see also: Welcome
  • (RP, GA, CA) enPR: wĕlʹkəm, IPA: /ˈwɛlkəm/


  1. Whose arrival is a cause of joy; received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company.
    a welcome visitor
    Refugees welcome in London!
    • When the glad soul is made Heaven's welcome guest.
  2. Producing gladness.
    a welcome present;  welcome news
  3. Free to have or enjoy gratuitously.
    You are welcome to the use of my library.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
      As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
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  1. Greeting given upon someone's arrival.
  2. (nonstandard, especially, Southern US)
Translations Noun

welcome (plural welcomes)

  1. The act of greeting someone’s arrival, especially by saying "Welcome!"; reception.
  2. The utterance of such a greeting.
  3. Kind reception of a guest or newcomer.
    We entered the house and found a ready welcome.
    • his warmest welcome at an inn
    • Truth finds an entrance and a welcome too.
  4. The state of being a welcome guest.
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welcome (welcomes, present participle welcoming; past and past participle welcomed)

  1. To affirm or greet the arrival of someone, especially by saying "Welcome!".
  2. To accept something willingly or gladly.
    We welcome suggestions for improvement.
    • 2019, [https://web.archive.org/web/20190311070055/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/south-korea-proposes-rain-project-with-china-to-cut-pollution/4819207.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang welcomed cooperation with South Korea.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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