deliberate


1de·lib·er·ate

verb \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

Rhymes with DELIBERATE

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2de·lib·er·ate

adjective \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

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