Meaning of “thoughtful” in the English Dictionary

"thoughtful" in British English

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thoughtfuladjective

uk /ˈθɔːt.fəl/ us /ˈθɑːt.fəl/

B2 carefully considering things:

He has a thoughtful approach to his work.

C2 quiet because you are thinking about something:

You look thoughtful.

kind and always thinking about how you can help other people:

Thank you for calling when I was ill - it was very thoughtful of you.
She's a very thoughtful person.
Opposite

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  • He is a quietly spoken, thoughtful man.
  • When I asked him if he believed in God, he became very thoughtful.
  • The book is a thoughtful account of his journeys in China.
  • It was very thoughtful of her to bring a cake.
  • I wish the children would be more thoughtful about where they put their litter.
thoughtfully
adverb uk /ˈθɔːt.fəl.i/ us /ˈθɑːt.fəl.i/

He gazed thoughtfully into the distance.
There were sandwiches, thoughtfully provided by his wife.
thoughtfulness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈθɔːt.fəl.nəs/ us /ˈθɑːt.fəl.nəs/

(Definition of “thoughtful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thoughtful" in American English

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thoughtfuladjective

us /ˈθɔt·fəl/

tending to think seriously about things:

You’re looking very thoughtful – what’s on your mind?

Thoughtful also means showing care and consideration in how you treat other people:

"Oh, how thoughtful of you," Dina said, opening the gift.

(Definition of “thoughtful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)