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pensiveadjective

uk   /ˈpen.sɪv/  us   /ˈpen.sɪv/
pensively
adverb uk   /ˈpen.sɪv.li/  us   /ˈpen.sɪv.li/
He gazed pensively at the glass in front of him, lost in thought.
(Definition of pensive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pensive" in American English

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pensiveadjective

 us   /ˈpen·sɪv/
quiet and thinking seriously: James was more pensive than usual.
pensively
adverb  us   /ˈpen·sɪv·li/
He gazed pensively out the window.
(Definition of pensive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pensive”
in Korean 수심에 잠긴…
in Arabic مُتأمّل…
in Malaysian dlm keadaan termenung…
in French pensif…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沉思的, 憂戚的…
in Italian pensieroso…
in Spanish pensativo…
in Vietnamese trầm ngâm…
in Portuguese pensativo…
in Thai ครุ่นคิด…
in German gedankenvoll…
in Catalan pensiu…
in Japanese 物思いに沈んだ, 物思わしげな…
in Chinese (Simplified) 沉思的, 忧戚的…
in Indonesian termenung-menung…
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