- I UK [ɡʊd] / US
Word forms "good":
adjective good comparative better UK [ˈbetə(r)] / US [ˈbetər] superlative best UK [best] / US
1) of a high quality or standard
We saw a really good film last night.
They were all dressed in their best clothes.
These dishes are too good to use every day.
How good is his English?2)a) able to do something wellgood at:
Francine was a very good cook.
Bob is pretty good at fixing things.b) able to deal with someone or something well, or able to use something wellgood with:
Gina has always been good with animals.
Jake is really good with his hands (= skilful at making or doing things using his hands).3) having the necessary qualitiesgood for:
This rock will make a good paperweight.
Electric cars are good for driving around town.a) reasonable or sensible
Dad gave me some really good advice.
This is surely the best argument against the death penalty.
Give me one good reason why I should lend you money.b) suitable and likely to produce the results or conditions you want
Now would be a good time to ask for a pay rise.
What's the best way to get to the motorway from here?c) convenientgood for:
What's a good time to call you?
Thursday is good for me – can you make it then?4) honest and morally correct
George had always tried to lead a good life.
It would be good if you gave the money back.a) willing to obey and behave in a socially correct wayas good as gold:
Ruth's children are always so good.be a good boy/girl:
He sat there as good as gold the whole time.
Be a good boy and play quietly.b) willing to obey all the rules of a particular religion or organization
a good Catholicc) kind, generous, and willing to helpgood to:good about:
Helen's parents were always good to us.it is good of someone to do something:
Sheryl's brother has been good about helping out with the new baby.
It was so good of you to come.5) giving you a happy or pleasant feeling
We had such a good time in Madrid.
A hot bath would be good now.it is/feels good to do something:
One more piece of good news: Beth had a bouncing baby girl!
It's good to finally meet you.6) attractive
Carol looks good with short hair, don't you think?7) feeling healthy
I don't feel very good – I'm going to lie down.a) feeling happy
He's not in a very good mood.b) making you healthy or happygood for:it is good (for someone) to do something:
Exercise is good for you.
It's not good to eat so much junk food.c) giving benefits to somethinggood for:
The recent tax cuts will be good for business.8)a) fairly large in amount, size, range etc
He earns a good salary as a consultant.
The library has a good selection of computer books.b) a good many/fewinformal a large number of people or things
They've known each other for a good many years.9) not damaged or spoiled in any way and still able to be used or eaten
Do you think the eggs are still good?a) able to be legally used or officially acceptedgood for:
The tickets are good for three weeks.b) still able to be used for a particular period of time or a particular distancegood for:
I think these trousers are good for another few months.c) able to be used because of being real and not false
a good £20 note10)a) spoken used for saying that you are pleased with someone, or are pleased about something
"They should be here in half an hour." "Good."
Oh, good, you remembered to buy the milk.b) used when talking about what has been decided or agreed
Good. Then we'll meet at midday in front of the theatre.11)a) having a high and respected position in society
He comes from a very good family.
Your accent doesn't make you better than me.b) expensive, or used by people with a high position in society
We moved to a smaller house in a good area.12) reliable and likely to earn a lot of money for you
Tony has a good job at the post office.
They made some good investments.13) giving you a lot of value for something you are buying or selling
Thirty pounds is a good price for jeans.
We got a good deal on our plane tickets.14) thorough and complete
The witness said she got a good look at his face.
What I need is a good night's sleep.15) funny or interesting
a good joke/story16) a ball that is good in a game such as tennis lands inside the area in which the game is played17) informal more than a particular distance, amount, age etc
We've been waiting for a good half hour.18) if there is a good chance of something happening, it is likely to happen
There's a good chance of showers tonight.•
as good a time/place etc as any— informal not an especially good time/place etc to do something, but not worse than any other
I guess now's as good a time as any to tell Dad about the car.
as good as finished/dead etc— almost finished/dead etc or likely to be finished/dead etc very soon
They've as good as admitted it was their fault.
good and ready/warm etc— informal completely ready/warm etc
good boy/girl— used for praising a child or a pet when they have done something correctly
Have you done your homework? Good girl.
someone's good eye/ear/arm/leg etc— one eye/ear/arm/leg etc that someone can still use normally
good for/on someone— used for saying that you are happy about something good that someone has done or that has happened to them
You want to join the army do you? Good for you.
good Heavens/Lord/God/grief/gracious— used for showing that you are very surprised, angry, or upset
Good Heavens, is that the time?
"The doctor says she's got pneumonia." "Good grief!"
it's a good thing/job that— British used for saying that you are pleased that something has happened because it prevents something bad from happening
It's a good thing you called – Mum was starting to get worried.
make good (on) a promise/threat/debt etc— to do or pay what you have said you would
The rebels made good on their promise to release the 370 hostages.
too good to be true/to last— so good that you cannot believe that such a situation is possible or can continue
If you think the deal they are offering is too good to be true, it probably is.
would you be so good as/would you be good enough to do something— spoken formal used for asking someone very politely to do something
Would you be good enough to wait in the lobby?- good oldSee:give I, onto
II UK [ɡʊd] / US noun [uncountable] ***
1) advantage, or benefitfor the good of someone/something:for someone's own good:
Hartman should resign for the good of the party.do someone good:
I'm only punishing you for your own good.the common/general good (= benefit for everyone in society or in a group):
I think a trip to the beach would do us all a lot of good.
The country's natural resources should be used for the common good.2)a) morally correct behaviourgood and evil:
The Internet can be a force for good by helping to spread knowledge.
the battle between good and evilb) the good people who behave in a morally correct way3) the pleasant part or aspects of something
When you're bringing up kids, you have to take the good with the bad.•
£10/£20/£100 etc to the good— having £10/£20/£100 etc more than you had before
be (all) to the good— British producing benefits or advantages in a situation that is not completely satisfactory
If more people get to hear about our work, then that's all to the good.
too clever/nice/generous etc for your own good— so clever/nice/generous etc that it is a disadvantage instead of an advantage
Alex is a little bit too clever for his own good.
what's the good of/what good is (it) (doing) something?— spoken used for saying that you do not think something will give you any benefit
What's the good of writing them a letter? They never read them anyway.- for good- no goodSee:goods
III UK [ɡʊd] / US adverb
Word forms "good":
comparative better superlative best mainly American spokena way of saying "well" that many people think is not correct
He's doing pretty good at his new job.
English dictionary. 2014.