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pretty

adverb uk   /ˈprɪt.i/ us    /ˈprɪt̬-/ informal
B1 quite, but not extremely: The house has four bedrooms, so it's pretty big. I'm pretty sure it was her. I've got a pretty good idea of how to get there.pretty much/well B1 almost: I've pretty much finished here. She knows pretty well everything there is to know on the subject.
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pretty

adjective uk   /ˈprɪt.i/ us    /ˈprɪt̬-/
A2 pleasant to look at, or (especially of girls or women or things connected with them) attractive or pleasant in a delicate way: That's a pretty hat you're wearing. The sofa was covered in very pretty flowery material. She's got such a pretty daughter.
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prettiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Her prettiness was matched by her intelligence.
Translations of “pretty”
in Korean 꽤, 어느 정도…
in Arabic لَطيف إلى حَدّ ما…
in French joli, beau…
in Turkish oldukça, epey, bir hayli…
in Italian piuttosto, quasi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 相當,頗,很,非常…
in Russian довольно, достаточно…
in Polish dosyć, raczej…
in Spanish bonito, lindo, buen…
in Portuguese bem…
in German hübsch, schön…
in Catalan bastant…
in Japanese けっこう, かなり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 相当,颇,很,非常…
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