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adj. nic•er, nic•est.
nice, nicety - Nice first meant "foolish, ignorant," derived from Latin nescius, "ignorant"; nicety first meant "stupidity."
Nice is a very common adjective. You use it to show that you like someone or something, or that something gives you pleasure.
Some people object to the use of nice because they say it does not have a clear meaning. This is only partly true.
When you use nice to talk about people or their behaviour, its meaning is clear. If you say that someone is 'a nice man' or 'a nice woman', you mean that they are kind and thoughtful.
You can say that it is nice of someone to do something. This is a way of showing gratitude when someone has behaved in a kind and thoughtful way.
If someone is being nice to someone else, they are behaving in a pleasant and friendly way towards them, even though they may not like them.
You can use nice with some nouns to talk about spending time in a pleasant way. This is a very common use. For example, if you say 'Have a nice evening', you are saying to someone that you hope they will spend the evening in a pleasant way. Similarly, if you say 'Did you have a nice holiday?', you are asking someone if they enjoyed their recent holiday.
In conversation, you can use nice to say that you like a thing or place. However, in formal writing it is better to find another adjective which expresses your meaning more exactly.
In conversation, nice is often used with other adjectives. For example, you can say that a room is nice and warm or describe it as a nice, warm room. When you use nice like this, you are saying that the room is nice because it is warm.
|Noun||1.||Nice - a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean; the leading resort on the French Riviera|
|Adj.||1.||nice - pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance; "what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so nasty"- George Meredith; "nice manners"; "a nice dress"; "a nice face"; "a nice day"; "had a nice time at the party"; "the corn and tomatoes are nice today"|
pleasant - affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings; "we had a pleasant evening together"; "a pleasant scene"; "pleasant sensations"
|2.||nice - socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous; "from a decent family"; "a nice girl"|
respectable - characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals; "a respectable woman"
|3.||nice - done with delicacy and skill; "a nice bit of craft"; "a job requiring nice measurements with a micrometer"; "a nice shot"|
precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
|4.||nice - excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow"|
fastidious - giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness; "a fastidious and incisive intellect"; "fastidious about personal cleanliness"
|5.||nice - exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture"|
polite - showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
pleasant awful, dreadful, miserable, unpleasant, disagreeable
kind mean, unpleasant, unkind, unfriendly, disagreeable
polite crude, coarse, vulgar, ill-bred
Nice[niːs] N → Niza f
nice[naɪs] ADJ (nicer (compar) (nicest (superl)))
it's very nice here → se está muy bien aquí
it would be nice to speak a foreign language → estaría bien poder hablar otro idioma
it was nice to see you → me ha alegrado mucho verte, fue un placer verte (frm)
it's not a very nice day, is it? (weather-wise) → no hace un día muy bueno, ¿verdad?
did you have a nice day? (at work) → ¿qué tal te fue el día?; (on trip) → ¿lo pasaste bien?
it's a nice idea, but → es buena idea, pero ...
it would be nice if you came too → me gustaría que tú también vinieses
nice one! → ¡estupendo!, ¡genial!
it smells nice → huele bien
it doesn't taste at all nice → no sabe nada bien
did you have a nice time at the party? → ¿te lo pasaste bien en la fiesta?
he's a really nice guy → es muy simpático, es muy majo (Sp) , es muy buena gente (LAm)
he was very nice about it → se mostró or (LAm) se portó muy amable al respecto
it was nice of you to help us → fuiste muy amable ayudándonos
to say nice things about sb → hablar bien de algn
to be nice to sb → ser amable con algn, tratar bien a algn
nice car! → ¡vaya coche!, ¡qué auto más lindo! (LAm)
you look nice! → ¡qué guapa estás!, ¡qué bien te ves! (LAm)
she has a nice smile → tiene una sonrisa muy bonita
that's not nice → eso no está bien, eso no se hace
nice girls don't smoke → las chicas finas or bien educadas no fuman
he has nice manners → es muy educado
what a nice young man → que joven más agradable y educado
a nice cold drink → una bebida bien fría
a nice little house → una casita muy mona
it's nice and convenient → resulta muy conveniente
nice and early → bien temprano
just take it nice and easy → tú tómatelo con calma
it's nice and warm here → aquí hace un calorcito muy agradable
nice friends you've got, they've just walked off with my radio → vaya amigos que tienes or menudos amigos tienes, acaban de llevarse mi radio
here's a nice state of affairs! → ¡dónde hemos ido a parar!
It's very nice → C'est très bon.
a nice cup of coffee → une bonne tasse de café
to have a nice time → passer un bon moment
have a nice time! → amuse-toi bien!
it's nice to see you → cela fait plaisir de te voir
it's nice that ... → c'est bien que ...
It's nice that you'll be able to visit us more often now → C'est bien que tu puisses tu nous rendre visite plus souvent à l'avenir.
That's a nice dress! → C'est une jolie robe!
Aix is a nice town → Aix est une jolie ville.
to look nice [woman, girl, place] → être joli(e)
You've got the room looking very nice → Vous avez rendu la pièce très jolie.
Your parents are very nice → Tes parents sont très gentils.
He's very nice once you get to know him → Il est très gentil une fois qu'on le connaît.
She could be quite nice sometimes → Elle pouvait se montrer très gentille parfois.
to say nice things about sth → dire des choses gentilles sur qch
it was nice of you to ... → c'était gentil de votre part de ...
It was nice of you to remember my birthday → C'était gentil de votre part de vous souvenir de mon anniversaire.
to be nice to sb → être gentil avec qn
Promise me you'll be nice to her → Promets-moi que tu seras gentil avec elle.
It's a nice day → Il fait beau.
It's not a very nice day, is it? → Il ne fait pas très beau n'est-ce pas?
nice weather → le beau temps
I like nice bright colours → J'aime les couleurs bien vives.
He painted the fence a nice bright green → Il a peint la clôture d'un vert bien vif.
It's nice and warm in here → Il fait bien chaud ici.
Stir the sauce until it's nice and creamy → Remuez la sauce jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit bien crémeuse.
Nice[niːs] n → Nizza
nice[naɪs] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl)))
he's a nice man → è una brava persona, è un uomo simpatico
he was very nice about it → è stato molto gentile
be nice to him → sii gentile con lui
how nice you look! → come stai bene!
did you have a nice time? → ti sei divertito?
it's nice here → si sta bene qui
that's a nice thing to say! → sono cose da dirsi, queste?
you've got us into a nice mess! → ci hai messo in un bel pasticcio
he has nice manners → ha modi gentili or garbati
nice girls don't go out at night on their own → le ragazze perbene non escono da sole la sera
that's not nice → non sta bene
he gets nice long holidays → le sue vacanze sono belle lunghe
it's nice and warm here → è bello caldo qui, c'è un bel calduccio qui
nice and early → di buon'ora