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welcome

1 verb
     
wel‧come1 S3 W2 [transitive]
1 to say hello in a friendly way to someone who has just arrived [= greet]:
I must be there to welcome my guests.
They welcomed us warmly.
His family welcomed me with open arms (=in a very friendly way).
2 to be glad to accept something:
The college welcomes applications from people of all races.
We would welcome any advice or suggestions with open arms.
3 to be glad that something has happened because you think it is a good idea:
Economists have welcomed the decision to raise interest rates.

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