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English definition of “obvious”


adjective     /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 .Apparent and obviousVisible
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