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"deliberate" in British English

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deliberateadjective

uk   /dɪˈlɪb.ər.ət/  us   /-ɚ-/
B2 (often of something ​bad) ​intentional or ​planned: a deliberate ​attack/​insult/​lie We made a deliberate ​decision to ​liveapart for a while. A deliberate ​movement, ​action, or ​thought is done ​carefully without ​hurrying: From her ​slow, deliberate ​speech I ​guessed she must be ​drunk.

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deliberateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈlɪb.ə.reɪt/ formal
(Definition of deliberate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deliberate" in American English

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deliberateadjective

 us   /dɪˈlɪb·ər·ət/
(of an ​action or a ​decision) ​intentional or ​planned, often with the ​result of being ​harmful to someone: a deliberate ​insult He ​accused her of writing deliberate untruths. Someone who moves, ​acts, or ​thinks in a deliberate way moves, ​acts, or ​thinksslowly and usually ​carefully.

deliberateverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈlɪb·əˌreɪt/
to ​think or ​talk seriously and ​carefully about something: [I] The ​jury deliberated for two ​days before ​reaching a ​verdict.
(Definition of deliberate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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