Definition of kindly in US English:

kindly

adverb

  • 1In a kind manner.

    ‘“Never mind,” she said kindly’
    • ‘In this he was assisted by a lady of the court whom he had broken into in another manner, and who felt kindly towards him.’
    • ‘With due respect to your person I kindly wish to ask for your attention and consideration just for a while.’
    • ‘No matter what the period was and what the issues were, the leadership has always regarded kindly and respected the China Youth Daily.’
    • ‘There will once again be a raffle with more lovely prizes kindly donated by the generous business people of Tramore.’
    • ‘Generous support from the Markle Foundation is kindly acknowledged.’
    • ‘He says it kindly, and I think that he might actually respect my opinion.’
    • ‘The nurses at the geriatric hospital kindly shared his care with the family.’
    • ‘Evidently he's heard about kindly respectful paparazzi and wants to test the water.’
    • ‘He asked his mom, who kindly informed us that it would be blackfish, a fairly popular fish in many parts of Asia.’
    • ‘Imagine his surprise on Christmas Eve when he opened his post, only to see the bank had kindly sent him on a brand spanking new chequebook - for pounds.’
    • ‘I have a novel idea, let's treat one another kindly, with dignity and respect.’
    • ‘Kaezik answered her kindly, a model of charm and manners.’
    • ‘And maybe some people will join because they feel lonely and want to be part of a group that treats them kindly and with respect.’
    • ‘All visa applicants are kindly referred to apply at the respective embassies in Bangkok only.’
    • ‘The Times of India very kindly provided the stickers.’
    • ‘Is it possible for you and your husband to talk honestly, kindly and straightforwardly to each other?’
    • ‘To put it kindly, the manner in which juniors are treated varies a great deal from club to club.’
    • ‘Jack Clancy of Clancy's Bar has kindly provided generous sponsorship to subsidise transport to Coleraine.’
    • ‘Well, we spoke before the break and you very kindly gave us your frank and honest overall view that that particular recommendation had not been handled well or at all.’
    • ‘He received Augustine kindly, and Monica held him in deep respect as a pastor.’
    benevolently, good-naturedly, warmly, affectionately, tenderly, lovingly, compassionately
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    1. 1.1 Please (used in a polite request or demand, often ironically)
      ‘will you kindly sign the enclosed copy of this letter’
      • ‘We are requesting the public to kindly organise a Coffee Day in your own home, work place, or local area.’
      • ‘I would request you to kindly alter the duration of a day on earth from the present 24 hours to 32 hours.’
      • ‘Prime Minister, would you kindly explain why taxes must rise?’
      • ‘Can someone kindly explain to me what all the recent fuss is about on the freedom pass issue.’
      • ‘If there is some other reason for offering the staff money, kindly explain.’
      please, if you please, if you would be so good, if you wouldn't mind, have the goodness to, pray
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adjective

  • Kind, warm-hearted, or gentle.

    ‘he was a quiet, kindly man’
    • ‘I'm aware that's a generalisation, and that there may be some gentle, kindly drivers somewhere in the country, but I haven't found one yet.’
    • ‘He as a kindly gentleman and he will be sadly missed by the people of the district.’
    • ‘There are also ritual lamps, and a charming gilded swing with push-rods to lull the deity into a kindly tolerance of human failings.’
    • ‘The father she remembers was a warm, kindly person for whom no one ever had a bad word - a man devoted to his four daughters.’
    • ‘Customers often asked the kindly gentleman to help crack their problems, which could be anything from domestic quarrels to housing disputes.’
    • ‘They are always kindly, protective, helpful and understanding, honoring the mother spirit within women.’
    • ‘But at the same time she had a sincere, kindly and generous nature to which I instinctively warmed.’
    • ‘The child know that he or she is loved because in these kindly acts and gentle deeds, love is conveyed, beyond words.’
    • ‘A kindly gentleman, Con was a great neighbour and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his devoted family and close friends.’
    • ‘I called out for a doctor or vet and a kindly gentleman stepped forward with a cat under one arm, a Labrador on a leash and what looked like a rather confident swordfish without a sword on the end of its nose.’
    • ‘It is true that he was, as he appeared to be, a gentle and kindly man, but in other respects he was not at all what he seemed.’
    • ‘It was certainly not the action of a man whom many people have described to me as being ‘genial, kindly and benign’.’
    • ‘The Mayo Abbey and Brize region has lost a kindly gentleman with the passing of Sonny Gibbons.’
    • ‘Hopkins is a gentle, kindly soul who doesn't get on anyone's goat and is happy doing his own thing.’
    • ‘While during his dealings with his generals' children, he is seen as a kindly father-figure, capable of generosity and fun.’
    • ‘These kindly gentlemen sometimes have other children waiting to be graded and, understandably, wish to see auspicious outcomes.’
    • ‘May, who was a resident of Harbour Street and latterly of Hill 60, was a kindly neighbour and good friend and will be most sadly missed.’
    • ‘Michael, or Girders, as he was affectionately known, was a good father and grandad, kindly neighbour and friend.’
    • ‘As one of this country's great achievers, he was also a friendly, approachable and kindly man who gave great encouragement to others in his field.’
    • ‘He had a gentle, kindly manner, twinkling eyes and quick smile, a keen sense of humour and a penetrating wit.’
    benevolent, kind, kind-hearted, warm-hearted, generous, good-natured, humane
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Phrases

  • look kindly on

    • Regard (someone or something) sympathetically.

