take kindly to

idiomatic phrase

: to feel or show an inclination or willingness to accept or approve of (something or someone)
She congratulated herself still more on observing in the course of days that Mr Verloc seemed to be taking kindly to Stevie's companionship.Joseph Conrad
usually used in negative constructions
He doesn't take kindly to criticism. [=he doesn't like to be criticized]
But Terry Gilliam has never been a company man. … He has never taken kindly to the controls of studio heads and accountants …Kathi Maio
… Grandfather was a strict Loyalist. He would not take kindly to anyone who criticized the king!Valerie Trip

Examples of take kindly to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unsurprisingly, many creators didn’t take kindly to seeing the symbols of their livelihood explode like party favors and be reduced to a single consumer product. Allison Johnson, The Verge, 29 May 2024 Scheana later mentions her emotional conversation with Sandoval to Ariana and Katie Maloney, who, shockingly, don’t take kindly to it. Krystie Lee Yandoli, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2024 When George and Harden did that, Lue didn’t take kindly to their remarks. Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 While senators have the authority to vote to dismiss the trial, don't expect House Republicans to take kindly to this option. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 8 Apr. 2024 So here’s the first big problem: This is an election year, in case anyone needs reminding, and voters may not take kindly to candidates who try to ban one of their favorite apps—or, for many, an app that accounts for their income. David Meyer, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2024 The bull didn’t take kindly to camera-clicking, two-legged gawkers and went into anger mode. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2024 As the Turks become more democratic their cultural distinctiveness will take on a more Islamic tinge, which Europeans won't take kindly to. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 14 Sep. 2010 But country music doesn’t always take kindly to outspoken women—just ask The Chicks. Lindy Segal, Glamour, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1733, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of take kindly to was in 1733

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“Take kindly to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20kindly%20to. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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