friendly

[[t]fre̱ndli[/t]]
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friendlier, friendliest, friendlies
1) ADJ-GRADED If someone is friendly, they behave in a pleasant, kind way, and like to be with other people.

Godfrey had been friendly to me.

...a man with a pleasant, friendly face...

Robert has a friendly relationship with his customers.

...a friendly atmosphere...

Your cat isn't very friendly.

Syn:
affable, amiable
Derived words:
friendliness N-UNCOUNT

She also loves the friendliness of the people.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ with n If you are friendly with someone, you like each other and enjoy spending time together.

I'm friendly with his mother...

Asmus became friendly with a number of writers and appeared in print as a literary critic.

3) ADJ-GRADED You can describe another country or their government as friendly when they have good relations with your own country rather than being an enemy.

...a worsening in relations between the two previously friendly countries.

4) N-COUNT In sport, a friendly is a match which is not part of a competition, and is played for entertainment or practice, often without any serious effort to win. [BRIT]

Athletic Bilbao agreed to play a friendly at Real Sociedad.

ADJ: ADJ n
Friendly is also an adjective.

Austria beat Hungary 3-nil in a friendly match at Salzburg on Wednesday.

(in AM, use exhibition game)

English dictionary. 2008.

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