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"faithful" in British English

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faithfuladjective

uk   us   /ˈfeɪθ.fəl/
  • faithful adjective (LOYAL)

B2 firm and not ​changing in ​yourfriendship with or ​support for a ​person or an ​organization, or in ​yourbelief in ​yourprinciples: a faithful friend They are faithful ​supporters of the ​Labour Party. His faithful ​olddogaccompanied him ​everywhere he went.C2 If ​yourhusband, ​wife, or ​partner is faithful, he or she does not have a ​sexualrelationship with anyone ​else: Was ​yourwife faithful during ​yourmarriage? He was faithful to his ​wifethroughouttheir 30-year ​marriage.remain faithful to sth to ​continue to ​support or ​follow something: He ​remained faithful to the ​regime when so many ​othersspoke out against it. Despite ​persecution, she ​remained faithful to her ​beliefs.

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  • faithful adjective (ACCURATE)

true or not ​changing any of the ​details, ​facts, ​style, etc. of the ​original: She gave a faithful account of what had ​happened on that ​night. I have ​tried to ​keep my ​translation as faithful as ​possible to the ​originalbook.
  • faithful adjective (RELIGIOUS)

following a ​particularreligion: faithful Christians faithful followers of ​Buddhism

faithfulnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfeɪθ.fəl/
  • faithful noun [C] (SUPPORTER)

someone who ​continues to ​support someone or something: He gave a ​rousingspeech to a ​roomfull of party faithfuls (= faithful ​supporters of a ​politicalparty).

faithfulnoun [plural]

uk   us   /ˈfeɪθ.fəl/
the faithful people who are always ​loyal to a ​particulargroup or ​organization, ​especially a ​politicalparty: They ​asked for ​donations from the party faithful. the ​people who ​believe in a ​particularreligion: We ​heardbellscalling the faithful to ​prayer.
(Definition of faithful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"faithful" in American English

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faithfuladjective

 us   /ˈfeɪθ·fəl/
trusted; ​loyal: She has been a faithful ​employee for 30 ​years. If something, such as a ​copy or ​recording, is faithful, it is ​exactly like or very ​similar to the ​original: The ​painting was a faithful ​reproduction of the ​original. If you are faithful to someone or something, you ​remainloyal and ​keep the ​promises you made: You've been faithful to ​yourfamily.
(Definition of faithful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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