Definition of kindly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkaɪndli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaɪndli//
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  1. 1  in a kind way She spoke kindly to them. He has kindly agreed to help. ‘Don’t worry, Jo,’ he said kindly. She kindly agreed to give me a ride home.
  2. 2  (old-fashioned, formal) used to ask or tell somebody to do something, especially when you are annoyed Kindly leave me alone! Visitors are kindly requested to sign the book.
  3. Word OriginOld English: adverb from gecyndelīce ‘naturally, characteristically’ (see the adjective kind, -ly); adjective from gecyndelīc ‘natural’ (see the noun kind, -ly).Idioms
    look kindly on/upon something/somebody
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    (formal) to approve of something/somebody He hoped they would look kindly on his request.
    not take kindly to something/somebody
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    to not like something/somebody She doesn't take kindly to sudden change.
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