Word of the Day: Welcome

wel-come / ˈwel-kəm

 

verb

 

  1. to greet hospitably and enthusiastically

Welcome every morning with a smile.

Og Mandino, 1923-1996

 

  1. to accept or receive happily

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.

Paraphrased from a letter to Clara Rilke, dated January 1, 1907, from Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875-1926

 

interjection

 

  1. (used to express greeting)

Welcome, my old friend, welcome to a foreign fireside.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882

 

noun

 

  1. a greeting upon arrival

Extend

your arms

in welcome

to the future.

Anthony de Mello, 1931-1987

 

  1. the state of being received happily

Thanks to photography, some memories overstay their welcome.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana, ?-

 

adjective

 

  1. happily received into a place, companionship, etc.

A mule laden with gold is welcome at every castle.

Armenian Proverb

 

  1. received with delight, especially as pertains to need

Giving encouragement to others is a most welcome gift, for the results of it are lifted spirits, increased self-worth, and a hopeful future.

Florence Littauer, 1928-

 

  1. admitted or allowed

Guests are welcome to come and go as they please, watching as much of each performance as they would like.

crystalbridges.org/blog/what-to-expect-at-art-night-out/

 

  1. without obligation to return a favor – used in combination as a response to an expression of thanks

Over the past century, “you’re welcome” has evolved to connote that it’s my pleasure to help you or “you are welcome to my help,” which we tend to say more directly in other languages like Spanish and French (“the pleasure is mine,” “it was nothing,” “no problem”).

Adam Grant, ?-,  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/pay-it-forward_b_4270340