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Learning video for “welcome” | Joshua’s English Dictionary

Welcome – Definition & Meaning summary

  1. Received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company.
  2. Producing gladness; grateful.
  3. Free to have or enjoy without pay.

Joshua’s Seven-Step Method

Let’s learn the English vocabulary “welcome” by using our Seven-Step Method for effective learning.

Step 1: How to pronounce “welcome” in English

Can you pronounce this word correctly?

The answer is this.

  • American : /ˈwelkəm/
  • British : /ˈwelkəm/
Step 2: The Word Origin

This word, “welcome” is derived from Anglo-Saxon “wilcuma”.

It consists of “wil- + Cuma.”

Prefix “wil-” means “Strong wish, desire, purpose.”

“cuma” means “one who comes in, guest.”

So, from the Word Origin, “One who comes so as to please another’s will” is the essential meaning of welcome.

Step 3: Definition

The modern usages of this word are:

First meaning, received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company.

As, to welcome a visitor; to welcome a new idea.

For example – He welcomed them to come inside and meet his family.

Second meaning, producing gladness; grateful.

As, a welcome present; welcome news; welcome party.

For example – We plan to throw a welcome party when our colleague arrives from London.

Third Meaning, free to have or enjoy without pay.

For example– You are welcome to use my library anytime.

Step 4: Derived words or Related words
  • unwelcome, welcome news
Step 5: Word forming elements and application examples

Prefix “wil-” means “will”.

willful, William, willing, willpower, willy-nilly

Old English “cuma” evolved into “come”.

  • comeback, come-down, come-outer, comer, cometh, comeuppance, coming
  • income, incoming, newcomer, oncoming, outcome, overcome, upcoming
Step 6: Collocation

A collocation is the natural connection of words.

Used as a VERB.



The office workers always welcomed their extra afternoon break on Fridays.



Welcome back. it’s nice to see you again.


Welcome home.


Please welcome our next speaker Mr. Nathan Smith.

Step 7: Commonly used Word Pairings and phrases

welcome to

Welcome to Tokyo. How was your flight?

welcome you

I’d like to welcome you to our company.

we welcome

We welcome any suggestions that you may have to improve our production process.

good evening and welcome

Good evening and welcome ladies and gentlemen.

I want to welcome

I want to welcome our special guest Mr. Christopher Smith.

would like to welcome

We would like to welcome everyone to join us for a cocktail reception in the lobby.

Note: “cocktail” means “a beverage usually made from a mixture of strong alcoholic drink and fruit juice.”

join me in welcoming

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Craney who came all the way from Toronto.

Note: “all the way” use to emphasize long distance.

good morning and welcome

Good morning and welcome everyone.

you are not welcome

I’m afraid you are not welcome here.

Note: “I’m afraid” use to “polite expression when yon refusing someone.”

great pleasure to welcome

It gives me a great pleasure to welcome Michael Jackson.

welcome to the program

Michael, Jeff, Sarah, welcome to the program. You are great additions to the team.

welcome to the world

Welcome to the world of reality TV.

welcome to the discussion

You are welcome to join our discussion by sending your comments to our website.


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