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good Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun benefit
    • for your own good
    • what's the good of worrying?
  2. noun moral excellence or admirableness
    • there is much good to be found in people
  3. noun that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
    • weigh the good against the bad
    • among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization
  4. noun articles of commerce
    trade good; commodity.
  5. adjective having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
    • good news from the hospital
    • a good report card
    • when she was good she was very very good
    • a good knife is one good for cutting
    • this stump will make a good picnic table
    • a good check
    • a good joke
    • a good exterior paint
    • a good secretary
    • a good dress for the office
  6. adjective satellite having the normally expected amount
    • gives full measure
    • gives good measure
    • a good mile from here
  7. adjective morally admirable
  8. adjective satellite deserving of esteem and respect
    honorable; estimable; respectable.
    • all respectable companies give guarantees
    • ruined the family's good name
  9. adjective satellite promoting or enhancing well-being
    • an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries
    • the beneficial effects of a temperate climate
    • the experience was good for her
  10. adjective satellite agreeable or pleasing
    • we all had a good time
    • good manners
  11. adjective satellite of moral excellence
    upright; just.
    • a genuinely good person
    • a just cause
    • an upright and respectable man
  12. adjective satellite having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
    practiced; expert; skillful; proficient; adept; skilful.
    • adept in handicrafts
    • an adept juggler
    • an expert job
    • a good mechanic
    • a practiced marksman
    • a proficient engineer
    • a lesser-known but no less skillful composer
    • the effect was achieved by skillful retouching
  13. adjective satellite thorough
    • had a good workout
    • gave the house a good cleaning
  14. adjective satellite with or in a close or intimate relationship
    dear; near.
    • a good friend
    • my sisters and brothers are near and dear
  15. adjective satellite financially sound
    safe; dependable; secure.
    • a good investment
    • a secure investment
  16. adjective satellite most suitable or right for a particular purpose
    right; ripe.
    • a good time to plant tomatoes
    • the right time to act
    • the time is ripe for great sociological changes
  17. adjective satellite resulting favorably
    • it's a good thing that I wasn't there
    • it is good that you stayed
    • it is well that no one saw you
    • all's well that ends well
  18. adjective satellite exerting force or influence
    in force; in effect; effective.
    • the law is effective immediately
    • a warranty good for two years
    • the law is already in effect (or in force)
  19. adjective satellite capable of pleasing
    • good looks
  20. adjective satellite appealing to the mind
    • good music
    • a serious book
  21. adjective satellite in excellent physical condition
    • good teeth
    • I still have one good leg
    • a sound mind in a sound body
  22. adjective satellite tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
    • beneficial effects of a balanced diet
    • a good night's sleep
    • the salutary influence of pure air
  23. adjective satellite not forged
    • a good dollar bill
  24. adjective satellite not left to spoil
    unspoilt; unspoiled; undecomposed.
    • the meat is still good
  25. adjective satellite generally admired
    • good taste
  26. adverb (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well')
    • the children behaved well
    • a task well done
    • the party went well
    • he slept well
    • a well-argued thesis
    • a well-seasoned dish
    • a well-planned party
    • the baby can walk pretty good
  27. adverb completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')
    thoroughly; soundly.
    • he was soundly defeated
    • we beat him good

Good adjective
AS. G&omac;d, akin to D. goed, OS. g&omac;d, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. g&omac;&edh;r, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth. g&omac;ds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and akin to E. gather. Cf. Gather.
comparative Better ; superlative Best These words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are from adjective different root
  1. Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc.
    And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. Gen. i. 31.
    Good company, good wine, good welcome. Shak.
  2. Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; -- said of persons or actions.
    In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works. Tit. ii. 7.
  3. Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto.
    The men were very good unto us. 1 Sam. xxv. 15.
  4. Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; -- followed especially by for.
    All quality that is good for anything is founded originally in merit. Collier.
  5. Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed especially by at.
    He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor. Shak.
    Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else. South.
  6. Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit.
    My reasons are both good and weighty. Shak.
    My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond. Shak.
  7. Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth.
    Love no man in good earnest. Shak.
  8. Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal, a good way, a good degree, a good share or part, etc.
  9. Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
    Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over. Luke vi. 38.
  10. Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc.
    A good name is better than precious ointment. Eccl. vii. 1.
    Good, in the sense of wishing well, is much used in greeting and leave-taking; as, good day, good night, good evening, good morning, etc.
Good noun
  1. That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.; -- opposed to evil.
    There be many that say, Who will show us any good ? Ps. iv. 6.
  2. Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; -- opposed to harm, etc.
    The good of the whole community can be promoted only by advancing the good of each of the members composing it. Jay.
  3. pl. Wares; commodities; chattels; -- formerly used in the singular in a collective sense. In law, a comprehensive name for almost all personal property as distinguished from land or real property. Wharton.
    He hath made us spend much good. Chaucer.
    Thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate Unto the state of Venice. Shak.
Good adverb
  1. Well, -- especially in the phrase as good, with a following as expressed or implied; equally well with as much advantage or as little harm as possible.
    As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Milton.
    They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves. Milton.
Good transitive verb
  1. To make good; to turn to good. Obs.
  2. To manure; to improve. Obs. Bp. Hall.

Webster 1913

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