      • ‘May God look kindly on him and may he rest in peace.’
      • ‘Everyone will know that their wealth depends on the U.S. - they won't look kindly on anyone that bites the hand that feeds them.’
      • ‘History doesn't look kindly on such attitudes.’
      • ‘But it wouldn't surprise me if history looked kindly on them in the coming years.’
      • ‘In the meantime, regulatory decisions should look kindly on standard formats, and not obsess over the application of antitrust laws in this context.’
      • ‘But the Gods looked kindly on Freddie that day - undeservedly, I think - so I answered.’
      • ‘But, against the run of play, Stanley had enough in their locker to take the lead after the referee, for a change, looked kindly on the visitors.’
      • ‘He pointed out the Government had set £520m aside and indicated they would look kindly on a ‘properly costed plan’ as part of a bid for more money from a new Transport Innovation Fund.’
      • ‘He said initial discussions with Kennet officers had led him to believe that the council would look kindly on a future partnership to develop the central car park.’
      • ‘Given the strict regulations shops face now in disposing of used oil safely, I can't imagine that anyone in charge of environmental regulation or drinking water is going to look kindly on this process.’
  • not take kindly to

    • Not welcome or be pleased by (someone or something).

      • ‘This Government doesn't take kindly to law enforcement types undercutting its position.’
      • ‘Bamford doesn't take kindly to this invasion of the privacy of others, whether the others are foreign states or individuals.’
      • ‘Only a few people in our team knew one of the secrets I harboured; I didn't take kindly to too many people knowing my weaknesses.’
      • ‘Grace is a stern taskmaster and Bible-thumper who doesn't take kindly to her little girl's ‘nonsense’ about ghosts in the house.’
      • ‘And we all know cons don't take kindly to softies who fake their own deaths using low-end special effects.’
      • ‘During the opening scene of Undertow, his character is being pursued by an angry, shotgun-wielding neighbour who doesn't take kindly to the boy fraternising with his daughter.’
      • ‘Bob takes his art very seriously and doesn't take kindly to jokes about his dancers' limited abilities or the deeper, more spiritual side of himself so eloquently expressed in his presentations.’
      • ‘They are beautiful creatures but don't take kindly to people invading their territory.’
      • ‘I talked back to her and she didn't take kindly to that.’
      • ‘But the fun rapidly turns into a nightmare when the angry agent shows up to get his girl and doesn't take kindly to the youngster's interest.’
      resent, dislike, object to, take umbrage at, take exception to, be offended by, take offence at, be annoyed by, be irritated by, be displeased by, be affronted by, feel aggrieved about, take something amiss, be upset by, be put out by
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  • take something kindly

    • Like or be pleased by something.

      • ‘And since all that's the case, I'd take it kindly if you and Hurthang and perhaps your friends Kaeritha and Brandark would be sitting down with Marglyth and me to thrash out just how we'd best go about letting that word out.’
      • ‘He fends off questions with a heavy irony that I want to warn him - except I'm not sure he'll take it kindly - doesn't work in print.’
      • ‘That was a pretty thinly veiled shot at Exel, who did not take the comments kindly.’
      • ‘I do not take it kindly that the mayor of this town will allow the American Nazi party to have their rally at the Crossing Park.’
      • ‘I don't suppose Lancaster would take it kindly to know you and some others of your ilk didn't exactly hold off that mob from the Savoy, now did you?’
      • ‘I don't take it kindly when people treat me unfairly.’
      • ‘‘I've been cautioned that the members of the Iowa Legislature might not take it kindly,’ said Sen.’
      • ‘Brixton didn't take it kindly but with me standing right next to Lita, there was nothing he could do but curse out loud a few times.’
      • ‘And the BJP and its vote bank will not take it kindly.’
      • ‘Who would object… who would take it kindly if any one should assume to protect him by driving off those who wanted to bring him such things?’
  • thank someone kindly

    • Thank someone very much.

      • ‘‘Time for your bed, milady,’ the maid told her in a soft tone, and her mistress thanked her kindly before slipping between the sheets, expertly warmed with a copper bedpan.’
      • ‘‘The Boss thanks you kindly for your assistance,’ the stranger concluded.’
      • ‘I thank you kindly, Lord Roane, for your services.’
      • ‘All I can say is thank you kindly for all your patience and continued support.’
      • ‘The results are on the front page and we thank her kindly.’
      • ‘And working beneath a pair of backstabbers like you and my stepsister just isn't in the cards for me, Ronald, although I do thank you kindly for the offer.’
      • ‘Mostly I dozed, very happily, thank you kindly. ‘Sleep is the best medicine,’ my mother used to say, and I reckon she wasn't far wrong.’
      • ‘Please let us know what you think, and as always, thank you kindly for reading.’
      • ‘Then yes, I am going to eat it, and I'll thank you kindly to let me eat it in peace.’
      • ‘We only have so much patience time, so we thanked him kindly for his efforts and moved on.’

Origin

Old English: adverb from gecyndelīce ‘naturally, characteristically’ (see kind, -ly); adjective from gecyndelīc ‘natural’ (see kind, -ly).

Pronunciation

kindly

/ˈkaɪn(d)li//ˈkīn(d)lē/