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"honest" in British English

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honestadjective

uk   /ˈɒn.ɪst/  us   /ˈɑː.nɪst/
B1 telling the ​truth or ​able to be ​trusted and not ​likely to ​steal, ​cheat, or ​lie: She's ​completely honest. I'd like you to give me an honest ​answer/​your honest ​opinion. He had an honest ​face (= he ​looked like he could be ​trusted). To be honest (with you), I don't ​think it will be ​possible.
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(Definition of honest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"honest" in American English

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honestadjective

 us   /ˈɑn·əst/
(of a ​person) ​truthful or ​able to be ​trusted; not ​likely to ​steal, ​cheat, or ​lie, or (of ​actions, ​speech, or ​appearance) ​showing these ​qualities: an honest man an honest ​answer To be honest (= To ​tell the ​truth), I didn’t like the ​movie.
(Definition of honest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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