Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

friendly - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective     friendly pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    someone who is friendly is always pleasant and helpful toward other people

    I enjoy working there, everyone is so friendly.

    He will be remembered as a kind, friendly person.

    friendly toward/to:

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

    1. a.
      used about people’s behavior
      a friendly smile/manner/welcome:

      The receptionist greeted us with a friendly smile.

      Synonyms and related words
    2. b.
      used about places and situations

      There’s a warm and friendly atmosphere at the club.

      It’s not a very friendly city.

      Synonyms and related words
  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. 3
    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 neighbors.

    1. a.
      on the same side as you in a war

      friendly aircraft

  4. 4
    a friendly game is not part of a competition but is played for fun or to practice skills

    Would you care for a friendly game of chess?

    1. a.
      used for saying that people compete with each other but are friends

      There was a friendly rivalry between them.

  5. 5
    business a friendly takeover is one in which a company has agreed that another company should buy it

derived word


noun [uncountable]
  • Facebook
  • Twitter


a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play