Definition of nicely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪsli/


1In a pleasant or attractive manner: nicely dressed in flowered cotton
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  • The sauce was pleasant and the garlic nicely roasted, but the flavours were sleepwalking.
  • The next singer is Ngaiire Joseph who was dressed much more nicely than last time when she appeared in a tablecloth.
  • She too was dressed in a gorgeous lacy yellow dress which contrasted nicely with her long, silky black hair.
attractively, pleasantly, pleasingly, agreeably, delightfully, beautifully, well, enjoyably, amusingly
1.1Satisfactorily: we’re doing very nicely now
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  • I think that would nicely satisfy all of the above criteria, stylistically.
  • His nicely designed and satisfyingly content-rich website should help me to educate myself.
  • All you want to do now, apart from sip wanly at the dregs of that satisfying Shiraz, is stump upstairs and crash into a nicely turned down bed.
1.2In a polite or friendly way: say goodbye nicely to Miss Sandra
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  • We extend sincere thanks to everybody who met us so nicely and so friendly when we called to their houses.
  • So she said: oh, OK then Rupert, since you're a friend, and since you've asked so nicely.
  • Yes, it's true the football team is coming off what is, to put it as nicely as possible, a disastrous season.

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