Good

Definition of Good

a.1.
1.Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
- Gen. i. 31.
Good company, good wine, good welcome.
- Shak.
2.Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; - said of persons or actions.
In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works.
- Tit. ii. 7.
3.Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; - often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto.
The men were very good unto us.
- 1 Sam. xxv. 15.
4.Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; - followed especially by for.
All quality that is good for anything is founded originally in merit.
- Collier.
5.Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; - followed especially by at.
He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor.
- Shak.
Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else.
- South.
6.Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit.
My reasons are both good and weighty.
- Shak.
My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond.
- Shak.
7.Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth.
Love no man in good earnest.
- Shak.
8.Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal, a good way, a good degree, a good share or part, etc.
9.Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.
- Luke vi. 38.
10.Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc.
A good name is better than precious ointment
- Eccl. vii. 1.
As good as
See under As.
For good
completely and finally; fully; truly.
The good woman never died after this, till she came to die for good and all.
- L'Estrange.
Distinguished by good humor and good breeding.
- Macaulay.
My father always said I was born to be a good for nothing.
- Ld. Lytton.
The good nature and generosity which belonged to his character.
- Macaulay.
The young count's good nature and easy persuadability were among his best characteristics.
- Hawthorne.
The good will of a trade is nothing more than the probability that the old customers will resort to the old place.
- Lord Eldon.
Each word made good and true.
- Shak.
Of no power to make his wishes good.
- Shak.
I . . . would by combat make her good.
- Shak.
If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear.
- Zech. xi. 12.
n.1.That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.; - opposed to evil.
There be many that say, Who will show us any good ?
- Ps. iv. 6.
2.Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; - opposed to harm, etc.
The good of the whole community can be promoted only by advancing the good of each of the members composing it.
- Jay.
3.Wares; commodities; chattels; - formerly used in the singular in a collective sense. In law, a comprehensive name for almost all personal property as distinguished from land or real property.
He hath made us spend much good.
- Chaucer.
Thy lands and goods
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.
- Shak.
Dress goods
See in the Vocabulary.
Goods engine
a freight locomotive.
Goods train
a freight train.
Goods wagon
a freight car [Eng.] See the Note under Car, n., 2.
adv.1.Well, - especially in the phrase as good, with a following as expressed or implied; equally well with as much advantage or as little harm as possible.
As good almost kill a man as kill a good book.
- Milton.
As good as
in effect; virtually; the same as.
They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves.
- Milton.
v. t.1.To make good; to turn to good.
2.To manure; to improve.

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