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friendly

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adjective friend·ly \ˈfren(d)-lē\

Definition of friendly

friendlier

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friendliest

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or befitting a friend: such asa :  showing kindly interest and goodwill <friendly neighbors>b :  not hostile <a friendly merger offer>; also :  involving or coming from actions of one's own forces <friendly fire>c :  cheerful, comforting <the friendly glow of the fire>

  2. 2 :  serving a beneficial or helpful purpose <A friendly breeze finally drove the boat into harbor.>

  3. 3 :  easy to use or understand <friendly computer software> —often used in combination <a reader-friendly layout>

  4. 4 :  compatible, accommodating <environmentally friendly packaging> —often used in combination <a kid-friendly restaurant>

friendlily

play \ˈfren(d)-lə-lē\ adverb

friendliness

noun

Examples of friendly in a sentence

  1. The local people are very friendly to visitors.

  2. It was friendly of him to offer to help us.

  3. His friendly smile was reassuring.

  4. They maintained a friendly correspondence.

  5. A friendly breeze helped us sail the boat into the harbor.

Origin and Etymology of friendly

see 1friend


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of friendly

amicable, neighborly, friendly mean exhibiting goodwill and an absence of antagonism. amicable implies a state of peace and a desire on the part of the parties not to quarrel <maintained amicable relations>. neighborly implies a disposition to live on good terms with others and to be helpful on principle <neighborly concern>. friendly stresses cordiality and often warmth or intimacy of personal relations <sought friendly advice>.

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friendly

adverb friend·ly

Definition of friendly

  1. :  in a friendly manner :  amicably

Origin and Etymology of friendly

see 1friend


First Known Use: before 12th century


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friendly

noun friend·ly

Definition of friendly

plural

friendlies

  1. 1 :  one that is friendly; especially :  a native who is friendly to settlers or invaders

  2. 2 chiefly British :  a match between sports teams and especially international teams that has no connection with league or championship play

Origin and Etymology of friendly

see 1friend


First Known Use: 1836



FRIENDLY Defined for English Language Learners

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friendly

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adjective friend·ly \ˈfren(d)-lē\

Definition of friendly for English Language Learners

  • : acting like a friend : kind and helpful

  • : having or showing the feelings that friends have for each other

  • : showing support or approval


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friendly

noun friend·ly

Definition of friendly for English Language Learners

  • : a game between sports teams that is done for fun and not as part of a regular playing season


FRIENDLY Defined for Kids

friendly

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adjective friend·ly \ˈfrend-lē\

Definition of friendly for Students

friendlier

friendliest

  1. 1 :  having or showing the kindness and warmth of a friend <a friendly neighbor> <a friendly smile>

  2. 2 :  being other than an enemy

  3. 3 :  easy or suitable for <a kid-friendly restaurant>

friendliness

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Law Dictionary

friendly

adjective friend·ly

Legal Definition of friendly

  1. :  agreeable to those affected :  not hostile <a friendly takeover>



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