wel‧come1 S3 W2 [transitive]
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).
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.
to be glad that something has happened because you think it is a good idea:
Economists have welcomed the decision to raise interest rates.