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

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 30 Jan. 2023.

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