Wel·come, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Welcomed p. pr. & vb. n. Welcoming.] To salute with kindness, as a newcomer; to receive and entertain hospitably and cheerfully; as, to welcome a visitor; to welcome a new idea. “I welcome you to land.”
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long. --Milton.
1. Received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company; as, a welcome visitor.
When the glad soul is made Heaven's welcome guest. --Cowper.
2. Producing gladness; grateful; as, a welcome present; welcome news. “O, welcome hour!”
3. Free to have or enjoy gratuitously; as, you are welcome to the use of my library.
Note: ☞ Welcome is used elliptically for you are welcome. “Welcome, great monarch, to your own.”
Welcome-to-our-house Bot., a kind of spurge (Euphorbia Cyparissias).
1. Salutation to a newcomer. “Welcome ever smiles.”
2. Kind reception of a guest or newcomer; as, we entered the house and found a ready welcome.
His warmest welcome at an inn. --Shenstone.
Truth finds an entrance and a welcome too. --South.
To bid welcome, to receive with professions of kindness.
To thee and thy company I bid
A hearty welcome. --Shak.
adj : giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or
freely granted; "a welcome relief"; "a welcome guest";
"made the children feel welcome"; "you are welcome to
join us" [ant: unwelcome]
n 1: the state of being welcome; "don't outstay your welcome"
2: a greeting or reception; "the proposal got a warm welcome"
v 1: accept gladly; "I welcome your proposals"
2: bid welcome to; greet upon arrival [syn: receive] [ant: say
3: receive someone, as into one's house