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Definition of friendly adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (friendlier, friendliest)
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  1. 1behaving in a kind and pleasant way because you like someone or want to help them a warm and friendly person friendly to/toward(s) somebody Everyone was very friendly toward me. opposite unfriendly
  2. 2showing kindness; making you feel relaxed and as though you are among friends a friendly smile/welcome a small hotel with a friendly atmosphere opposite unfriendly
  3. 3friendly (with somebody) treating someone as a friend We soon became friendly with the couple next door. She was on friendly terms with most of the hospital staff. We were not on the friendliest of terms (= we were not friendly at all).
  4. 4(especially of the relationship between countries) not treating someone or something as an enemy to maintain friendly relations with all countries opposite hostile
  5. 5(often in compound adjectives) that is helpful and easy to use; that helps someone or something or does not harm it This software is much friendlier than the previous version. environmentally friendly farming methods ozone-friendly cleaning materials see also user-friendly
  6. 6in which the people, teams, etc. taking part are not seriously competing against each other a friendly argument friendly rivalry It was only a friendly game.
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noun [uncountable] We were greeted with warmth and friendliness.