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take kindly to

Definition of take kindly to

  1. :  to willingly accept or approve of (someone or something) —usually used in negative statements <He does not take kindly to criticism.> <She does not take kindly to people who tell her what to do.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  natural

    :  lawful

    :  of an agreeable or beneficial nature :  pleasant

  1. :  in the normal way :  naturally

    :  readily

    :  in a kind manner :  sympathetically

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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