Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “reluctant”

See all translations

reluctant

adjective uk   /rɪˈlʌk.tənt/ us  
C1 not willing to do something and therefore slow to do it: [+ to infinitive] I was having such a good time I was reluctant to leave. Many parents feel reluctant to talk openly with their children. She persuaded her reluctant husband to take a trip to Florida with her.
More examples
reluctantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
C1 She reluctantly agreed to step down as managing director.
Translations of “reluctant”
in Korean -하기를 꺼려하는…
in Arabic مُمانِع…
in French peu disposé à…
in Turkish isteksiz, gönülsüz, kerhen…
in Italian riluttante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 勉強的, 不情願的…
in Russian делающий что-либо неохотно…
in Polish niechętny…
in Spanish renuente, reacio…
in Portuguese relutante…
in German widerstrebend…
in Catalan refractari…
in Japanese ~したくない, 気が進まない…
in Chinese (Simplified) 勉强的, 不情愿的…
(Definition of reluctant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of reluctant?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “reluctant” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More