There are many reasons to use "Well" at the beginning of a sentence. One reason is to defend yourself.

When someone has attacked your actions or something that you said, you can say "Well" before you explain yourself:

A: You never do the dishes!

B: Well, that's because I don't use as many dishes as you.

A: You broke it!

B: Well you're the one who told me to hold it like that!

Defending yourself with "Well" can make you sound a little childish when you use it in an argument. But you can also use "Well" to defend yourself a little more calmly:

A: Don't you have to go to work soon?

B: Well, yeah, but it's OK if I get to the office a little late.

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