stubborn Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “stubborn” in the English Dictionary

"stubborn" in British English

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stubbornadjective

uk   /ˈstʌb.ən/  us   /-ɚn/
B2 disapproving A stubborn ​person is ​determined to do what he or she ​wants and ​refuses to do anything ​else: They have ​hugearguments because they're both so stubborn. Things that are stubborn are ​difficult to ​move, ​change, or ​deal with: He was ​famed for his stubborn resistance and his ​refusal to ​acceptdefeat. Stubborn stains can be ​removed using a ​smallamount of ​detergent.
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stubbornly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
She stubbornly refused to ​sign the ​document.
stubbornness
noun [U] uk   /ˈstʌb.ən.nəs/  us   /-ɚn-/
(Definition of stubborn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stubborn" in American English

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stubbornadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈstʌb·ərn/
opposed to ​change or ​suggestion: He’s ​sick, but he’s too stubborn to ​see a ​doctor. If something is stubborn, it is hard to ​fix or ​deal with: stubborn ​stains a stubborn ​problem
(Definition of stubborn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “stubborn”
in Korean 고집센…
in Arabic عَنيد…
in Malaysian degil…
in French têtu…
in Russian упрямый…
in Chinese (Traditional) 頑固的,執拗的,倔強的, 難移動的, 難改變的…
in Italian testardo, ostinato…
in Turkish inatçı, dik başlı, dik kafalı…
in Polish uparty…
in Spanish cabezota…
in Vietnamese bướng bỉnh, ngoan cố…
in Portuguese teimoso, obstinado…
in Thai ดื้อรั้น…
in German eigensinnig…
in Catalan tossut…
in Japanese (性格が)頑固な, 強情な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 顽固的,执拗的,倔强的, 难移动的, 难改变的…
in Indonesian keras kepala…
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