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"kindly" in British English

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kindlyadverb

uk   us   /ˈkaɪnd.li/
B1 in a ​kind way: Stella has very kindly ​offered to ​help out with the ​food for the ​party. old-fashioned formal used when ​asking someone to do something, ​especially when you are ​annoyed with them but still ​want to be ​polite: You are kindly ​requested to ​leave the ​building.

kindlyadjective

uk   us   /ˈkaɪnd.li/ old-fashioned
A kindly ​person or ​action is a ​kind one: a kindly ​oldlady
(Definition of kindly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kindly" in American English

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kindlyadjective

 us   /ˈkɑɪnd·li/
(of a ​person) having a ​character that is ​generous, ​helpful, and ​caring about other ​people: a kindly man

kindlyadverb

 us   /ˈkɑɪnd·li/
in a ​generous, ​helpful, and ​caring way: They ​treated me kindly.
(Definition of kindly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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