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welcome (n.)

Old English wilcuma "welcome!" exclamation of kindly greeting, from earlier wilcuma (n.) "welcome guest," literally "one whose coming suits another's will or wish," from willa "pleasure, desire, choice" (see will (n.)) + cuma "guest," related to cuman "to come," from PIE root *gwa- "to go, come." Similar formation in Old High German willicomo, Middle Dutch wellecome.

Meaning "entertainment or public reception as a greeting" is recorded from 1530. The adjective is from Old English wilcuma. You're welcome as a formulaic response to thank you is attested from 1907. Welcome mat is from 1908; welcome wagon is attested from 1940.

welcome (v.)

Old English wilcumian "to welcome, greet gladly," from wilcuma (see welcome (n.)). Related: Welcomed; welcoming.

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Definitions of welcome from WordNet
1
welcome (v.)
accept gladly;
I welcome your proposals
welcome (v.)
bid welcome to; greet upon arrival;
Synonyms: receive
welcome (v.)
receive someone, as into one's house;
2
welcome (n.)
the state of being welcome;
don't outstay your welcome
welcome (n.)
a greeting or reception;
the proposal got a warm welcome
3
welcome (adj.)
giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted;
made the children feel welcome
a welcome relief
a welcome guest
you are welcome to join us
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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