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Meaning of “careful” in the English Dictionary

"careful" in British English

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carefuladjective

uk   /ˈkeə.fəl/  us   /ˈker-/
A2 giving a lot of ​attention to what you are doing so that you do not have an ​accident, make a ​mistake, or ​damage something: Be careful with the ​glasses. Be careful where you put that ​hotpan. Be careful tolook both ​ways when you ​cross the ​road. Michael is a very careful ​worker. After careful ​consideration of ​yourproposal, I ​regret to say that we are ​unable to ​accept it. He's in a really ​foultemper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.

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(Definition of careful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"careful" in American English

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carefuladjective

 us   /ˈkeər·fəl/
giving ​attention to something in ​order to ​avoid esp. an ​accident or ​problem: Norman is a careful ​driver. Give my ​suggestion careful ​consideration. [+ question word] He’s in a really ​badmood so be careful what you say to him. [+ question word] Be careful where you put that ​hotpan. [+ to infinitive] Be careful to ​look both ​ways when you cross the ​street.
(Definition of careful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “careful”
in Arabic مُنتَبِه…
in Korean 주의 깊은…
in Portuguese cuidadoso, cauteloso, atento…
in Catalan curós…
in Japanese 慎重な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 仔细的, 小心的, 认真的…
in Turkish dikkatli, itinalı, özenli…
in Russian осторожный, тщательный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 仔細的, 小心的, 認真的…
in Italian prudente, attento…
in Polish uważny, ostrożny…
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