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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 peoples behaviour
      a friendly smile/manner/welcome: The receptionist greeted us with a friendly smile.
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    2. b.
      used about places and situations
      There’s a warm and friendly atmosphere in the pub.
      It’s not a very friendly city.
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  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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