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friend·ly

 (frĕnd′lē)
adj. friend·li·er, friend·li·est
1.
a. Characteristic of or behaving as a friend: a friendly greeting; is friendly with his neighbors.
b. Outgoing and pleasant in social relations: a friendly clerk.
c. Favorably disposed; not antagonistic: a government friendly to our interests.
2.
a. User-friendly.
b. Informal Easy to understand or use for a specified agent. Often used in combination: a reader-friendly novel; a consumer-friendly policy.
c. Informal Low in amount relative to a standard or regular circumstance. Often used in combination: carbohydrate-friendly.
adv.
In the manner of a friend; amicably.
n. pl. friend·lies Informal
One fighting on or favorable to one's own side: "You're the only friendly we have there right now" (Tom Clancy).

friend′li·ly adv.
friend′li·ness n.

friendly

(ˈfrɛndlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. showing or expressing liking, goodwill, or trust: a friendly smile.
2. on the same side; not hostile
3. tending or disposed to help or support; favourable: a friendly breeze helped them escape.
n, pl -lies
(Team Sports, other than specified) sport Also called: friendly match a match played for its own sake, and not as part of a competition, etc
ˈfriendlily adv
ˈfriendliness n

friend•ly

(ˈfrɛnd li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est, adj.
1. characteristic of or befitting a friend: a friendly greeting.
2. like a friend; kind; helpful.
3. favorably disposed; inclined to approve, help, or support.
4. not hostile or at variance; amicable.
5. easy or pleasant to use, operate, understand, or experience (usu. used in combination): visitor-friendly museums; viewer-friendly art; a friendly computer.
adv.
6. Also, friend′li•ly. in a friendly manner; like a friend.
n.
7. one who shows no hostility.
[before 900]
friend′li•ness, n.

friendly

A contact positively identified as friendly. See also hostile.

friendly

A friendly person is kind and pleasant.

The staff are very friendly and helpful.

If you are friendly to someone or friendly towards someone, you are kind and pleasant to them.

The women had been friendly to Lyn.
Your father is not as friendly towards me as he used to be.

If you are friendly with someone, you like each other and enjoy spending time together.

I became friendly with some of my neighbours.

Friendly is never an adverb. Don't say, for example, 'He behaved friendly'. You say 'He behaved in a friendly way'.

We talked to them in a friendly way.
She looked up at Boris, smiling at him in such a friendly way.

Be Careful!
Don't confuse friendly and sympathetic. If you have a problem and someone is sympathetic or shows a sympathetic attitude, they show that they care and would like to help you.

When I told him how I felt, he was very sympathetic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.friendly - troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces; "friendlies came to their rescue"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
military personnel, soldiery, troops - soldiers collectively
hostile - troops belonging to the enemy's military forces; "the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles"
Adj.1.friendly - characteristic of or befitting a friend; "friendly advice"; "a friendly neighborhood"; "the only friendly person here"; "a friendly host and hostess"
congenial - suitable to your needs; "a congenial atmosphere to work in"; "two congenial spirits united...by mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues"- T.L.Peacock
gracious - characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit; "gracious even to unexpected visitors"; "gracious living"; "he bears insult with gracious good humor"
hospitable - disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity; "a good-natured and hospitable man"; "a hospitable act"; "hospitable invitations"
amicable - characterized by friendship and good will
social - living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups; "a human being is a social animal"; "mature social behavior"
sociable - inclined to or conducive to companionship with others; "a sociable occasion"; "enjoyed a sociable chat"; "a sociable conversation"; "Americans are sociable and gregarious"
warm - psychologically warm; friendly and responsive; "a warm greeting"; "a warm personality"; "warm support"
unfriendly - not disposed to friendship or friendliness; "an unfriendly coldness of manner"; "an unfriendly action to take"
2.friendly - inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile; "a government friendly to our interests"; "an amicable agreement"
amicable - characterized by friendship and good will
3.friendly - easy to understand or use; "user-friendly computers"; "a consumer-friendly policy"; "a reader-friendly novel"
combining form - a bound form used only in compounds; "`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"
unfriendly - not easy to understand or use; "user-unfriendly"
4.friendly - of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally; "in friendly territory"; "he was accidentally killed by friendly fire"
hostile - not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally; "hostile naval and air forces"

