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adj. -li•er, -li•est,
Kindly can be an adverb or an adjective.
If you do something kindly, you do it in a kind way.
You can use kindly to show that you are grateful to someone.
Some people use kindly when they are asking someone to do something in an annoyed way. This is a rather old-fashioned use.
If you do not take kindly to something, you are very unwilling to accept it.
Kindly is sometimes an adjective with the same meaning as 'kind'. This is a rather old-fashioned use.
|Adj.||1.||kindly - showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity; "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"|
kind - having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
|2.||kindly - pleasant and agreeable; "a kindly climate"; "kindly breeze"|
|Adv.||1.||kindly - in a kind manner or out of kindness; "He spoke kindly to the boy"; "she kindly overlooked the mistake"|
unkindly - in an unkind manner or with unkindness; "The teacher treats the children unkindly"
benevolent mean, severe, harsh, cruel, malicious, unkindly, unsympathetic, malevolent, spiteful
benevolently meanly, harshly, cruelly, unkindly, maliciously, malevolently, spitefully, unsympathetically
a kindly soul → un alma caritativa or bondadosa
"you seem tired this morning, Jenny," she said kindly → -pareces cansada esta mañana, Jenny -dijo cariñosamente
he very kindly helped → tuvo la amabilidad de ayudar
to look kindly on sth → ver algo con buenos ojos
to look kindly on sb → ser benévolo con algn
to take kindly to sth he didn't take very kindly to her suggestion → no acogió muy bien su sugerencia
the villagers do not take kindly to newcomers → a la gente del pueblo no les gustan mucho los recién llegados
he doesn't take kindly to being kept waiting → no le hace ninguna gracia que le hagan esperar
to think kindly of sb → tener un buen concepto de algn
He kindly offered to help us → Il a gentiment offert de nous aider.
to kindly agree to do sth → gentiment accepter de faire qch
Charles has kindly agreed to help → Charles a gentiment accepté de nous aider.
He didn't take it kindly → Il l'a mal pris.
to take kindly to sth (= welcome) → voir qch d'un bon œil, goûter qch
They are unlikely to take kindly to the idea → Ils ne verront probablement pas cette idée d'un bon œil., Il est probable qu'ils ne goûtent guère cette idée.
not to take kindly to sth → ne guère goûter qch
He doesn't take kindly to criticism → Il ne goûte guère les critiques.
He didn't take kindly to being scolded by his own son → Il n'a guère goûté d'être réprimandé par son propre fils.
kindly wait a moment → abbia la cortesia or gentilezza di aspettare un momento
will you kindly ... → vuole... per cortesia
he doesn't take kindly to being kept waiting → non gli piace affatto dover aspettare
he didn't take it kindly → non l'ha presa molto bene