat Ayverdi and Derya Ayverdi in their inaugural roles. The film was released on 11 March 2009 in France. The director wanted to highlight the plight of illegal immigrants living in Calais, France, and their plans to reach the United Kingdom meeting activists and associations trying to help the refugees.
  2. "Welcome" is a 2007 Bollywood masala comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Firoz A. Nadiadwala & Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of UTV Motion Pictures. The film features a large ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Malika Sherawat and Feroz Khan in last film appearance, whilst Sunil Shetty makes a guest appearance and Malaika Arora Khan appears in an item number.
  3. "Welcome" is a 1986 Soviet paint-on-glass-animated 10-minute film adapted from the 1948 children's book by Dr. Seuss Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.
  4. "Welcome" a.k.a. "Jee Aayan Nu": Jee Ayan Nu is a Punjabi feature film, released in 2002.
  5. "Welcome" a.k.a. "Djiarama" is a Spanish 2007 documentary film.
  6. "Welcome" is a 2014 drama film directed by Lee Dong-Sam.
    • also known as 왓 니껴
    • country: South Korea
    • language: Korean Language
    • genres: Drama, World cinema, East Asian cinema
    • rating: 12+
    • released on
  7. "Welcome" is a 2014 short, mystery film, written and directed by Rachel Ruizhen Ho.
  8. "Welcome" a.k.a. "Bienvenido-Welcome" is a 1995 comedy and drama film written by Lourdes Elizarrarás, Gabriel Retes, and Gabriela Retes, and directed by Gabriel Retes.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Welcome

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Urban Legends (2001)

by Jan Harold Brunvand

Welcome. to. the. (Wonderful). World. of. AIDS”. See “AIDS Mary”. “The. Welded. Contacts”. Bogus warnings have circulated in printed form since at least 1967 warning wearers of contact lenses that exposure to arc welding can cause the lens ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Similes (1917)

by Frank Jenners Wilstach

Welcome — continued. Welcome, like one tiny islet of Reality amid the shoreless sea of Phantasms, to the reflective mind, seriously loving and seeking what is worthy and memorable, seriously hating and avoiding what is the reverse, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Metropolitana Or System of Universal Knowledge on a Methodical Plan Projected by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1858)

Glossology; or the historical relations of languages first division by John Stoddart

(Welcome !) Ymadawiad 1 (Farewell!) Ha! (Well done!) M! (O brave!) In Gaelic, Oh! H0! (admiration;) Slan leat! (Farewell!) Failteach! (Welcome!) In Russian, Prostschaite! (Farewell !) Oora! (Hurrah l) N00!

Google previewEncyclopedia Brown Double Mystery #5 (2012)

Featured mysteries from Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

Visit PENGUlNCOlVl/WELCOME for book recommendations, reading group guides, videos, author interviews and more. PENGUlN.

Google previewA Dictionary Of The Malayan Language, In 2 Parts, Malayan and English And English and Malayan (1812)

by William Marsden

WELCOME (to receive) --~~ sambut, ** mengâlû; (welcome !) Jo-oo- salāmat sampei. Welfane Ass" saiahtra, £4. salāmat, Koš ka-bejik-an. WELL (of water) Joo prigs, co- stimur, o talaga. - WELL (not ill) colo báik; (in health) 4-,-, sum. boh, ...

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Quotes about Welcome

People yell, people scream, people cry
Welcome to hell
People kill, people steal, people lie
Welcome to hell
People leave, people hurt, people die
Welcome to hell
And welcome to life (Shayna Johnston)
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Scrabble value of W4E1L1C3O1M3E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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