Definition of “courtesy” - English Dictionary

“courtesy” in British English

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courtesynoun [ U or C ]

uk /ˈkɜː.tə.si/ us /ˈkɝː.t̬ə.si/

B2 polite behaviour, or a polite action or remark:

You might get along better with your parents if you showed them some courtesy.
[ + to infinitive ] He could at least have had the courtesy to say sorry.
The president welcomed her visitors with the usual courtesies.
(by) courtesy of

by permission of:

Jessie J appears courtesy of Universal Records.

because of:

He got his black eye courtesy of a bloke he insulted at the bar last night.

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

“courtesy” in American English

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courtesynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈkɜr·t̬ə·si/

polite behavior, or a polite action:

[ U ] They should teach drivers to show pedestrians some courtesy.

(Definition of “courtesy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“courtesy” in Business English

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courtesynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkɜːtəsi/ us

polite behaviour, or a polite action or remark:

He was treated with courtesy and hospitality.
I have written to the customer relations director twice but he has not had the courtesy to reply.
As a courtesy, we will email you if there is any change to these arrangements.
(by) courtesy of

with the permission of someone:

Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

because of, or provided by, someone or something:

Dealers were not excited about the market's performance, noting that the strong gains came courtesy of a handful of stocks.
This offer comes to you courtesy of the One World travel company.

courtesyadjective [ only before noun ]

uk /ˈkɜːtəsi/ us

provided at no cost:

There is a courtesy bus provided to take you to the terminal.
AA Insurance now offers a courtesy car until all claims are settled.

(Definition of “courtesy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)