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friendly

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adjective friend·ly \ˈfren(d)-lē\

Definition of friendly

friendlier

friendliest

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or befitting a friend: as a :  showing kindly interest and goodwill 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

  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

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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.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of friendly

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

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of friendly

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

1861

First Known Use of friendly

1861



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

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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