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Welcome (adjective)

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Wélcome. adj. [bien venu, French; wilcume, Saxon; welkom, Dutch.]

  1. Received with gladness; admitted willingly to any place or enjoyment; grateful; pleasing.

            I serve you, madam:
    Your graces are right welcome.
    Shakesp. King Lear.

    He, though not of the plot, will like it,
    And wish it should proceed; for, unto men
    Prest with their wants, all change is ever welcome.
    B. Johns.

    Here let me earn my bread,
    'Till oft invocated death
    Hasten the welcome end of all my pains.
    Milton.

    He that knows how to make those he converses with easy, has found the true art of living, and being welcome and valued every where. Locke.

  2. To bid Welcome. To receive with professions of kindness.

    Some stood in a row in so civil a fashion, as if to welcome us; and divers put their arms a little abroad, which is their gesture when they bid any welcome. Bacon.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449)

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