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English definition of “reticent”

reticent

adjective     /ˈret.ɪ.sənt/ US  /ˈret̬.ə-/ formal
unwilling to speak about your thoughts or feelings : He is very reticent about his past. Most of the students were reticent about answer ing questions .Not saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasiveShy and modestAnxious and worried reticence     /-səns/ noun [U] His reticence about his past made them very suspicious .Not saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasiveShy and modestAnxious and worried reticently     /-li/ adverb
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