Meaning of “politely” in the English Dictionary

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"politely" in British English

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uk /pəˈlaɪ us /pəˈlaɪ

B1 in a polite way:

He told them politely to leave him in peace.

without enthusiasm:

The audience clapped politely.

More examples

  • The waiter smiled politely as he handed me my bill/handed my bill to me.
  • "Where are we going?" he inquired politely.
  • Very politely the little boy asked if he might have another piece of cake .
  • He sensed that his guests were bored, although they were listening politely.
  • He smiled politely as Mary apologized for her drunken friends.

(Definition of “politely” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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