friendly

adjective amiable, kind, kindly, welcoming, warm, neighbourly, thick (informal), attached, pally (informal), helpful, sympathetic, fond, outgoing, comradely, confiding, affectionate, receptive, benevolent, attentive, sociable, genial, affable, fraternal, good, close, on good terms, chummy (informal), peaceable, companionable, clubby, well-disposed, buddy-buddy (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), palsy-walsy (informal), matey or maty (Brit. informal), on visiting terms He has been friendly to me.

friendly

adjective
1. Of or befitting a friend or friends:
2. Very closely associated:
Informal: thick.
Slang: tight.
Idiom: hand in glove with.
Translations
وُدِّيّوُدّي
přátelskýpřívětivý
venlig
amikaamike
sõbraliksõbralikult
ystävällinenoma
prijateljski
barátibarátságosbarátságosan
vinalegur
フレンドシップマッチ人当たりのよい友好的な友好的に味方
친절한
prieteneşteprietenos
prijazen
vänlig
เป็นมิตร
canayakındostça
thân thiện

friendly

[ˈfrendlɪ]
A. ADJ (friendlier (compar) (friendliest (superl)))
1. [person, dog, cat] → simpático; [atmosphere, place] → agradable; [smile, gesture] → simpático, cordial; [relationship, greeting, tone] → amistoso, cordial
it was an attempt to establish friendly relationsfue un intento de establecer relaciones amistosas or cordiales
I'm giving you a friendly warningte estoy advirtiendo como amigote estoy dando una advertencia de amigo
let me give you a piece of friendly advicedéjame que te dé un consejo de amigo
to become friendly with sbhacerse amigo de algn, trabar amistad con algn
we became friendlynos hicimos amigos
it's nice to see a friendly facees agradable ver una cara conocida
to get friendly with sbhacerse amigo de algn
we remained on friendly terms after we split updespués de cortar, seguimos siendo amigos
it's important to keep on friendly terms with themes importante seguir manteniendo una relación amistosa con ellos
that wasn't a very friendly thing to doeso no se hace con los amigos
to be friendly to sb they are not very friendly to strangersno se muestran muy amables con los extraños
she wasn't very friendly to meno estuvo demasiado amable conmigono se mostró muy amable conmigo
Yul and Steve were friendly with one anotherYul y Steve eran amigos
see also environmentally
2. (= not competitive) [match, rivalry, argument] → amistoso
3. (= not enemy) [nation, forces] → amigo
B. N (also friendly match) (Ftbl) → partido m amistoso
C. CPD friendly fire N (Mil) → fuego m amigo
friendly society Nmutualidad f, mutua f, mutual f (LAm)

friendly

[ˈfrɛndli]
adj
(= kind) [person] → sympathique, gentil(le)
She's really friendly → Elle est vraiment gentille.
to be friendly with → être ami(e) avec
to be friendly to sb → être amical(e) avec qn
(= welcoming) [place] → accueillant(e)
Liverpool is a very friendly city → Liverpool est une ville très accueillante.
[service] → accueillant(e)
[face] → amical(e)
[discussion, conversation, advice] → amical(e)
[smile, pat] → amical(e)
[country, government] → ami(e)
n (also friendly match) → match m amicalfriendly fire ntirs mpl de son propre camp
They were killed by friendly fire → Ils sont morts sous les tirs de leur propre camp.friendly match nmatch m amicalfriendly society nsociété f mutualiste

