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"pretty" in British English

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prettyadverb

uk   /ˈprɪt.i/  us   /ˈprɪt̬-/ informal
B1 quite, but not ​extremely: The ​house has four ​bedrooms, so it's pretty ​big. I'm pretty ​sure it was her. I've got a pretty good ​idea of how to get there.pretty much/well B1 almost: I've pretty much ​finished here. She ​knows pretty well everything there is to ​know on the ​subject.

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prettyadjective

uk   /ˈprɪt.i/  us   /ˈprɪt̬-/
A2 pleasant to ​look at, or (​especially of ​girls or women or things ​relating to them) ​attractive or ​pleasant in a ​delicate way: That's a pretty ​hat you're ​wearing. The ​sofa was ​covered in very pretty ​flowerymaterial. She's got such a pretty ​daughter.

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prettiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
Her prettiness was ​matched by her ​intelligence.
(Definition of pretty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pretty" in American English

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prettyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈprɪt̬·i/
pleasant to ​look at, or (esp. of ​girls or women or things ​connected with them) ​attractive or ​charming in a ​delicate way: a pretty ​view My ​oldersister is prettier than I am.

prettyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈprɪt̬·i/
(used to give ​emphasis) to a ​largedegree; to some ​degree: I’ve got a pretty ​clearidea of what’s going on. She was pretty ​tired. "How are you ​feeling?" "Pretty good, ​thanks."
(Definition of pretty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pretty”
in Korean 꽤, 어느 정도…
in Arabic لَطيف إلى حَدّ ما…
in Malaysian cantik…
in French joli, beau…
in Russian довольно, достаточно…
in Chinese (Traditional) 相當,頗,很,非常…
in Italian piuttosto, quasi…
in Turkish oldukça, epey, bir hayli…
in Polish dosyć, raczej…
in Spanish bonito, lindo, buen…
in Vietnamese xinh xắn, đẹp, hay ho gớm…
in Portuguese bem…
in Thai สวย, มากมาย…
in German hübsch, schön…
in Catalan bastant…
in Japanese けっこう, かなり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 相当,颇,很,非常…
in Indonesian cantik, indah…
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