kindly

  • 1 Kindly — Kind ly (k[imac]nd l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Kindlier} (k[imac]nd l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Kindliest}.] [AS. cyndelic. See {Kind}, n. ] [1913 Webster] 1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.] [1913 Webster] The kindly fruits of the earth. Book… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 kindly — ► ADVERB 1) in a kind manner. 2) please (used in a polite request). ► ADJECTIVE (kindlier, kindliest) ▪ kind; warm hearted. ● not take kindly to Cf. ↑not take kindly to …

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  • 3 kindly — [kīnd′lē] adj. kindlier, kindliest [ME cyndelich < OE (ge)cyndelic, natural < cynd(e): see KIND] 1. kind; gracious; benign 2. agreeable; pleasant [a kindly climate] 3. Archaic natural; native; innate adv. kin …

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  • 4 Kindly — Kind ly, adv. 1. Naturally; fitly. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Examine how kindly the Hebrew manners of speech mix and incorporate with the English language Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a… …

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  • 5 kindly — as used to introduce a formal request (You are kindly requested to refrain from smoking / Kindly refrain from smoking), now has a dated sound to it, and it is never quite clear who it is who is being kind (a point Fowler noticed in 1926). A… …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 kindly — [adj] compassionate, helpful attentive, beneficial, benevolent, benign, benignant, cool, cordial, favorable, friendly, generous, genial, gentle, good, good hearted, good natured, gracious, hearty, humane, kind, kindhearted, mellow, merciful, mild …

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  • 7 kindly — index benevolent, humane, paternal, peaceable, philanthropic, propitious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 kindly — (adj.) early 14c., from O.E. gecyndelic natural, innate; suitable, lawful; see KIND (Cf. kind) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Related: Kindliness. The adverb meaning with kind feelings is from O.E. gecyndelice, with LY (Cf. ly) (2) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 kindly — benign, benignant, *kind Analogous words: *gracious, cordial, genial, affable, sociable: *amiable, good natured, complaisant, obliging: friendly, neighborly (see AMICABLE): considerate, *thoughtful, attentive Antonyms: unkindly: acrid (of temper …

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  • 10 kindly — 1 adverb 1 in a kind way; generously: Mr Nunn has kindly agreed to let us use his barn for the dance. 2 spoken formal a word meaning please , which is often used when you are annoyed: Will you kindly put that book back? 3 not take kindly to to be …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 kindly — [[t]ka͟ɪndli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A kindly person is kind, caring, and sympathetic. He was a stern critic but an extremely kindly man. Derived words: kindliness N UNCOUNT His kindliness and warmth made him particularly effective with… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 kindly — kind|ly1 [ kaındli ] adjective a kindly person behaves in a kind way toward other people: a courteous kindly gentleman kindly kind|ly 2 [ kaındli ] adverb * 1. ) in a kind way: Don t worry about it, she said kindly. 2. ) SPOKEN FORMAL used for… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 kindly — I UK [ˈkaɪndlɪ] / US adverb Word forms kindly : comparative kindlier superlative kindliest * 1) in a kind way Don t worry about it, she said kindly. 2) a) formal used for asking someone to do something, especially when you are trying to hide the… …

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  • 14 kindly — kind|ly1 [ˈkaındli] adv 1.) in a kind way = ↑generously kindly offer/agree/give etc ▪ Mr Nunn has kindly agreed to let us use his barn for the dance. 2.) not take kindly to sth to be unwilling to accept a situation because it annoys you ▪ She… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 kindly — 1. adv. 1 in a kind manner (spoke to the child kindly). 2 often iron. used in a polite request or demand (kindly acknowledge this letter; kindly leave me alone). Phrases and idioms: look kindly upon regard sympathetically. take a thing kindly… …

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  • 16 kindly — I. adjective (kindlier; est) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cyndelīc, from cynd Date: before 12th century 1. a. obsolete natural b. archaic lawful 2. of an agr …

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  • 17 kindly — [ˈkaɪndli] adv I 1) in a kind way ‘Don t worry about it, she said kindly.[/ex] 2) spoken formal used for making a polite request Would you kindly stop making that noise?[/ex] Kindly return one copy of the letter to me.[/ex] • not take kindly to… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 kindly — /kuynd lee/, adj., kindlier, kindliest, adv. adj. 1. having, showing, or proceeding from a benevolent disposition or spirit; kindhearted: kindly people. 2. gentle or mild, as rule or laws. 3. pleasant, agreeable, or benign: kindly climate. 4.… …

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  • 19 kindly — adverb 1》 in a kind manner. 2》 please (used in a polite request): will you kindly sign this letter. adjective (kindlier, kindliest) kind and gentle. Phrases look kindly on regard sympathetically. not take kindly to not welcome or be pleased by.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 kindly — kind•ly [[t]ˈkaɪnd li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est, adv. 1) having, showing, or proceeding from a kind disposition: kindly people[/ex] 2) gentle or mild 3) pleasant or beneficial 4) in a kind manner 5) cordially or heartily: We thank you kindly[/ex]… …

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