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"precious" in British English

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preciousadjective

uk   /ˈpreʃ.əs/ us   /ˈpreʃ.əs/
  • precious adjective (VALUABLE)

B2 of great value because of being rare, expensive, or important: a precious gift a precious moment/memory Clean water is a precious commodity in many parts of the world. You're so precious to me.

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  • precious adjective (NOT NATURAL)

mainly UK disapproving behaving in a very formal and unnatural way by giving too much attention to details that are not important and trying too hard to be perfect: He's so precious about his work that he never gets anything done. Don't you hate the precious way she speaks, pronouncing each single consonant so precisely.
preciousness
noun [U] uk   /ˈpreʃ.əs.nəs/ us   /ˈpreʃ.əs.nəs/

preciousadverb

uk   /ˈpreʃ.əs/ us   /ˈpreʃ.əs/ informal
very: Lots of people will start, but precious few will finish. Be careful - you'll be precious little help if you come back injured.
(Definition of precious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precious" in American English

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preciousadjective

us   /ˈpreʃ·əs/
  • precious adjective (VALUABLE)

of very great value or worth: precious memories Children are our most precious resource.
Precious metals are gold, silver, and platinum.
A precious stone is a jewel: Diamonds and rubies are precious stones.

preciousadverb

us   /ˈpreʃ·əs/ infml
  • precious adverb (VERY)

very: He earns precious little money.
(Definition of precious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“precious” in American English

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