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"wary" in British English

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waryadjective

uk   /ˈweə.ri/  us   /ˈwer.i/
C2 not ​completelytrusting or ​certain about something or someone: I'm a little wary of/about giving ​people my ​address when I don't ​know them very well.

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warily
adverb uk   /ˈweə.rɪ.li/  us   /ˈwer.ɪ-/
She ​eyed the ​dog warily, ​afraid it might ​jump.
wariness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of wary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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waryadjective

 us   /ˈweər·i/
careful because you do not ​completelytrust someone or something or are not ​certain about what you should do: Teachers are often wary of ​standardizedtests.
(Definition of wary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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