Definition of friendly in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfrɛn(d)li

adjective (friendlier, friendliest)

  • 1Kind and pleasant: they were friendly to me she gave me a friendly smile
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    • Does it matter if we smile and are friendly to him?
    • They do not only live in harmony but are equally friendly to visitors.
    • Eddie was held in high esteem by the farming community and his pleasant friendly smile endeared him to all.
    affectionate, affable, amiable, genial, congenial, cordial, warm, demonstrative, convivial, companionable, company-loving, sociable, gregarious, outgoing, clubbable, comradely, neighbourly, hospitable, approachable, easy to get along with, accessible, communicative, open, unreserved, easy-going, good-natured, kindly, benign, amenable, agreeable, obliging, sympathetic, well disposed, benevolent; Scottish couthy
    informal chummy, pally, clubby
    British informal matey, decent
    North American informal buddy-buddy
    rare conversable
    amicable, congenial, cordial, pleasant, good-natured, easy, casual, informal, unceremonious, comradely, confidential, close, intimate, familiar; peaceable, peaceful, conciliatory, harmonious, non-hostile
  • 1.1 [predic.] (Of a person) on good or affectionate terms: I was friendly with one of the local farmers
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    • We are friendly with our neighbours, with people at work, and with the kids and parents at our son's school.
    • And you have to have all of your own supplies, because unless you're friendly with the neighbors, there is no one around to borrow from.
    • Sam has chosen people that he is friendly with and that he can talk to.
  • 1.2(Of relations) not in conflict: we want friendly relations with all countries
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    • Chimps and bonobos appear to place value on maintaining good relations, renewing friendly contact after a fight.
    • In many social mammals, the desire for friendly relations comes into conflict with the need to compete for resources, including mates.
    • Stewart and Campbell were men of status, who knew each other well, and for a time enjoyed friendly relations in spite of their clan and political differences.
  • 1.3Not seriously competitive or divisive: friendly rivalry between the two schools
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    • He summed up the season as being competitive yet friendly and with the trio applying to join next year it was evident that the league continued to grow.
    • ‘It's a competition that pitches towns right around the island into friendly rivalry,’ the Minister said.
    • This is a competition that creates friendly rivalry among the participants and the judging is anticipated with great enthusiasm.
  • 1.4British (Of a game or match) not forming part of a serious competition.
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    • Bradford came to Oxford for a friendly game of water polo on Saturday.
    • Botswana yesterday marked 38 years of independence with a win over Zambia in an international friendly soccer match played in Gaborone.
    • Chulumanda said he has directed the director of sports to organise international friendly games following the aborted trip to China.
  • 2 [in combination] Denoting something that is adapted for or is not harmful to a specified thing: an environment-friendly agronomic practice child-friendly policies
  • 3Favourable or serviceable: no one noticed her as she slipped out—it was a friendly night
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    • When they woke after midday, they would eat and talk quietly together, waiting for the friendly cover of night to fall before moving on.
    • The idea sprang from the cost to convert the simulators to friendly lighting for night vision goggles.
    • The society intends to connect the three activities of production, marketing and service to promote environmentally friendly ways.
    favourable, advantageous, beneficial, benevolent, helpful, well disposed, good; lucky, providential
  • 4 Military (Of troops or equipment) of, belonging to, or allied with one’s own forces: the risk of blowing up friendly forces is minimized
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    • Its initial purpose was to prevent Allied aircraft bombing friendly ground forces.
    • When a mechanized force enters an area with friendly infantry, both light and mechanized soldiers get a little apprehensive.
    • In the case of air defense or offensive military equipment, waiting until friendly forces are engaged is too late to confirm disablement.

noun (plural friendlies)

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  • A game or match that does not form part of a serious competition: England will play two friendlies in Sardinia
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    • Firstly, let them get the real feeling and the spirit of the game by playing friendlies.
    • We were not allowed to play any pre-season friendlies so we have started well under very difficult circumstances.
    • They are bound to have different takes on the action but they were in unison when admitting that it was one of their best friendlies of the pre-season.



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  • Aaron was jogging towards them, smiling friendlily, totally ignoring Gio's instant glares.
  • Instead of screaming him, which he probably expected me to do, I calmly and friendlily gave him a small smile.
  • Dave finishes, friendlily clapping Will on the shoulder.

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