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English definition of “obvious”


adjective uk   /ˈɒəs/ us    /ˈɑːb-/
B1 easy to see, recognize, or understand: [+ (that)] It's obvious (that) she doesn't like him. They have a small child so for obvious reasons they need money. I know you don't like her, but do you have to make it so obvious? Am I stating the obvious (= saying what everyone already knows)? There is no obvious solution.
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