From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Welcome \Wel"come\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Welcomed; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Welcoming.] [AS. wilcumian.]
   To salute with kindness, as a newcomer; to receive and
   entertain hospitably and cheerfully; as, to welcome a
   visitor; to welcome a new idea. "I welcome you to land."
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         Thus we salute thee with our early song,
         And welcome thee, and wish thee long.    --Milton.
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