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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 neighborsb :  not hostile a friendly merger offer; also :  involving or coming from actions of one's own forces friendly firec :  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. 3a :  easy to use or understand friendly computer software —often used in combination a reader-friendly layoutb :  designed or intended to accommodate particular needs, users, etc. —usually used in combination a kid-friendly restaurant … providing a more business-friendly and professional environment … — Matt Miller — see also user-friendly

  4. 4 :  not causing or likely to cause harm environmentally friendly packaging [=packaging that does not damage the environment] —often used in combination an eco-friendly vehicle

friendlily

play \ˈfren(d)-lə-lē\ adverb

friendliness

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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

friendly

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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

friendly

noun

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

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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

noun

Law Dictionary

friendly

adjective friend·ly

Legal Definition of friendly

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



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