US: /pəˈɫaɪt/
UK: /pəlˈa‍ɪt/

English Vietnamese dictionary

polite /pə'lait/
  • tính từ
    • lễ phép, có lễ độ; lịch sự, lịch thiệp
    • tao nhã (văn...)

Advanced English dictionary

+ adjective (politer, politest)
Help Note: more polite and most polite are also common
1 having or showing good manners and respect for the feelings of others
Please be polite to our guests. + We were all too polite to object.
2 socially correct but not always sincere: I don't know how to make polite conversation. + The performance was greeted with polite applause.
3 [only before noun] from a class of society that believes it is better than others: 'Bum' is not a word we use in polite company.
politely adverb: The receptionist smiled politely.
politeness noun [U]: He stood up out of politeness and offered her his seat.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 civil, respectful, well-mannered, mannerly, courteous, deferential, diplomatic, tactful, formal, proper, cordial:
We asked our new neighbours to tea but were met with a polite refusal
2 See polished, 2, above.
1 ingenious, shrewd, crafty, canny, cunning, designing, scheming, clever, wily, foxy, tricky, artful, Macchiavellian, evasive, shifty, Colloq cagey:
Daniel is politic enough to know how to manoeuvre situations to his benefit
2 tactful, diplomatic, discreet, prudent, judicious, wise, sage, sagacious, sensible, intelligent, percipient, discriminating, far-sighted, expedient, perceptive:
It was politic of the winner to share the prize with those who had helped him most.

Collocation dictionary


be, seem, sound | remain


extremely, very | perfectly, scrupulously, unfailingly | fairly, quite | coolly, formally
His manner was coolly polite and impersonal.


She was scrupulously polite to him.

Concise English dictionary

+showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
+marked by refinement in taste and manners
+not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others