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English definition of “thoughtful”

thoughtful

adjective     /ˈθɔːt.fəl/ US  /ˈθɑːt-/
B2 carefully considering things: He has a thoughtful approach to his work.Deep in thought C2 quiet because you are thinking about something: You look thoughtful.Kind and thoughtful kind and always thinking about how you can help other people: Thank you for phoning when I was ill - it was very thoughtful of you. She's a very thoughtful person. → Opposite thoughtlessKind and thoughtful thoughtfully     /-i/ adverb He gazed thoughtfully into the distance. There were sandwiches, thoughtfully provided by his wife.Deep in thought thoughtfulness     /-nəs/ noun [U]
(Definition of thoughtful adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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