Definition of kindly in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkīn(d)lē/ /ˈkaɪn(d)li/

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  • 1In a kind manner.

    ‘“Never mind,” she said kindly’
    • ‘To put it kindly, the manner in which juniors are treated varies a great deal from club to club.’
    • ‘No matter what the period was and what the issues were, the leadership has always regarded kindly and respected the China Youth Daily.’
    • ‘Jack Clancy of Clancy's Bar has kindly provided generous sponsorship to subsidise transport to Coleraine.’
    • ‘And maybe some people will join because they feel lonely and want to be part of a group that treats them kindly and with respect.’
    • ‘There will once again be a raffle with more lovely prizes kindly donated by the generous business people of Tramore.’
    • ‘Evidently he's heard about kindly respectful paparazzi and wants to test the water.’
    • ‘Is it possible for you and your husband to talk honestly, kindly and straightforwardly to each other?’
    • ‘The nurses at the geriatric hospital kindly shared his care with the family.’
    • ‘Kaezik answered her kindly, a model of charm and manners.’
    • ‘In this he was assisted by a lady of the court whom he had broken into in another manner, and who felt kindly towards him.’
    • ‘Well, we spoke before the break and you very kindly gave us your frank and honest overall view that that particular recommendation had not been handled well or at all.’
    • ‘I have a novel idea, let's treat one another kindly, with dignity and respect.’
    • ‘He asked his mom, who kindly informed us that it would be blackfish, a fairly popular fish in many parts of Asia.’
    • ‘Generous support from the Markle Foundation is kindly acknowledged.’
    • ‘He says it kindly, and I think that he might actually respect my opinion.’
    • ‘With due respect to your person I kindly wish to ask for your attention and consideration just for a while.’
    • ‘All visa applicants are kindly referred to apply at the respective embassies in Bangkok only.’
    • ‘He received Augustine kindly, and Monica held him in deep respect as a pastor.’
    • ‘The Times of India very kindly provided the stickers.’
    • ‘Imagine his surprise on Christmas Eve when he opened his post, only to see the bank had kindly sent him on a brand spanking new chequebook - for pounds.’
    benevolently, good-naturedly, warmly, affectionately, tenderly, lovingly, compassionately
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    1. 1.1Please (used in a polite request or demand, often ironically)
      ‘will you kindly sign the enclosed copy of this letter’
      • ‘I would request you to kindly alter the duration of a day on earth from the present 24 hours to 32 hours.’
      • ‘We are requesting the public to kindly organise a Coffee Day in your own home, work place, or local area.’
      • ‘Can someone kindly explain to me what all the recent fuss is about on the freedom pass issue.’
      • ‘Prime Minister, would you kindly explain why taxes must rise?’
      • ‘If there is some other reason for offering the staff money, kindly explain.’
      please, if you please, if you would be so good, if you wouldn't mind, have the goodness to, pray
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adjectivekindlier, kindliest

  • Kind, warm-hearted, or gentle.

    • ‘he was a quiet, kindly man’
    benevolent, kind, kind-hearted, warm-hearted, generous, good-natured, humane
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    take something kindly
    • Like or be pleased by something.

      ‘this may not be taken too kindly by your colleagues’
      • ‘And the BJP and its vote bank will not take it kindly.’
      • ‘That was a pretty thinly veiled shot at Exel, who did not take the comments kindly.’
      • ‘And since all that's the case, I'd take it kindly if you and Hurthang and perhaps your friends Kaeritha and Brandark would be sitting down with Marglyth and me to thrash out just how we'd best go about letting that word out.’
      • ‘‘I've been cautioned that the members of the Iowa Legislature might not take it kindly,’ said Sen.’
      • ‘Who would object… who would take it kindly if any one should assume to protect him by driving off those who wanted to bring him such things?’
      • ‘I do not take it kindly that the mayor of this town will allow the American Nazi party to have their rally at the Crossing Park.’
      • ‘I don't suppose Lancaster would take it kindly to know you and some others of your ilk didn't exactly hold off that mob from the Savoy, now did you?’
      • ‘I don't take it kindly when people treat me unfairly.’
      • ‘He fends off questions with a heavy irony that I want to warn him - except I'm not sure he'll take it kindly - doesn't work in print.’
      • ‘Brixton didn't take it kindly but with me standing right next to Lita, there was nothing he could do but curse out loud a few times.’
    thank someone kindly
    • Thank someone very much.

