Definition of welcome in English:



  • An instance or manner of greeting someone.

    ‘you will receive a warm welcome’
    [mass noun] ‘he went to meet them with his hand stretched out in welcome’
    • ‘He said the team have already received a warm welcome on the streets.’
    • ‘There is also no question about the friendliness of the welcome visitors receive here.’
    • ‘He and the team did however promise a tough welcome to each and every side visiting Cross Green next season.’
    • ‘Some are seeking asylum and are looking for welcome and encouragement from people in rural areas.’
    • ‘His Heathrow welcome would have pleased either Michael Jackson or Princess Di.’
    • ‘In Korea, like Japan, walking into a shop or restaurant will usually result in a hail of welcomes and other ritualized greetings from the employees.’
    • ‘During our stay in Bahrain, we were accorded a warm welcome.’
    • ‘The duo received a warm welcome as they took to the streets of Carlow.’
    • ‘He is unlikely to receive the warmest of welcomes.’
    • ‘Did you ever expect that your novel would receive such a warm welcome from the literary circles here?’
    • ‘The other people in the room immediately extended their happy welcome with smiles all around.’
    • ‘I am most grateful for your warm welcome, in the tradition of hospitality so cherished by the people of this region.’
    • ‘Judi's welcome is warm and inviting and she has an excellent knowledge of the surrounding area.’
    • ‘Regardless of that result, the team are still likely to receive a warm welcome when they return to the Showgrounds on Saturday to face Limerick.’
    • ‘Greeted not with the smiles and welcomes I had so recently been accustomed to and appreciated so well, I was directed to a hut.’
    • ‘He will not receive a warm welcome from the larger British public.’
    • ‘A warm welcome is extended to the people who have come to live in the parish.’
    • ‘Daniels thanked all those present for their warm welcome.’
    greeting, salutation, hail, welcoming
    reception, warm reception, favourable reception, acceptance, hospitality, red carpet
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  • Used to greet someone in a glad or friendly way.

    ‘welcome to the Wildlife Park’
    • ‘If you're reading this, especially if you're a first time reader: welcome!’


  • 1 Greet (someone arriving) in a glad, polite, or friendly way.

