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friendly

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adjective friend·ly \ ˈfren(d)-lē \

Definition of friendly

friendlier; friendliest
1 :of, relating to, or befitting a friend: such as
a :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 :serving a beneficial or helpful purpose
  • A friendly breeze finally drove the boat into harbor.
3 a :easy to use or understand
  • friendly computer software
often used in combination
  • a reader-friendly layout
b :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 :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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of friendly

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

Definition of friendly

:in a friendly manner :amicably

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friendly

noun

Definition of friendly

plural friendlies
1 :one that is friendly; especially :a native who is friendly to settlers or invaders
2 chiefly British :a match between sports teams and especially international teams that has no connection with league or championship play

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Origin and Etymology of friendly



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; friendliest
1 :having or showing the kindness and warmth of a friend
  • a friendly neighbor
  • a friendly smile
2 :being other than an enemy
3 :easy or suitable for
  • a kid-friendly restaurant

friendliness

noun

Law Dictionary

friendly

adjective friend·ly

legal Definition of friendly

:agreeable to those affected :not hostile
  • a friendly takeover


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