The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Well \Well\, adv. [Compar. and superl. wanting, the deficiency
being supplied by better and best, from another root.] [OE.
wel, AS. wel; akin to OS., OFries., & D. wel, G. wohl, OHG.
wola, wela, Icel. & Dan. vel, Sw. v[aum]l, Goth. wa['i]la;
originally meaning, according to one's will or wish. See
Will, v. t., and cf. Wealth.]
1. In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or
If thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.
--Gen. iv. 7.
2. Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a
proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully;
Lot . . . beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it
was well watered everywhere. --Gen. xiii.
WE are wellable to overcome it. --Num. xiii.
She looketh well to the ways of her household.
Servant of God, well done! well hast thou fought
The better fight. --Milton.
3. Fully or about; -- used with numbers. [Obs.] "Well a ten
or twelve." --Chaucer.
Well nine and twenty in a company. --Chaucer.
4. In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish;
satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.
"It boded well to you." --Dryden.
In measure what the mind may well contain. --Milton.
All the world speaks well of you. --Pope.
5. Considerably; not a little; far.
Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age.
Note: Well is sometimes used elliptically for it is well, as
an expression of satisfaction with what has been said
or done, and sometimes it expresses concession, or is
merely expletive; as, well, the work is done; well, let
us go; well, well, be it so.
Note: Well, like above, ill, and so, is used before many
participial adjectives in its usual adverbial senses,
and subject to the same custom with regard to the use
of the hyphen (see the Note under Ill, adv.); as, a
well-affected supporter; he was well affected toward
the project; a well-trained speaker; he was well
trained in speaking; well-educated, or well educated;
well-dressed, or well dressed; well-appearing;
well-behaved; well-controlled; well-designed;
well-directed; well-formed; well-meant; well-minded;
well-ordered; well-performed; well-pleased;
well-pleasing; well-seasoned; well-steered;
well-tasted; well-told, etc. Such compound epithets
usually have an obvious meaning, and since they may be
formed at will, only a few of this class are given in
As well. See under As.
As well as, and also; together with; not less than; one as
much as the other; as, a sickness long, as well as severe;
London is the largest city in England, as well as the
Well enough, well or good in a moderate degree; so as to
give satisfaction, or so as to require no alteration.
Well off, in good condition; especially, in good condition
as to property or any advantages; thriving; prosperous.
Well to do, well off; prosperous; -- used also adjectively.
"The class well to do in the world." --J. H. Newman.
Well to live, in easy circumstances; well off; well to do.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
as \as\ ([a^]z), adv. & conj. [OE. as, als, alse, also, al swa,
AS. eal sw[=a], lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf.
G. als as, than, also so, then. See Also.]
1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner;
like; similar to; in the same manner with or in which; in
accordance with; in proportion to; to the extent or degree
in which or to which; equally; no less than; as, ye shall
be as gods, knowing good and evil; you will reap as you
sow; do as you are bidden.
His spiritual attendants adjured him, as he loved
his soul, to emancipate his brethren. --Macaulay.
Note: As is often preceded by one of the antecedent or
correlative words such, same, so, or as, in expressing
an equality or comparison; as, give us such things as
you please, and so long as you please, or as long as
you please; he is not so brave as Cato; she is as
amiable as she is handsome; come as quickly as
possible. "Bees appear fortunately to prefer the same
colors as we do." --Lubbock. As, in a preceding part of
a sentence, has such or so to answer correlatively to
it; as with the people, so with the priest.
2. In the idea, character, or condition of, -- limiting the
view to certain attributes or relations; as, virtue
considered as virtue; this actor will appear as Hamlet.
The beggar is greater as a man, than is the man
merely as a king. --Dewey.
3. While; during or at the same time that; when; as, he
trembled as he spoke.
As I return I will fetch off these justices. --Shak.
4. Because; since; it being the case that.
As the population of Scotland had been generally
trained to arms . . . they were not indifferently
prepared. --Sir W.
[1913 Webster] [See Synonym under Because.]
5. Expressing concession. (Often approaching though in
We wish, however, to avail ourselves of the
interest, transient as it may be, which this work
has excited. --Macaulay.
6. That, introducing or expressing a result or consequence,
after the correlatives so and such. [Obs.]
I can place thee in such abject state, as help shall
never find thee. --Rowe.
So as, so that. [Obs.]
The relations are so uncertain as they require a
great deal of examination. --Bacon.
7. As if; as though. [Obs. or Poetic]
He lies, as he his bliss did know. --Waller.
8. For instance; by way of example; thus; -- used to
introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
9. Than. [Obs. & R.]
The king was not more forward to bestow favors on
them as they free to deal affronts to others their
10. Expressing a wish. [Obs.] "As have,"
Note: i. e., may he have. --Chaucer.
As . . as. See So . . as, under So.
As far as, to the extent or degree. "As far as can be
As far forth as, as far as. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As for, or As to, in regard to; with respect to.
As good as, not less than; not falling short of.
As good as one's word, faithful to a promise.
As if, or As though, of the same kind, or in the same
condition or manner, that it would be if.
As it were (as if it were), a qualifying phrase used to
apologize for or to relieve some expression which might be
regarded as inappropriate or incongruous; in a manner.
As now, just now. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As swythe, as quickly as possible. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As well, also; too; besides. --Addison.
As well as, equally with, no less than. "I have
understanding as well as you." --Job xii. 3.
As yet, until now; up to or at the present time; still;