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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Good \Good\, a. [Compar. Better; superl. Best. These words,
   though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are
   from a different root.] [AS. G[=o]d, akin to D. goed, OS.
   g[=o]d, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. g[=o][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. god,
   Goth. g[=o]ds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and
   akin to E. gather. [root]29 Cf. Gather.]
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   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.
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            And God saw everything that he had made, and behold,
            it was very good.                     --Gen. i. 31.
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            Good company, good wine, good welcome. --Shak.
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   2. Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious;
      religious; -- said of persons or actions.
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            In all things showing thyself a pattern of good
            works.                                --Tit. ii. 7.
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   3. Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite;
      propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by
      to or toward, also formerly by unto.
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            The men were very good unto us.       --1 Sam. xxv.
                                                  15.
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   4. Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be
      relied upon; -- followed especially by for.
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            All quality that is good for anything is founded
            originally in merit.                  --Collier.
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   5. Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed
      especially by at.
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            He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor.
                                                  --Shak.
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            Those are generally good at flattering who are good
            for nothing else.                     --South.
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   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.
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            My reasons are both good and weighty. --Shak.
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            My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that
            he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond.
                                                  --Shak.
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   7. Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest;
      in good sooth.
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            Love no man in good earnest.          --Shak.
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   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.
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   9. Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
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            Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and
            running over.                         --Luke vi. 38.
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   10. Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied;
       as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good
       repute, etc.
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             A good name is better than precious ointment.
                                                  --Eccl. vii.
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   As good as. See under As.

   For good, or For good and all, completely and finally;
      fully; truly.
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            The good woman never died after this, till she came
            to die for good and all.              --L'Estrange.

   Good breeding, polite or polished manners, formed by
      education; a polite education.
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            Distinguished by good humor and good breeding.
                                                  --Macaulay.

   Good cheap, literally, good bargain; reasonably cheap.

   Good consideration (Law).
       (a) A consideration of blood or of natural love and
           affection. --Blackstone.
       (b) A valuable consideration, or one which will sustain a
           contract.

   Good fellow, a person of companionable qualities.
      [Familiar]

   Good folk, or Good people, fairies; brownies; pixies,
      etc. [Colloq. Eng. & Scot.]

   Good for nothing.
       (a) Of no value; useless; worthless.
       (b) Used substantively, an idle, worthless person.
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                 My father always said I was born to be a good
                 for nothing.                     --Ld. Lytton.

   Good Friday, the Friday of Holy Week, kept in some churches
      as a fast, in memoory of our Savior's passion or
      suffering; the anniversary of the crucifixion.

   Good humor, or Good-humor, a cheerful or pleasant temper
      or state of mind.

   Good humor man, a travelling vendor who sells Good Humor
      ice-cream (or some similar ice-cream) from a small
      refrigerated truck; he usually drives slowly through
      residential neighborhoods in summertime, loudly playing
      some distinctive recorded music to announce his presence.
      [U. S.]

   Good nature, or Good-nature, habitual kindness or
      mildness of temper or disposition; amiability; state of
      being in good humor.
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            The good nature and generosity which belonged to his
            character.                            --Macaulay.
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            The young count's good nature and easy
            persuadability were among his best characteristics.
                                                  --Hawthorne.

   Good people. See Good folk (above).

   Good speed, good luck; good success; godspeed; -- an old
      form of wishing success. See Speed.

   Good turn, an act of kidness; a favor.

   Good will.
       (a) Benevolence; well wishing; kindly feeling.
       (b) (Law) The custom of any trade or business; the
           tendency or inclination of persons, old customers and
           others, to resort to an established place of
           business; the advantage accruing from tendency or
           inclination.
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                 The good will of a trade is nothing more than
                 the probability that the old customers will
                 resort to the old place.         --Lord Eldon.

   In good time.
       (a) Promptly; punctually; opportunely; not too soon nor
           too late.
       (b) (Mus.) Correctly; in proper time.

   To hold good, to remain true or valid; to be operative; to
      remain in force or effect; as, his promise holds good; the
      condition still holds good.