    ‘hotels should welcome guests in their own language’
    ‘a welcoming smile’
    • ‘As they walked around town countless neighbors and passers-by greeted them happily and welcomed Jude home.’
    • ‘We are met with smiles and welcoming greetings, a bit of small talk, and a friendly goodbye.’
    • ‘On the next island, the people greeted the sailors, welcoming them with offers of their fruit.’
    • ‘Instead of displaying anger or jealousy, they welcome the girl into their family and treat her like a sister.’
    • ‘Watanabe raised his hands with smile as supporters welcomed them with applause.’
    • ‘A group arriving to welcome them was appearing from the town, as the rest of the soldiers departed their ships.’
    • ‘You all are blessed to belong to a town that is so welcoming and friendly.’
    • ‘He can currently be seen in the supermarket's TV advert welcoming people to the store and handing out cookies to customers.’
    • ‘They welcomed the journalists who arrived in their beleaguered country to tell their story.’
    • ‘The President was warmly welcomed by several hundred people on her visit to the town.’
    • ‘He was welcomed on to the pitch at half-time to receive a commemorative plaque.’
    • ‘It is a very friendly and welcoming community and I think he enjoyed meeting the people there.’
    • ‘In a time when they were trying to look after their own people and welcoming tourists, they were going about it the wrong way.’
    • ‘There were many happy faces there from home, all delighted to welcome the touring party.’
    • ‘One of the keys to hospitable service is greeting people with a smile and welcoming attitude.’
    • ‘It had a nice, homely atmosphere to it, and seemed friendly and welcoming.’
    • ‘However, his family welcome him with open arms and a feast, so glad are they to have him back.’
    • ‘Thomas also suggested that the work of Church youth groups had promoted a friendly, welcoming, atmosphere.’
    • ‘The website has a very friendly and welcoming layout.’
    • ‘The ebullient chef met us at the door, glad to welcome his first customers of the evening.’
    • ‘They should be reducing all charges and welcoming visitors into the West.’
    • ‘We must ensure that the city welcomes these visitors with open arms.’
    • ‘All visitors are welcomed with a song and the teachers are all known by their first names.’
    • ‘At the weekend 630 visitors were welcomed to the monthly open day, the biggest turnout for years.’
    • ‘Her mother said everyone in Limerick had been welcoming and friendly since they arrived.’
    • ‘I welcome them with a smile and we head back into the living room.’
    • ‘A beautiful lamp welcomes visitors at the entrance.’
    • ‘The staff and teachers couldn't have been more friendly or more welcoming.’
    • ‘I did my best to be friendly and welcoming but still he would not stay and would take no food or clothing.’
    • ‘The Macphersons welcomed their first visitors two years ago and have never looked back.’
    • ‘The atmosphere and the tone you set was so friendly and welcoming.’
    • ‘Warm-hearted local people welcome visitors, inviting them to stroll around their buildings.’
    • ‘When guests visit you, it is polite to welcome them with kind words and serve them what you have.’
    • ‘The cottage is warm and comfortable throughout, offering guests a peaceful, welcoming atmosphere.’
    • ‘As always we were warmly welcomed by the people of Haworth, and, despite the rain, we had a good time on the walk.’
    greet, say hello to, salute, bid someone welcome, play host to, play hostess to, show hospitality to, receive, meet, embrace, receive with open arms, roll out the red carpet for, fete
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    1. 1.1Be glad to entertain (someone) or receive (something)
      ‘we welcome any comments’
      • ‘We both welcome and encourage inquiries from people who would like to either use our services or find out more about volunteering for them.’
      • ‘New plans to overhaul learning for teenagers were today welcomed in Bradford.’
      • ‘The Gallery welcomes visitors seven day a week, between the hours of 9am and 11 pm.’
      • ‘The association encourages and welcomes new members.’
      • ‘You have no need to worry, we, the Asheri, are a people that welcomes visitors.’
      • ‘Most tower captains are glad to welcome visitors, explain what happens and offer to teach learners.’
      • ‘Having picked up the sport just three years ago herself, Barling stresses that the club welcomes people of all ages and skill levels.’
      • ‘The club welcomes people of all abilities and age groups to come along.’
      • ‘It says the society welcomes people from all walks of life and backgrounds.’
      • ‘In addition to welcoming visitors, the restored house will also host literary evenings and celebrations.’
      • ‘They welcome new members and ideas on how best to entertain the visitors when they arrive in September.’
      • ‘The group welcomes new members and invite people to come along at 8.15 pm.’
      • ‘If Kendal welcomes visitors and promotes tourism perhaps its district council needs to be a little more helpful.’
    2. 1.2React with pleasure or approval to (an event or development)
      ‘the bank's decision to cut its rates was widely welcomed’
      • ‘Perhaps there is an elderly person in your area who may be lonely and would welcome a friendly gesture to join you on the trip.’
      • ‘Employers generally welcome moves to allow people to work beyond 65 provided it is by mutual agreement.’
      • ‘We are coming to the end of the enterprise network review process and we welcome the conclusions.’
      • ‘He said yesterday: ‘I welcome any development that will create a diverse press.’’
      • ‘The opposition parties then welcomed the fresh start for the assembly.’
      • ‘Local cancer group campaigner Jane Bailey has welcomed the planned development.’
      • ‘She particularly welcomed the new development of providing advice to those arrested.’
      • ‘Having requested such a debate in advance of Mr Adams' proposal, the Green Party welcomes these recent developments.’
      • ‘I remember an elderly friend nearby who would welcome a visit.’
      • ‘Last night a spokeswoman said it welcomed the report and accepted the findings.’
      • ‘I am grateful for all donations and would welcome any fundraising events to help the work of the Arthritis Research Campaign.’
      • ‘The service welcomes and encourages feedback from callers and clinicians.’
      • ‘She welcomed the increase in maintenance grant, which was long overdue.’
      • ‘I too welcome these developments, but more warily.’
      • ‘We would welcome the development of quality criteria more appropriate for psychological treatment trials.’
      • ‘The coup was widely welcomed by the population, who hope for both their wages and for elections.’
      • ‘The Greenwich Society says it would welcome a mixed-use development of residential properties, niche shops and community facilities.’
      • ‘I have a feeling that this newsletter is going to be pretty short, which most readers will welcome!’
      • ‘Mr. Rajeev says the idea to form the club had been welcomed by his friends when he first floated it.’
      express pleasure at, express satisfaction at, be pleased by, be glad about, take pleasure in, approve of, appreciate, accept, embrace
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  • 1(of a guest or new arrival) gladly received.

