I UK [ˈfren(d)lɪ] / US adjective
Word forms "friendly":
adjective friendly comparative friendlier superlative friendliest
A friendly relationship between people is like warm, sunny weather. When people are unfriendly towards one another, it is like cold weather. They greeted us warmly when we arrived. They are very warm-hearted/cold-hearted people. I didn't like him at first, but I soon warmed to him. She has a sunny disposition. Their friendly greetings were met with a frosty silence. We were given a rather chilly reception. He stared at us coldly. She treated us with cool indifference. The other two girls began to freeze her out. Observers have noted a thaw in Franco-American relations.
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.

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

The receptionist greeted us with a friendly smile.

b) used about places and situations

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

It's not a very friendly city.

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.

a) a friendly game is not part of a competition but is played for fun or to practise skills

Moscow Dynamo came and played Walsall in a friendly match.

b) used for saying that people compete with each other but are friends

There was a friendly rivalry between them.

a) 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.

b) on the same side as you in a war

friendly aircraft

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

Derived word:
noun uncountable
II UK [ˈfren(d)lɪ] / US [ˈfrendlɪ] noun [countable]
Word forms "friendly":
singular friendly plural friendlies British
a game that is not part of a competition but is played for fun or to practise skills

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