To welcome is to happily receive a thing or a person. This word is used for information that makes us happy, objects that make our lives easier, and people who visit or move to a place.

The word "welcome" can be used as a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • We welcome you.
  • The teacher welcomes students as they enter the classroom.
  • A hotel clerk welcomes guests when they check in.
  • Store employees welcome customers as they arrive.
  • Residents of the drought-stricken area welcomed the forecast of heavy rain.
  • The guests were welcomed by the hosts.
  • The United States welcomes millions of people who visit or arrive as immigrants.
  • The Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors and new residents when they pass through New York City.

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This word can also be used as an adjective:

  • The wedding announcement was welcome news.
  • You are welcome to browse through the store.
  • The travelers are welcome to stay the night instead of driving through the storm.
  • The baby is a welcome addition to the family.
  • A welcome mat greets people as they arrive at a person’s home.
  • A welcoming committee sent a basket of fruit and some flowers to the people who moved into the neighborhood.

When someone says "thank-you," a polite response is "you’re welcome."

  • A: Thanks for helping me.
  • B: You’re welcome.

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June 22, 2015