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"reluctant" in British English

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reluctantadjective

uk   us   /rɪˈlʌk.tənt/
C1 not ​willing to do something and ​thereforeslow to do it: [+ to infinitive] I was having such a good ​time I was reluctant toleave. Many ​parentsfeel reluctant totalkopenly with ​theirchildren. She ​persuaded her reluctant ​husband to take a ​trip to Florida with her.

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reluctantly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
C1 She reluctantly agreed to ​step down as ​managingdirector.
(Definition of reluctant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reluctant" in American English

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reluctantadjective

 us   /rɪˈlʌk·tənt/
not ​wanting to do something and ​thereforeslow to do it: [+ to infinitive] She had ​troublesleeping but was reluctant to take ​sleepingpills.
reluctance
noun [U]  us   /rɪˈlʌk·təns/
The ​poll also ​showed a reluctance to ​accepthighertaxes, ​particularly at the ​locallevel.
reluctantly
adverb  us   /rɪˈlʌk·tənt·li/
He reluctantly ​resigned.
(Definition of reluctant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “reluctant”
in Korean -하기를 꺼려하는…
in Arabic مُمانِع…
in Malaysian berat hati…
in French peu disposé à…
in Russian делающий что-либо неохотно…
in Chinese (Traditional) 勉強的, 不情願的…
in Italian riluttante…
in Turkish isteksiz, gönülsüz, kerhen…
in Polish niechętny…
in Spanish renuente, reacio…
in Vietnamese miễn cưỡng…
in Portuguese relutante…
in Thai ไม่เต็มใจ…
in German widerstrebend…
in Catalan refractari…
in Japanese ~したくない, 気が進まない…
in Chinese (Simplified) 勉强的, 不情愿的…
in Indonesian enggan…
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