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 Origin Old 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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