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careful

adjective uk   /ˈkeə.fəl/ us    /ˈker-/
A2 giving a lot of attention to what you are doing so that you do not have an accident, make a mistake, or damage something: Be careful with the glasses. Be careful where you put that hot pan. Be careful to look both ways when you cross the road. Michael is a very careful worker. After careful consideration of your proposal, I regret to say that we are unable to accept it. He's in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.
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in Korean 주의 깊은…
in Arabic مُنتَبِه…
in Portuguese cuidadoso, cauteloso, atento…
in Catalan curós…
in Japanese 慎重な…
in Italian prudente, attento…
in Chinese (Traditional) 仔細的, 小心的, 認真的…
in Russian осторожный, тщательный…
in Turkish dikkatli, itinalı, özenli…
in Chinese (Simplified) 仔细的, 小心的, 认真的…
in Polish uważny, ostrożny…
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