He still had his bald spots, but the fur that he did have cleaned up nice.—Kate DiCamillo
In fact, the action is part of what made the findings redundant. The action mattered because it has, for the past two years, forced Microsoft to play nice. [=to behave nicely; to be cooperative and unaggressive in dealing with others]—Gary Rivlin
Bipartisanship may also be elusive if it means a hostile GOP majority has to play nice with a President it has tried to kick out of office.—Amy Borrus et al.
correct usually implies freedom from fault or error.
socially correct dress
accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care.
an accurate description
exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth.
precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation.
nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination.
makes nice distinctions
right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault.
the right thing to do
Examples of nice in a Sentence
I hope you all had a nice time.
It's so nice to see you again.
It's nice to be back home.
It's nice to know that you're all right.
It would be nice to try something different.
We had a very nice dinner.
“Hello, my name is Sara.” “It's nice to meet you, Sara.”
It's nice to see you, Luis. How have you been?
She wears the nicest clothes.
He looks nice in his new suit. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The shampoo also has a nice lather, which made the application process so much easier and ensured a thorough cleanse every time.—Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 Anderson can adjust to the ball well and be elusive, while Gresham is a versatile player with a nice blend of speed and quickness.—Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2023 And because each knit is clearly labeled with a monogram, Santa will have no trouble delivering treats to everyone on his nice list.—Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2023 Her shoes were pointed toe heels, a nice touch of detail to add dimension to her ‘fit.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 13 Sep. 2023 Lauren: See you back here next Wednesday, and until then, have a nice future.—Gideon Lichfield, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023 For its size, the unit gave off a good amount of heat, but wasn't overwhelming, and provided a nice ambiance, too.—Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2023 The user of this apartment is a nice gentlemen appreciates details & texture while also quite flexible in spatial arrangement.—Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 12 Sep. 2023 At the end of the ride, kids and kids at heart will get to have a special meeting with Santa Claus and his reindeer, who will also hand out a commemorative jingle bell to everyone on his nice list.—Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023
The Terran 1 rocket sure cleans up nice.—Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2023 The concept is simple: Each episode is an in-depth journey on a notable train somewhere around the world, with likable and very-earnestly-excited-about-trains-but-in-a-nice-calming-way host Teddy Wilson acting as a tour guide and pal throughout each trip.—Vulture Editors, Vulture, 11 Nov. 2022 Ryan Reynolds cleans up nice, to say the least.—Lydia Price, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2022 The other nice-yielding REIT making 52-week highs of late is outlet mall giant Tanger Factory Outlet (SKT, 4.6% yield).—Brett Owens, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2023 Why does this perfectly nice-seeming man never get a line, let alone a storyline?—Emma Specter, Vogue, 28 Nov. 2022 Amazon has instead offered up a steady stream of nice-sounding anecdotes about plastic use that don’t add up to much.—Matt Littlejohn, Fortune, 16 June 2022 Irish Spring featured a somewhat strange gathering of nice-smelling people on an island.—Tim Calkins For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 14 Feb. 2022 Most of them are feeding off a neither-candidate-is-good-enough syndrome that makes people vote for mystery men and women who come attached to a nice-sounding party label.—Gail Collins New York Times, Star Tribune, 17 Sep. 2020 See More
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Middle English, foolish, wanton, from Anglo-French, silly, simple, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescire not to know — more at nescience
Middle English nice "foolish, stupid," from early French nice (same meaning), from Latin nescius "ignorant," from nescire "not to know," from ne- "not" and scire "to know" — related to science
Five hundred years ago, when nice was first used in English, it meant "foolish or stupid." This is not as surprising as it may seem, since it came through early French from the Latin nescius, meaning "ignorant." By the 16th century, the sense of being "very particular" or "finicky" had developed. In the 19th century, nice came to mean "pleasant or agreeable" and then "respectable," a sense quite unlike its original meaning.