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Definition of nicely adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1in an attractive or acceptable way; well The room was nicely furnished. The plants are coming along nicely (= growing well).
  2. 2in a kind, friendly, or polite way If you ask her nicely she might say yes.
  3. 3(formal) carefully; exactly His novels nicely describe life in Britain between the wars.
  4. Idioms
    1. 1to be making good progress Her new business is doing very nicely.
    2. 2to be acceptable Tomorrow at ten will do nicely (= will be a good time).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: nicely