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Definition of happily adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1in a cheerful way; with feelings of pleasure or satisfaction children playing happily on the beach to be happily married I think we can manage quite happily on our own. And they all lived happily ever after (= used as the end of a fairy tale ).
  2. 2by good luck synonym fortunately Happily, the damage was only slight.
  3. 3willingly I'll happily help, if I can.
  4. 4(formal) in a way that is suitable or appropriate This suggestion did not fit very happily with our existing plans.
  5. Word Familyhappy adjective (unhappy)happily adverb (unhappily)happiness noun (unhappiness)
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