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  • Benefit.
    • usage: "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying"
  • Moral excellence or admirableness.
    • usage: "there is much good to be found in people"
  • That which is pleasing or valuable or useful.
    • usage: "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"
  • Articles of commerce.


  • Having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified.
    • usage: "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"
  • Having the normally expected amount.
    • usage: "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here"
  • Morally admirable.
  • Deserving of esteem and respect.
    • usage: "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name"
  • Promoting or enhancing well-being.
    • usage: "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her"
  • Agreeable or pleasing.
    • usage: "we all had a good time"; "good manners"
  • Of moral excellence.
    • usage: "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"
  • Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude.
    • usage: "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"
  • Thorough.
    • usage: "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning"
  • With or in a close or intimate relationship.
    • usage: "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
  • Financially sound.
    • usage: "a good investment"; "a secure investment"
  • Most suitable or right for a particular purpose.
    • usage: "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes"
  • Resulting favorably.
    • usage: "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"
  • Exerting force or influence.
    • usage: "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)"
  • Capable of pleasing.
    • usage: "good looks"
  • Appealing to the mind.
    • usage: "good music"; "a serious book"
  • In excellent physical condition.
    • usage: "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body"
  • Tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health.
    • usage: "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air"
  • Not forged.
    • usage: "a good dollar bill"
  • Not left to spoil.
    • usage: "the meat is still good"
  • Generally admired.
    • usage: "good taste"


  • 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'))
    • usage: "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"
  • Completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly'. )
    • usage: "he was soundly defeated"; "we beat him good"
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