happily
adverb Date: 14th century 1. a. in a fortunate manner b. as it fortunately happens <
happily, some boyhood pleasures don't change — P. A. Witteman
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2. archaic by chance 3. in a happy manner or state 4. in an adequate or fitting manner ; successfully

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  • Happily — Hap pi*ly (h[a^]p p[i^]*l[y^]), adv. [From {Happy}.] 1. By chance; peradventure; haply. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. By good fortune; fortunately; luckily. [1913 Webster] Preferred by conquest, happily o erthrown. Waller. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • happily — (adv.) mid 14c., by chance or accident, from HAPPY (Cf. happy) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning fortunate, lucky is late 14c.; that of appropriately is from 1570s. Happily ever after recorded by 1853 …   Etymology dictionary

  • happily — [adv1] with joy, pleasure agreeably, blissfully, blithely, brightly, buoyantly, cheerfully, contentedly, delightedly, delightfully, devotedly, elatedly, enthusiastically, exhilaratingly, exultantly, freely, gaily, gladly, gleefully, graciously,… …   New thesaurus

  • happily — hap|pi|ly [ˈhæpıli] adv 1.) in a happy way ▪ Michelle smiled happily. ▪ I m a happily married man. ▪ So she married the prince, and they lived happily ever after (=used at the end of children s stories to say that someone was happy for the rest… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • happily — hap|pi|ly [ hæpıli ] adverb ** 1. ) in a happy way: Yes, he said, smiling happily. He and his wife are happily settled. 2. ) used when you are pleased about something: Happily, she wasn t injured in the crash. 3. ) in a willing way: I ll happily… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • happily */*/ — UK [ˈhæpɪlɪ] / US adverb 1) used when you are pleased about something Happily, she wasn t injured in the crash. 2) in a happy way Yes, he said, smiling happily. He and his wife are happily settled in their new home. 3) in a willing way I ll… …   English dictionary

  • happily — [[t]hæ̱pɪli[/t]] ADV GRADED: ADV with cl You can add happily to a statement to indicate that you are glad that something happened. → See also happy Happily, his neck injuries were not serious... Happily, Lisa Martineau takes an opposite approach …   English dictionary

  • happily — adverb 1 in a happy way: a happily married couple 2 (sentence adverb) fortunately: Happily, his injuries were not serious. 3 very willingly: I d happily go for you …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • happily — adverb 1) he smiled happily Syn: contentedly, cheerfully, cheerily, merrily, delightedly, joyfully, joyously, gaily, gleefully 2) I will happily do as you ask Syn: gladly, willingly …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • happily — [ˈhæpɪli] adv 1) used when you are pleased about something Happily, nobody was injured.[/ex] 2) in a happy way He and his wife are happily settled in their new home.[/ex] 3) in a willing way I ll happily cook the dinner if you want me to.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • happily — adv. Happily is used with these adjectives: ↑engaged, ↑married, ↑occupied, ↑settled Happily is used with these verbs: ↑accept, ↑agree, ↑announce, ↑bark, ↑beam, ↑blend, ↑chat …   Collocations dictionary

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