welcome back meaning, welcome back definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( welcomes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( welcoming    present participle)   ( welcomed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you welcome someone, you greet them in a friendly way when they arrive somewhere.  
Several people came by to welcome me...      V n  
She was there to welcome him home from war...      V n adv/prep  
The delegates received a welcoming speech by the President.      V-ing  
      Welcome is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
There would be a fantastic welcome awaiting him back here.     
2       convention   You use welcome in expressions such as welcome home, welcome to London, and welcome back when you are greeting someone who has just arrived somewhere.,   (formulae)    Welcome to Washington..., Welcome back, Deborah<endash>It's good to have you here.     
3       verb   If you welcome an action, decision, or situation, you approve of it and are pleased that it has occurred.  
She welcomed this move but said that overall the changes didn't go far enough...      V n  
      Welcome is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
Environmental groups have given a guarded welcome to the Prime Minister's proposal.     
4       adj   If you describe something as welcome, you mean that people wanted it and are happy that it has occurred.  
This was certainly a welcome change of fortune...     
5       verb   If you say that you welcome certain people or actions, you are inviting and encouraging people to do something, for example to come to a particular place.  
We would welcome your views about the survey.      V n  
6       adj   If you say that someone is welcome in a particular place, you are encouraging them to go there by telling them that they will be liked and accepted.  
usu v-link ADJ  
New members are always welcome..., I told him he wasn't welcome in my home.     
7       adj   If you tell someone that they are welcometo do something, you are encouraging them to do it by telling them that they are allowed to do it.  
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to-inf  
You are welcome to visit the hospital at any time.     
8       adj   If you say that someone is welcome to something, you mean that you do not want it yourself because you do not like it and you are very willing for them to have it.  
v-link ADJ to n  
If women want to take on the business world they are welcome to it as far as I'm concerned.     
10    If you make someone welcome or make them feel welcome, you make them feel happy and accepted in a new place.  
make sb welcome      phrase   make inflects  
11    If you say that someone outstays their welcome or overstays their welcome, you mean that they stay somewhere longer than they are wanted or expected to.  
outstay/overstay one's welcome      phrase   V inflects  
After the kindness that had been shown to him, he didn't want to outstay his welcome.     
12    You say `You're welcome' to someone who has thanked you for something in order to acknowledge their thanks in a polite way.  
you're welcome      convention  
`Thank you for the information.'—`You're welcome.'     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
adopt a detached attitude; relax
a lot; very much; in a great quantity; endlessly
[Fig.] E.g. love someone to the moon and back=love someone very much
(colloquially) tattoo on the lower back
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
acronym for Let Me Know, as to ask the other party to get back to you
dos tourné, langage changé
à beau jeu beau retour
aller et retourner fait le chemin frayer
argent emprunté s'en va en riant et revient en pleurant
çà remonte à la nuit des temps
avril entrant comme un agneau s'en retourne comme un taureau
c'est la goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase
ce qui est gagné sur le dos du diable est dépensé sous son ventre
au jour de la sainte_guoule, le jour croît, mais le froid recule
de même que le fleuve retourne à la mer, le don de l'homme revient vers lui
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