French translation of 'kindly'
1. [person] bienveillant(e) ⧫ plein(e) de gentillesse
2. [interest, tone] bienveillant(e)
1. [say] gentiment
“Don’t worry,” she said kindly. « Ne t’en fais pas », m’a-t-elle dit gentiment.
2. [offer, invite] gentiment
He kindly offered to help us. Il a gentiment offert de nous aider.
to kindly agree to do sth gentiment accepter de faire qch
Charles has kindly agreed to help. Charles a gentiment accepté de nous aider.
3. [treat] avec gentillesse
to look kindly on sth voir qch d’un bon œil
He didn’t take it kindly. Il l’a mal pris.
to take kindly to sth (= welcome) voir qch d’un bon œil ⧫ goûter qch
They are unlikely to take kindly to the idea. Ils ne verront probablement pas cette idée d’un bon œil. ⧫ Il est probable qu’ils ne goûtent guère cette idée.
not to take kindly to sth ne guère goûter qch
He doesn’t take kindly to criticism. Il ne goûte guère les critiques.
He didn’t take kindly to being scolded by his own son. Il n’a guère goûté d’être réprimandé par son propre fils.
6. (= please)
kindly refrain from
Kindly refrain from smoking. Veuillez vous abstenir de fumer. ⧫ Ayez l’obligeance de vous abstenir de fumer.
will you kindly ... ayez l’obligeance de ...
Will you kindly stop shouting at me. Ayez l’obligeance de cesser de me crier dessus.
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Example Sentences Including 'kindly'
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There is evidence that he was a kindly man.Malory: The Life and Times of King Arthur's Chronicler (2005)
Buddy picks up a rake and kindly offers to help.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
But it's a reassuring presence and it grows on you like the frown of a grizzled but kindly uncle.The Sun (2011)
His international fame always came as a surprise to students who had encountered him only as a kindly, caring figure.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
On the last day of filming he kindly offered me a sniff.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
So who are these mysterious people and why do they look so kindly upon bankers?Times, Sunday Times (2009)
And with a warm and kindly shake of the hand, he left them.North and South (1855)
Would she not look kindly at him?Wives and Daughters (1864)
And he does not take kindly to younger managers trying to muscle in on his territory.The Sun (2013)
If so, would they kindly leave the country and close the door after them.The Sun (2016)
It bounced kindly for me but I caught it just right.The Sun (2013)
She likens his touch to'the soft petting of a kindly uncle '.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
So I was sort of known and the drivers were often kindly and indulgent.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
And let us speak kindly of his qualifications for a job in an international trade or banking bureaucracy.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
As for the families of victims, my wish is that you kindly leave your door open for me to make my apologies.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
He seems like a kindly old gent to his unsuspecting neighbours.The Sun (2012)
Will the last member of the UK to leave kindly turn off the lights and lock up.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
It hurt to watch this kindly old gent suffer the rejection.Christianity Today (2000)
They had not taken her interest kindly.Indian Balm - Travels in the Southern Subcontinent (1994)
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'kindly' in Other Languages
British English: kindly /ˈkaɪndlɪ/ ADVERB
If you do something kindly, you do it in a gentle, caring, and helpful way.
He very kindly asked me to the party.
- American English: kindly
- Arabic: لُطْفَاً
- Brazilian Portuguese: amavelmente
- Chinese: 亲切地
- Croatian: ljubazno
- Czech: laskavě
- Danish: venligt
- Dutch: vriendelijk
- European Spanish: amablemente
- Finnish: ystävällisesti
- French: gentiment
- German: freundlicherweise
- Greek: ευγενικά
- Italian: cortesemente
- Japanese: 親切に
- Korean: 친절하게
- Norwegian: vennlig
- Polish: uprzejmie
- European Portuguese: amavelmente
- Romanian: cu amabilitate
- Russian: любезно
- Spanish: amablemente
- Swedish: vänligt
- Thai: อย่างใจดี
- Turkish: iyilikle
- Ukrainian: доброзичливо
- Vietnamese: một cách tử tế
British English: kindly ADJECTIVE
A kindly person is kind, caring, and sympathetic.
He was a stern critic but an extremely kindly man.
Translation of kindly from the Collins English to French Dictionary