Meaning of “deliberately” in the English Dictionary

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"deliberately" in British English

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uk /dɪˈlɪb.ər.ə us /dɪˈlɪb.ɚ.ə

B2 intentionally:

I'm sure he says these things deliberately to annoy me.

slowly and carefully:

Calmly and deliberately, she cut up his suits one by one.

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  • It is believed that the building was set on fire deliberately.
  • I deliberately didn't have lunch so that I would be hungry tonight.
  • He was sent off for deliberately tripping Robson when he was about to score a goal.
  • I didn't do it deliberately - it was an accident!
  • The paintwork has been deliberately scratched.

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

"deliberately" in American English

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us /dɪˈlɪb·ər·ət·li/


He did it deliberately to annoy me.

(Definition of “deliberately” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)