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English definition of “precious”

precious

adjective  /ˈpreʃ·əs/ us  

precious adjective (VALUABLE)

of very great value or worth: precious memories Children are our most precious resource. Precious metals are gold, silver, and platinum. A precious stone is a jewel: Diamonds and rubies are precious stones.

precious

adverb  /ˈpreʃ·əs/ infml us  

precious adverb (VERY)

very: He earns precious little money.
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