friendly

adj (+er)
(= amiable) person, smile, gesture, welcome, service, placefreundlich; argument, advice, attitudefreundschaftlich; cat, dogzutraulich; she gave him a friendly smilesie lächelte ihn freundlich an; he gave me a friendly pat on the shoulderer klopfte mir freundlich auf die Schulter; to get a friendly welcomefreundlich begrüßt werden; that wasn’t a very friendly thing to dodas war nicht gerade sehr freundlich; to be friendly to somebodyfreundlich or nett zu jdm sein; to be friendly (with somebody) (= to be friends)(mit jdm) befreundet sein; we’re very/quite friendlywir sind eng befreundet/ganz gute Freunde; friendly relationsfreundschaftliche Beziehungen pl; to be on friendly terms with somebodymit jdm auf freundschaftlichem Fuße stehen; to become or get friendly with somebodysich mit jdm anfreunden; to get friendly (inf: = intimate) → zärtlich werden ? user-friendly, environmentally
(Pol) country, nationbefreundet; government, corporationfreundlich gesinnt (→ to +dat); countries which are friendly to LibyaLänder, die Libyen freundlich gesinnt sind; unions friendly to managementunternehmerfreundliche Gewerkschaften pl; friendly portsHäfen plin befreundeten Ländern
n (Sport: = match) → Freundschaftsspiel nt

friendly

:
friendly fire
n (Mil) → Beschuss mdurch die eigene Seite
Friendly Islands
plFreundschaftsinseln pl
friendly match
n (Sport) → Freundschaftsspiel nt
friendly society
n (Brit) → Versicherungsverein mauf Gegenseitigkeit

friendly

[ˈfrɛndlɪ]
1. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → cordiale, amichevole
to be friendly to sb → essere cordiale con qn
to be friendly with sb → essere amico di qn
2. n (also friendly match) → (partita) amichevole f

friend

(frend) noun
1. someone who knows and likes another person very well. He is my best friend.
2. a person who acts in a friendly and generous way to people etc he or she does not know. a friend to animals.
ˈfriendless adjective
without friends. alone and friendless.
ˈfriendly adjective
kind and willing to make friends. She is very friendly to everybody.
ˈfriendship noun
1. the state of being friends. Friendship is a wonderful thing.
2. a particular relationship between two friends. Our friendship grew through the years.
make friends (with)
to start a friendly relationship; to become friends with someone. The child tried to make friends with the dog.

friendly

وُدِّيّ přívětivý venlig freundlich φιλικός simpático ystävällinen sympathique prijateljski amichevole 親しい 친절한 vriendelijk vennlig przyjazny amigável дружеский vänlig เป็นมิตร dostça thân thiện 友好的

friendly

adj amable
References in classic literature ?
He knew my father years ago, and he sent me a polite note this afternoon, saying he hoped I would allow him to express his friendly feeling toward my children by sending them a few trifles in honor of the day.
During the second month after she came to the house, Louise gave up all hope of getting on a friendly footing with the Hardy girls and went to her own room as soon as the evening meal was at an end.
But the Indians were a friendly tribe, of which he was a member, and could be depended on.
Beyond Chicago we were under the protection of a friendly passenger conductor, who knew all about the country to which we were going and gave us a great deal of advice in exchange for our confidence.
The warriors appeared to be on the most friendly terms, and seemingly conversed much together; yet, according to the account of the interpreter, each was absolutely ignorant of what the other said.
Driving at that hour, on a lovely day, through a country to which the summer sweetness seemed to offer me a friendly welcome, my fortitude mounted afresh and, as we turned into the avenue, encountered a reprieve that was probably but a proof of the point to which it had sunk.
Now and then, as happens at all receptions everywhere, a more than ordinary friendly soul blocked the procession and kept it waiting while he inquired how the brothers liked the village, and how long they were going to stay, and if their family was well, and dragged in the weather, and hoped it would get cooler soon, and all that sort of thing, so as to be able to say, when he got home, "I had quite a long talk with them"; but nobody did or said anything of a regrettable kind, and so the great affair went through to the end in a creditable and satisfactory fashion.
Stand a litter furder west -- so -- that's it; it's a prime comfort to see faces that's friendly when a body's in such a muck of trouble, and there don't none come here but yourn.
The letter was from this gentleman himself, and written in the true spirit of friendly accommodation.
In this half-jesting, half-earnest manner she was accustomed to maintain a sort of friendly authority over Mr.
My books looked weary of awaiting me, and they and the whole lonely house begged me to take them where sometimes they might be handled by human fingers, mellowed by lamplight, cheered by friendly laughter.
Going up to him I greeted him in a friendly way, but he only nodded his head at me in reply.