   To make good, to fulfill; to establish; to maintain; to
      supply (a defect or deficiency); to indemmify; to prove or
      verify (an accusation); to prove to be blameless; to
      clear; to vindicate.
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            Each word made good and true.         --Shak.
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            Of no power to make his wishes good.  --Shak.
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            I . . . would by combat make her good. --Shak.
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            Convenient numbers to make good the city. --Shak.

   To think good, to approve; to be pleased or satisfied with;
      to consider expedient or proper.
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            If ye think good, give me my price; and if not,
            forbear.                              --Zech. xi.
                                                  12.
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   Note: Good, in the sense of wishing well, is much used in
         greeting and leave-taking; as, good day, good night,
         good evening, good morning, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Good \Good\, adv.
   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.
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         As good almost kill a man as kill a good book.
                                                  --Milton.
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   As good as, in effect; virtually; the same as.
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            They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as
            good as bid ye suppress yourselves.   --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

as \as\ ([a^]z), adv. & conj. [OE. as, als, alse, also, al swa,
   AS. eal sw[=a], lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf.
   G. als as, than, also so, then. See Also.]
   1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner;
      like; similar to; in the same manner with or in which; in
      accordance with; in proportion to; to the extent or degree
      in which or to which; equally; no less than; as, ye shall
      be as gods, knowing good and evil; you will reap as you
      sow; do as you are bidden.
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            His spiritual attendants adjured him, as he loved
            his soul, to emancipate his brethren. --Macaulay.
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   Note: As is often preceded by one of the antecedent or
         correlative words such, same, so, or as, in expressing
         an equality or comparison; as, give us such things as
         you please, and so long as you please, or as long as
         you please; he is not so brave as Cato; she is as
         amiable as she is handsome; come as quickly as
         possible. "Bees appear fortunately to prefer the same
         colors as we do." --Lubbock. As, in a preceding part of
         a sentence, has such or so to answer correlatively to
         it; as with the people, so with the priest.
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   2. In the idea, character, or condition of, -- limiting the
      view to certain attributes or relations; as, virtue
      considered as virtue; this actor will appear as Hamlet.
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            The beggar is greater as a man, than is the man
            merely as a king.                     --Dewey.
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   3. While; during or at the same time that; when; as, he
      trembled as he spoke.
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            As I return I will fetch off these justices. --Shak.
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   4. Because; since; it being the case that.
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            As the population of Scotland had been generally
            trained to arms . . . they were not indifferently
            prepared.                             --Sir W.
                                                  Scott.
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   5. Expressing concession. (Often approaching though in
      meaning).
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            We wish, however, to avail ourselves of the
            interest, transient as it may be, which this work
            has excited.                          --Macaulay.
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   6. That, introducing or expressing a result or consequence,
      after the correlatives so and such. [Obs.]
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            I can place thee in such abject state, as help shall
            never find thee.                      --Rowe.
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   So as, so that. [Obs.]
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            The relations are so uncertain as they require a
            great deal of examination.            --Bacon.
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   7. As if; as though. [Obs. or Poetic]
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            He lies, as he his bliss did know.    --Waller.
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   8. For instance; by way of example; thus; -- used to
      introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
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   9. Than. [Obs. & R.]
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            The king was not more forward to bestow favors on
            them as they free to deal affronts to others their
            superiors.                            --Fuller.
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   10. Expressing a wish. [Obs.] "As have,"

   Note: i. e., may he have. --Chaucer.
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   As . . as. See So . . as, under So.

   As far as, to the extent or degree. "As far as can be
      ascertained." --Macaulay.

   As far forth as, as far as. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

   As for, or As to, in regard to; with respect to.

   As good as, not less than; not falling short of.

   As good as one's word, faithful to a promise.

   As if, or As though, of the same kind, or in the same
      condition or manner, that it would be if.

   As it were (as if it were), a qualifying phrase used to
      apologize for or to relieve some expression which might be
      regarded as inappropriate or incongruous; in a manner.

   As now, just now. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

   As swythe, as quickly as possible. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

   As well, also; too; besides. --Addison.

   As well as, equally with, no less than. "I have
      understanding as well as you." --Job xii. 3.

   As yet, until now; up to or at the present time; still;
      now.
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