- I UK [ˈwelkəm] / US
Word forms "welcome":
present tense I/you/we/they welcome he/she/it welcomes present participle welcoming past tense welcomed past participle welcomed
1) to greet someone in a polite and friendly way when they have come to see you or to help youwarmly welcome (= with enthusiasm):
Some hotels do not even welcome guests in their own language.
Visitors will be warmly welcomed.2) to say that you approve of something that has happened or that you are pleased about it
They welcomed the new proposals.
The move has been welcomed by environmentalists.welcome something as something:
The announcement will be widely welcomed (= welcomed by many people).
The president welcomed the accord as a step towards political stability.3) to say that you are pleased to accept or consider something such as an opportunity or a question
We welcome suggestions from our readers.
The faculty welcomes prospective students wishing to visit departments.4) to celebrate an event
Fireworks welcomed the New Year in Moscow's Red Square.
II UK [ˈwelkəm] / US adjective **
1)a) if you are welcome, or are a welcome visitor at a place, people are pleased that you are there
Your friends are always welcome here.make someone welcome:
Pat was a very welcome guest.
It's a beautiful place – you will be made very welcome.b) if something is welcome, people are happy about it because it is pleasant or because they need it
The early flowers are a welcome sight.
The sunny weather was a welcome bonus.welcome to:
A cold drink would be very welcome.
This year's bonus will be welcome to those on lower incomes.2)a) if someone tells you that you are welcome to do something, they are saying that you may do it if you want tomore than welcome (= very welcome):
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.
You're more than welcome to stay overnight.b) if someone tells you that you are welcome to something, they mean that you can have it or use it, usually because they do not want it or do not like it themselves
Flying – you're welcome to it as far as I'm concerned (= I do not want to do it).•
III UK [ˈwelkəm] / US noun
Word forms "welcome":
singular welcome plural welcomes
1) [countable/uncountable] an act of welcoming or greeting someone
They received a tumultuous welcome.a warm welcome (= an especially friendly welcome):
The mayor said some words of welcome (= made a short speech to welcome people).in welcome:
He gave us a warm welcome and invited us to lunch.
He held his hand out in welcome.2) [countable] a reaction to a suggestion or decision
The proposal received an enthusiastic welcome.
Politicians gave a cautious welcome to the appointment (= were pleased by it but not completely satisfied).•
outstay/overstay your welcome— to stay at a place for longer than people want
It was time to go, before we outstayed our welcome.
IV UK [ˈwelkəm] / US interjectiona) used for welcoming someone to a place
Welcome to Edinburgh.b) used at the beginning of a radio or television programme
Welcome to the show.
English dictionary. 2014.