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"thoughtful" in British English

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thoughtfuladjective

uk   /ˈθɔːt.fəl/  us   /ˈθɑːt-/
B2 carefullyconsidering 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.
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thoughtfully
adverb uk   us   /-i/
He ​gazed thoughtfully into the ​distance. There were ​sandwiches, thoughtfully ​provided by his ​wife.
thoughtfulness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of thoughtful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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thoughtfuladjective

 us   /ˈθɔt·fəl/
tending to ​think seriously about things: You’re ​looking very thoughtful – what’s on ​yourmind? Thoughtful also ​meansshowingcare 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)
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