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1deliberate

verb de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt\

: to think about or discuss something very carefully in order to make a decision

de·lib·er·at·edde·lib·er·at·ing

Full Definition of DELIBERATE

intransitive verb
:  to think about or discuss issues and decisions carefully
transitive verb
:  to think about deliberately and often with formal discussion before reaching a decision

Examples of DELIBERATE

  1. The jury deliberated for two days before reaching a verdict.
  2. They will deliberate the question.

First Known Use of DELIBERATE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of DELIBERATE

think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection <I just thought of a good joke>. conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design <conceived of a new marketing approach>. imagine stresses a visualization <imagine you're at the beach>. fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires <fancied himself a super athlete>. realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined <realized the enormity of the task ahead>. envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed <envisaged a totally computerized operation> <envisioned a cure for the disease>.

think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions <teaches students how to think>. cogitate implies deep or intent thinking <cogitated on the mysteries of nature>. reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind <reflecting on fifty years of married life>. reason stresses consecutive logical thinking <able to reason brilliantly in debate>. speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic <speculated on the fate of the lost explorers>. deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision <the jury deliberated for five hours>.

Rhymes with DELIBERATE

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2deliberate

adjective de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-rət, -ˈlib-rət\

: done or said in a way that is planned or intended : done or said on purpose

: done or decided after careful thought

: slow and careful

Full Definition of DELIBERATE

1
:  characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration <a deliberate decision>
2
:  characterized by awareness of the consequences <deliberate falsehood>
3
:  slow, unhurried, and steady as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved <a deliberate pace>
de·lib·er·ate·ly adverb
de·lib·er·ate·ness noun

Examples of DELIBERATE

  1. She spoke in a clear, deliberate manner.
  2. He advocates a slow and deliberate approach to the problem.

Origin of DELIBERATE

Middle English, from Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare to consider carefully, perhaps alteration of *delibrare, from de- + libra scale, pound
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of DELIBERATE

voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion <a voluntary confession>. intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved <the intentional concealment of vital information>. deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences <deliberate acts of sabotage>. willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another <willing obedience>.
DELIBERATE Defined for Kids

1deliberate

verb de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt\
de·lib·er·at·edde·lib·er·at·ing

Definition of DELIBERATE for Kids

:  to think about carefully

2deliberate

adjective de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-rət, -ˈli-brət\

Definition of DELIBERATE for Kids

1
:  showing careful thought <a deliberate decision>
2
:  done or said on purpose <a deliberate lie>
3
:  slow in action :  not hurried <a deliberate pace>
de·lib·er·ate·ly adverb <She deliberately lied!>

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