to bid welcome


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Welcome \Wel"come\, n.
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   1. Salutation to a newcomer. "Welcome ever smiles." --Shak.
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   2. Kind reception of a guest or newcomer; as, we entered the
      house and found a ready welcome.
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            His warmest welcome at an inn.        --Shenstone.
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            Truth finds an entrance and a welcome too. --South.
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   To bid welcome, to receive with professions of kindness.
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            To thee and thy company I bid
            A hearty welcome.                     --Shak.
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