Definition of nicely in English:



  • 1In a pleasant or attractive manner.

    ‘nicely dressed in flowered cotton’
    • ‘Her light blue dress fitted her thin form nicely, but didn't reveal anything.’
    • ‘It's kind of a browny-purple number which is set off nicely by a cashmere scarf that's dull purple on one side and beige on the other.’
    • ‘She too was dressed in a gorgeous lacy yellow dress which contrasted nicely with her long, silky black hair.’
    • ‘Van Sowerwine has a very nicely designed web site that's also up to date - a rarity among artist sites.’
    • ‘Susie and I were all dressed up nicely and her friends were waiting for us outside her house.’
    • ‘I sit in the shade mostly, looking out at the sun, but even so the effect of the open air and reflected sunshine is weathering my skin nicely.’
    • ‘I think your hair would go nicely with that dress if you let some of it hang down.’
    • ‘The next singer is Ngaiire Joseph who was dressed much more nicely than last time when she appeared in a tablecloth.’
    • ‘After that, most students have a reception at their houses, and are brought there in a nicely decorated car.’
    • ‘It combines nicely with Glory-of-the-snow which flowers a bit earlier.’
    • ‘She was wearing a baby blue dress that enhanced her deep brown eyes and features nicely.’
    • ‘In fact, it was very nicely decorated with yellow - flowered walls and paintings of more flowers.’
    • ‘Out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of Fiona in her violet dress, hair let down nicely.’
    • ‘She was naturally attractive with her cute face and short but nicely curved body.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful morning, and the sun came nicely into the room.’
    • ‘If it is a habit for you to dress sharply, then suit up nicely even when going to the movies.’
    • ‘The sauce was pleasant and the garlic nicely roasted, but the flavours were sleepwalking.’
    • ‘They appear to be nicely dressed college students with two girls for every boy.’
    • ‘It looks wide and lumpy bumpy in the picture, but it actually drapes nicely when worn.’
    • ‘Phoenix sat back and watched as they gorged themselves on all manner of foods the cooks had so nicely prepared for her.’
    attractively, pleasantly, pleasingly, agreeably, delightfully, beautifully, well, enjoyably, amusingly
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    1. 1.1 Satisfactorily.
      ‘we're doing very nicely now’
      • ‘We do have to put some screen over the heating vent, but for now the cage top of the aquarium set up blocks it nicely.’
      • ‘His nicely designed and satisfyingly content-rich website should help me to educate myself.’
      • ‘Even by what is described as seasonally dull standards, British art is doing quite nicely.’
      • ‘The line drifted down nicely but I wasn't sure if I should concentrate on the trout or the indicator.’
      • ‘Alert in the United box to accept a through-ball, the striker dinked it nicely over Barthez.’
      • ‘With ingredients such as ginseng and tea these pleasantly scented products do the job very nicely.’
      • ‘She was so beautiful and was growing up so nicely, not to mention she was nice herself too.’
      • ‘The shirt was the only thing that was really dressed up for him, but he pulled it off nicely.’
      • ‘AOL dialler and Firefox browser working very nicely so far, thank you.’
      • ‘Tomorrow a really good article is coming out that unpacks this aspect of the story quite nicely.’
      • ‘Just the thought of rearranging my nicely planned out routine is enough to make me break out in hives.’
      • ‘I was doing quite nicely on my half a dozen beers and it's amazing how three small glasses of champagne have so much alcohol content in them.’
      • ‘The scheme is a well considered design, which is nicely detailed and handles the corner plot in a satisfactory way.’
      • ‘All you want to do now, apart from sip wanly at the dregs of that satisfying Shiraz, is stump upstairs and crash into a nicely turned down bed.’
      • ‘I think that would nicely satisfy all of the above criteria, stylistically.’
      • ‘The camellia with its glossy green leaves and beautiful blooms should do very nicely.’
      • ‘It was wonderful to see finally that Zelda for DS is coming along nicely, and was a pleasant surprise.’
      • ‘I'm a short-attention-span kind of girl, so it breaks up my day nicely.’
      • ‘This Corinthian helmet, currently on display at the Manchester Museum, would do nicely.’
      • ‘Almost all of the bureaucrats at the information ministry have done very nicely for themselves since the war.’
      satisfactorily, satisfyingly, fittingly, acceptably
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    2. 1.2 In a polite or friendly way.
      ‘say goodbye nicely to Miss Sandra’
      • ‘We extend sincere thanks to everybody who met us so nicely and so friendly when we called to their houses.’
      • ‘So she said: oh, OK then Rupert, since you're a friend, and since you've asked so nicely.’
      • ‘I came here by Mr Romanov's choice and Mr Burley accepted me very nicely in the team.’
      • ‘Maddy nicely accepted the Barbie doll Quarter gave her but said nothing after that.’
      • ‘Sometimes, I just write to the person involved and ask them nicely to cease and desist.’
      • ‘Yes, it's true the football team is coming off what is, to put it as nicely as possible, a disastrous season.’
      politely, courteously, civilly
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