    ‘visitors with disabilities are always welcome’
    • ‘All Africans who want to do something for Africa are invited and welcome.’
    • ‘Ahmad has helped him out and is always a welcome guest.’
    • ‘Cheers guys - and welcome to everyone from The Times.’
    • ‘So your website must be ready to receive this welcome guest.’
    • ‘Members and guests are welcome and should book early to ensure seating.’
    • ‘This tactic will let guests know that only the people to whom the invite is addressed are welcome.’
    • ‘My wife and I did not feel welcome outside the circle of our immediate colleagues.’
    • ‘You know you are welcome here any time. Take care.’
    • ‘All are welcome to what promises to be a memorable and uplifting evening.’
    • ‘I've been in restaurants in Brussels where I felt like a welcome guest in somebody's home.’
    • ‘New writers and visiting poets are always welcome and anyone is invited to come and share a poem during the open reading.’
    • ‘Please note that all men and women are very welcome to this Service.’
    • ‘His command of the English language was quite good too and he immediately made her feel welcome.’
    • ‘Mr Morse added that visitors were always welcome at the school.’
    • ‘I hope that everyone has felt welcome and encouraged to contribute.’
    gladly received, wanted, appreciated, popular, desirable, acceptable, accepted
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    1. 1.1Very pleasing because much needed or desired.
      ‘after your walk, the cafe serves a welcome pot of coffee’
      ‘deregulation is welcome to consumers’
      • ‘Volunteer helpers are also welcome and adults are allowed to join the mountain biking activities.’
      • ‘The cool air from the windows allowed a welcome breeze carrying the scent of pineapples and pomegranate.’
      • ‘Students in the focus group also commented on the cases being scheduled on Friday, and that this allowed a welcome change of pace.’
      • ‘Donations for teenage boys are particularly welcome.’
      • ‘Please take a look and any additions are most welcome!’
      pleasing, agreeable, encouraging, gratifying, heartening, promising, refreshing, favourable, propitious, cheering, much needed, pleasant, to one's liking, to one's taste
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    2. 1.2[predicative, with infinitive]Allowed or invited to do a specified thing.
      ‘anyone is welcome to join them at their midday meal’
      • ‘Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to attend.’
      • ‘People can express any opinion or concept they desire and anyone is welcome to take part.’
      • ‘All current members and interested community members are encouraged and most welcome to attend.’
      • ‘What's more, during the day you're welcome to pop in just for a coffee.’
      • ‘All are welcome to enjoy a coffee and chat Italian style.’
      • ‘Parents are welcome to help out and new members are encouraged to take part.’
      • ‘You're welcome to do with it as you please, but quite frankly I'd rather not know.’
      • ‘Anyone wanting to leave me ideas or suggestions is very welcome to, but please don't expect much in the way of credits.’
      • ‘Please feel welcome to come and join in, if you enjoy singing, or just enjoy the sound.’
      • ‘Parents and supporters are welcome to lend encouragement to our young players.’
      • ‘All mothers, grandparents and childminders are welcome to come and enjoy a chat and a cuppa.’
      • ‘The public is encouraged to attend the event, and men are welcome to cheer on the women and children as they march.’
      • ‘They would be welcome to participate in hands-on aid work if they desired.’
      • ‘All are welcome to play, but please leave your egos at the door.’
      • ‘I inquired on how to do that and he told me that I was welcome to watch and learn if I so desired.’
      • ‘You are welcome to stay with me if you please, for it's a pleasure to have you.’
      • ‘All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided.’
      • ‘All are welcome to attend what promises to be a great afternoon of billiards.’
      • ‘If you are interested you are welcome to come along tonight’
      • ‘All existing members are asked to please attend on time and new members would be very welcome to come along.’
      • ‘The clubhouse and bar will be open on Sunday for refreshments, and anyone interested is welcome to just turn up on the day or call’
    3. 1.3[predicative]Used to indicate that one is relieved to be relinquishing the control or possession of something to another.
      ‘the job is all yours and you're welcome to it!’
      • ‘Well Roger, if you want it back. then you are welcome to it.’


  • make someone welcome

    • Receive and treat someone hospitably.

      • ‘If anyone wants to play a more regular part in the daily life of the centre and help muck-out or groom their adopted animal, they will be made welcome.’
      • ‘There's no doubt that there are some very professional clubs in this league and they are looking forward to playing us and making us welcome.’
      • ‘The staff were very pleasant and made us welcome.’
      • ‘We are open for business Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5pm and if you would like to call in the team there will be more than delighted to make you welcome.’
      • ‘The Bolton fans have made me welcome and are always chanting my name.’
      • ‘It will be Geoff's first time blogging, so please make him welcome.’
      • ‘Businesses will leave and go to other cities or towns where they will be made welcome.’
      • ‘I think I played a good game and the supporters made me welcome.’
      • ‘I started my career in the town back in the 1970s and from the outset the public have always made me welcome.’
      • ‘I went down and other players came in and made me welcome.’
      • ‘Jimmy's outgoing, jovial and sincere nature made him welcome in whatever company he found himself.’
      • ‘I was a bit nervous at first but everyone has been very nice and made me welcome.’
      • ‘He made us welcome, gave his views on the North and took questions.’
      • ‘She stayed in my house for a long time when she first arrived and I thought I had made her welcome, but she obviously did not think so.’
      • ‘He believes congress should now jump at the chance to make them welcome and enrich the trade union movement.’
      • ‘Mike, when called upon, made us welcome and led us the easy passage through.’
      • ‘If emigrants from other countries choose to come to Ireland, we should make them welcome.’
      • ‘We always made him welcome and he always wanted to know when we were playing at home.’
  • wear out (or overstay or outstay) one's welcome

    • Stay as a visitor longer than one is wanted.

      • ‘I'm beginning to feel they've now overstayed their welcome.’
      • ‘One of my friends has a habit of overstaying her welcome.’
      • ‘Finally the moment came when I knew I had to leave as I had already stayed for dinner and overstayed my welcome.’
      • ‘Another way of dissuading the geese from overstaying their welcome in the park is limiting their food supply by keeping grass cut extremely short and imposing fines on people feeding them.’
      • ‘I have a great aunt named Sally, who always meant well, but was constantly messing things up and overstaying her welcome.’
      • ‘By overstaying his welcome, however, he may have deprived himself of the glorious exit that his achievements deserve.’
  • you're welcome

    • Used as a polite response to thanks.


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.