What does “well” mean, in the phrase “well before”

The book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by By Michael Lewis” says

But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to
write it – before I had a story to fall in love with.

What does well mean here? Does that mean “already”, “exactly” or some other meaning?

Answer

“Well before” is “before”, and not just “before”, but “quite a bit before”, or “significantly before.” In other words, there was enough time between the idea for the book and the storyline, that there can be no doubt which came first.

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