deliberate

verb
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce deliberate (audio) \
deliberated; deliberating

Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to think about or discuss issues and decisions carefully The jury deliberated for several days before reaching a verdict.

transitive verb

: to think about deliberately and often with formal discussion before reaching a decision deliberate the question was deliberating whether or not to accept the offer

deliberate

adjective
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-rət How to pronounce deliberate (audio) , -ˈlib-rət \

Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration a deliberate decision Ms. Barker herself has said that the decision to write about the war was a deliberate response to patronizing reviews of her working-class settings …— Claudia Roth Pierpont
2 : characterized by awareness of the consequences a deliberate exaggeration a deliberate act of protest
3 : slow, unhurried, and steady as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved The jeweler worked at a deliberate pace.

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Adjective

deliberateness noun

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Verb

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

Adjective

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

Examples of deliberate in a Sentence

Verb The jury deliberated for two days before reaching a verdict. They will deliberate the question. Adjective She spoke in a clear, deliberate manner. He advocates a slow and deliberate approach to the problem.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The jury of seven men and five women began deliberating on Tuesday and has not reached a verdict. Eric Levenson, CNN, "How the charges in Harvey Weinstein's trial work, and why Annabella Sciorra's testimony is so vital," 19 Feb. 2020 The prosecution will offer its closing statement on Friday, and the jury will begin deliberating next week. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Reading J. M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace” During the Harvey Weinstein Trial," 14 Feb. 2020 Defense lawyers rested their case Tuesday and the jury is expected to begin deliberating on Wednesday. oregonlive, "Unlikely alliance of Nike and U.S. Justice Department combine to shut down Avenatti," 12 Feb. 2020 The jury could begin deliberating on their decision, which must be unanimous, by Tuesday of next week. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Harvey Weinstein Won't Testify in His New York Criminal Trial," 11 Feb. 2020 Closing arguments are now set to begin Thursday, Deadline reports, while the jury is expected to begin deliberating next week. TheWeek, "Harvey Weinstein's defense rests and announces he won't testify," 11 Feb. 2020 On Friday, a jury begins deliberating the case against Jerry Miller and Durrell Harris. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Milwaukee men accused of using a dating app to lure 5 girls and young women into a gang rape," 6 Feb. 2020 The 12-member jury began deliberating shortly before 1 p.m. at the Orange County Courthouse and rendered a verdict in about four-and-a-half hours. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Markeith Loyd verdict: Guilty of 1st-degree murder in killing of pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon," 14 Oct. 2019 The jury deliberated about 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon before announcing the verdict. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Former Birmingham police Lt. found guilty in rape of stepdaughter," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The disorder occurred as a wave of speculation online spread suggesting that the first cases of the virus may have arrived in Ukraine, including what appeared to be a deliberate disinformation campaign. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "Hysteria over coronavirus sparks violent protests in Ukraine," 21 Feb. 2020 Bias against Muslims is not just evident in the deliberate misconduct by police forces but is even written into the law. Sharik Laliwala, Quartz India, "Facing bias, India’s Muslims are rallying behind its secular constitution, not radical Islam," 20 Feb. 2020 All three suspects were arrested Wednesday and have been charged with one count of deliberate homicide. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Grandparents, uncle charged in beating death, torture of Montana boy," 18 Feb. 2020 The boy has been charged with attempted deliberate homicide and was remanded to youth services. Madeline Holcombe And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "14-year-old boy charged with attempted deliberate homicide after allegedly hitting police officer with car," 17 Feb. 2020 But that physical difference becomes secondary to the prince's deliberate apartness, maintaining the distance of a solitary young man, raw pain emblazoned in his eyes, but also one who is guarded by nature. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamlet': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 2020 Through his questioning, Wright was able to get Dugan to confess that there had been a deliberate cover-up to frame Wright for the drug charges. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "The Story Behind ABC’s New True Crime Drama For Life," 10 Feb. 2020 The next steps that are broadly outlined in the report are in keeping with golf’s fondness for deliberate, ruminative processes, and at odds with the modern thirst for flip-switch change. Eamon Lynch, Golfweek, "Lynch: The USGA's distance report is out, and so begins the battle for golf's future," 4 Feb. 2020 Success would come after hours of deliberate movement, while failure would come in seconds, his legs collapsing underneath him, bringing Francisco and his spirit back down once more. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "David Francisco Comes Back From the Abyss Stronger in Excellent Memoir 'Lionheart'," 2 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of deliberate

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deliberate

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, from Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare to consider carefully, perhaps alteration of *delibrare, from de- + libra scale, pound

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The first known use of deliberate was in the 14th century

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26 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deliberate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliberate. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for deliberate

deliberate

verb
How to pronounce deliberate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

deliberate

adjective
How to pronounce deliberate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

deliberate

verb
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce deliberate (audio) \
deliberated; deliberating

Kids Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to think about carefully

deliberate

adjective
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-rət How to pronounce deliberate (audio) , -ˈli-brət \

Kids Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from deliberate

deliberately adverb She deliberately lied!

deliberate

verb
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce deliberate (audio) \
deliberated; deliberating

Legal Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to think about and weigh or discuss issues and decisions carefully the jury retired to deliberate

transitive verb

: to think about or evaluate

deliberate

adjective
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-rət How to pronounce deliberate (audio) \

Legal Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : characterized by or resulting from careful consideration especially : characterized by or resulting from evaluation done in a cool state of blood and with a fixed purpose deliberate murder — compare premeditated
2 : characterized by an understanding of the nature of a thing or act and its consequences deliberate falsehoods

Other Words from deliberate

deliberately adverb
deliberateness noun

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