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adjective friendly pronunciation in British English /ˈfren(d)li/ 
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  1. 1
    someone who is friendly is always pleasant and helpful towards other people

    I enjoy working there – everyone is so friendly.

    He will be remembered as a kind, friendly person.

    friendly towards/to:

    The local people went out of their way to be friendly towards us.

    1. a.
      used about people's behaviour
      a friendly smile/manner/welcome:

      The receptionist greeted us with a friendly smile.

    2. b.
      used about places and situations

      There's a warm and friendly atmosphere in the pub.

      It's not a very friendly city.

  2. 2
    if you are friendly with someone, you are their friend

    Janet and I used to be very friendly (=friends with each other).

    friendly with:

    Doctors shouldn't get too friendly with their patients.

    on friendly terms:

    We parted on friendly terms.

  3. 4
    a friendly country or government has a good relationship with your country and is not your enemy

    To the Allies, Switzerland was a friendly neutral country.

    The new country hopes to establish friendly relations with all its neighbours.

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