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English definition of “delicate”

delicate

adjective (EASILY DAMAGED)    /ˈdel.ɪ.kət/
B2 needing careful treatment , especially because easily damaged : Peaches have delicate skins which are easily bruised . Delicate plants need to be kept in a greenhouse during the winter . delicate china Molly's health has always been delicate (= she gets sick easily ).Fragile and breakable C1 needing to be done carefully : Repairing damaged nerves is a very delicate operation / process .Fragile and breakable delicately     /-li/ adverb I thought you handled the situation very delicately (= in a way that avoided causing offence ). The pudding was delicately flavoured with vanilla .Fragile and breakableCausing pleasure
(Definition of delicate adjective (EASILY DAMAGED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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