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adjective nice pronunciation in American English /naɪs/
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  1. 1
    attractive, enjoyable, or pleasant

    Your hair looks nice.

    a nice cup of coffee

    There’s a nice view from the upstairs window.

  2. 2
    friendly, kind, and pleasant

    She’s a nice girl.

    it is nice of someone (to do something):

    It was nice of you to come and see me.

    nice to:

    He’s always been nice to me.

    1. a.
      spoken used for saying that someone or something is not friendly, kind, or pleasant

      Mark hasn’t invited you.” “Well, that’s very nice, isn’t it?”

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  3. 3
    used with another adjective to emphasize that you like a particular quality that someone or something has

    nice warm socks

    a nice big smile

    nice and warm/comfortable/clean etc.:

    It’s nice and quiet in here.

    I like my coffee nice and strong.

  4. 5
    done with a lot of skill

    a nice hit by one of the boxers

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noun [uncountable]


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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