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English[edit]

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A not very welcome message on a doormat

Etymology[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

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  1. Whose arrival is a cause of joy; received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company.
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      When the glad soul is made Heaven's welcome guest.
  2. Producing gladness.
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  3. Free to have or enjoy gratuitously.
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      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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Noun[edit]

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  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.
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      his warmest welcome at an inn
    • South
      Truth finds an entrance and a welcome too.

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Verb[edit]

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