Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “deliberately”

deliberately

adverb     /dɪˈlɪb.ər.ət.li/ US  /-ɚ-/
B2 intentionally: I'm sure he says these things deliberately to annoy me.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping slowly and carefully: Calmly and deliberately, she poured petrol over the car and set it alight.Slow and moving slowlyPaying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant
(Definition of deliberately adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of deliberately

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Planning, expecting and arranging, but you might be interested in these topics from the Thinking about the future topic area:

Definitions of “deliberately” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beneficiary

a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More