      ‘We only have so much patience time, so we thanked him kindly for his efforts and moved on.’
      • ‘Mostly I dozed, very happily, thank you kindly. ‘Sleep is the best medicine,’ my mother used to say, and I reckon she wasn't far wrong.’
      • ‘The results are on the front page and we thank her kindly.’
      • ‘‘The Boss thanks you kindly for your assistance,’ the stranger concluded.’
      • ‘‘Time for your bed, milady,’ the maid told her in a soft tone, and her mistress thanked her kindly before slipping between the sheets, expertly warmed with a copper bedpan.’
      • ‘And working beneath a pair of backstabbers like you and my stepsister just isn't in the cards for me, Ronald, although I do thank you kindly for the offer.’
      • ‘I thank you kindly, Lord Roane, for your services.’
      • ‘Then yes, I am going to eat it, and I'll thank you kindly to let me eat it in peace.’
      • ‘Please let us know what you think, and as always, thank you kindly for reading.’
      • ‘All I can say is thank you kindly for all your patience and continued support.’
    not take kindly to
    • Not welcome or be pleased by (someone or something)

      ‘she does not take kindly to criticism’
      • ‘I talked back to her and she didn't take kindly to that.’
      • ‘Only a few people in our team knew one of the secrets I harboured; I didn't take kindly to too many people knowing my weaknesses.’
      • ‘Bob takes his art very seriously and doesn't take kindly to jokes about his dancers' limited abilities or the deeper, more spiritual side of himself so eloquently expressed in his presentations.’
      • ‘But the fun rapidly turns into a nightmare when the angry agent shows up to get his girl and doesn't take kindly to the youngster's interest.’
      • ‘During the opening scene of Undertow, his character is being pursued by an angry, shotgun-wielding neighbour who doesn't take kindly to the boy fraternising with his daughter.’
      • ‘Grace is a stern taskmaster who doesn't take kindly to her little girl's ‘nonsense’ about ghosts in the house.’
      • ‘Bamford doesn't take kindly to this invasion of the privacy of others, whether the others are foreign states or individuals.’
      • ‘This Government doesn't take kindly to law enforcement types undercutting its position.’
      • ‘And we all know cons don't take kindly to softies who fake their own deaths using low-end special effects.’
      • ‘They are beautiful creatures but don't take kindly to people invading their territory.’
    look kindly on
    • Regard (someone or something) sympathetically.

      ‘they didn't look too kindly on our request’
      • ‘But, against the run of play, Stanley had enough in their locker to take the lead after the referee, for a change, looked kindly on the visitors.’
      • ‘But the Gods looked kindly on Freddie that day - undeservedly, I think - so I answered.’
      • ‘But it wouldn't surprise me if history looked kindly on them in the coming years.’
      • ‘He pointed out the Government had set £520m aside and indicated they would look kindly on a ‘properly costed plan’ as part of a bid for more money from a new Transport Innovation Fund.’
      • ‘Given the strict regulations shops face now in disposing of used oil safely, I can't imagine that anyone in charge of environmental regulation or drinking water is going to look kindly on this process.’
      • ‘In the meantime, regulatory decisions should look kindly on standard formats, and not obsess over the application of antitrust laws in this context.’
      • ‘History doesn't look kindly on such attitudes.’
      • ‘May God look kindly on him and may he rest in peace.’
      • ‘Everyone will know that their wealth depends on the U.S. - they won't look kindly on anyone that bites the hand that feeds them.’
      • ‘He said initial discussions with Kennet officers had led him to believe that the council would look kindly on a future partnership to develop the central car park.’


Old English adverb from gecyndelīce ‘naturally, characteristically’ (see kind, -ly); adjective from gecyndelīc ‘natural’ (see kind, -ly).