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good  audio  (gd) KEY 

bet·ter  (btr) KEY , best  (bst) KEY 
  1. Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor: a good experience; good news from the hospital.
    1. Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing: a good exterior paint; a good joke.
    2. Serving the desired purpose or end; suitable: Is this a good dress for the party?
    1. Not spoiled or ruined: The milk is still good.
    2. In excellent condition; sound: a good tooth.
    1. Superior to the average; satisfactory: a good student.
    2. Used formerly to refer to the U.S. Government grade of meat higher than standard and lower than choice.
    1. Of high quality: good books.
    2. Discriminating: good taste.
  2. Worthy of respect; honorable: ruined the family's good name.
  3. Attractive; handsome: good looks.
  4. Beneficial to health; salutary: a good night's rest.
  5. Competent; skilled: a good machinist.
  6. Complete; thorough: a good workout.
    1. Reliable; sure: a good investment.
    2. Valid or true: a good reason.
    3. Genuine; real: a good dollar bill.
    1. In effect; operative: a warranty good for two years; a driver's license that is still good.
    2. Able to continue in a specified activity: I'm good for another round of golf.
    1. Able to pay or contribute: Is she good for the money that you lent her?
    2. Able to elicit a specified reaction: He is always good for a laugh.
    1. Ample; substantial: a good income.
    2. Bountiful: a good table.
  7. Full: It is a good mile from here.
    1. Pleasant; enjoyable: had a good time at the party.
    2. Propitious; favorable: good weather; a good omen.
    1. Of moral excellence; upright: a good person.
    2. Benevolent; kind: a good soul; a good heart.
    3. Loyal; staunch: a good Republican.
    1. Well-behaved; obedient: a good child.
    2. Socially correct; proper: good manners.
  8. Sports
    1. Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play: The first serve was wide, but the second was good.
    2. Passing between the uprights of the goal and therefore scoring, as a field goal in football.
  9. Used to form exclamatory phrases expressing surprise or dismay: Good heavens! Good grief!
    1. Something that is good.
    2. A good, valuable, or useful part or aspect.
  1. Welfare; benefit: for the common good.
  2. Goodness; virtue: There is much good to be found in people.
  3. goods
    1. Commodities; wares: frozen goods.
    2. Portable personal property.
    3. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Fabric; material.
  4. goods Slang Incriminating information or evidence: tried to get the goods on the crook.

as good as
Practically; nearly: as good as new.
but good
Informal Used as an intensive: The pipe started to leak but good.
for good
Permanently; forever: I'm moving to Europe for good.
good and
Informal Very; thoroughly: I'll do it when I'm good and ready.
no good Informal
  1. Worthless.
  2. Futile; useless: It's no good arguing with them.
to the good
  1. For the best; advantageous.
  2. In an advantageous financial position: ended up to the good.

Middle English, from Old English gd; see ghedh- in Indo-European roots
Usage Note:
Good is properly used as an adjective with linking verbs such as be, seem, or appear: The future looks good. The soup tastes good. It should not be used as an adverb with other verbs: The car runs well (not good). Thus, The dress fits well and looks good. See Usage Note at well2.

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