Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “deliberate”

See all translations

deliberate

adjective uk   /dɪˈlɪb.ər.ət/ us    /-ɚ-/
B2 (often of something bad) intentional or planned: a deliberate attack/insult/lie We made a deliberate decision to live apart for a while. A deliberate movement, action, or thought is done carefully without hurrying: From her slow, deliberate speech I guessed she must be drunk.
More examples

deliberate

verb [I or T] uk   /dɪˈlɪb.ə.reɪt/ formal us  
to think or talk seriously and carefully about something: The jury took five days to deliberate on the case. The committee has deliberated the question at great length. [+ question word] He's deliberating whether or not to accept the new job that he's been offered.
(Definition of deliberate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of deliberate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “deliberate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More