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.

Other Words from deliberate

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thomas said the candidates were scheduled to go through longer interviews with the Town Council on May 19, and the council will deliberate. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 After hearing testimony from more than 800 witnesses, the jury retires to deliberate. CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 The jury took less than four hours to deliberate in the first January 6 case to go to trial. Robert Legare, CBS News, 9 Mar. 2022 The judges began to deliberate after nearly six hours of online testimony. Jake Seiner, courant.com, 13 Feb. 2022 The jury will begin to deliberate on Monday after lawyers for each side make closing arguments. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Voters might want to deliberate on that one a bit before turning power right back over to the GOP next year. David Faris, The Week, 23 Nov. 2021 Jurors deliberated for about an hour last Monday, all of Tuesday and Wednesday, and then returned after Christmas to deliberate on Monday. Lauren Del Valle And Eric Levenson, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 The jury continues to deliberate in that case, and will return to court Tuesday morning. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Open-mindedness involves numerous qualities that demand active participation and deliberate exercise. Dave Buss, Forbes, 4 May 2022 In other words, Web2 culture revolves around a fail fast, fail forward ideology, while Web3 culture brings deliberate attention to auditing and security. Laura Wallendal, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2022 Willis’s slightly off-kilter body language and deliberate line readings give the protagonist a stilted quality that, on repeat viewings, seems entirely apt for a man who is repressing his own purgatorial loneliness. Adam Nayman, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2022 After three consecutive chart-slaying, Big Pop winners from Taylor Swift, Adele, and Bruno Mars, the Recording Academy elected one of its most patient and deliberate AOTY winners in Golden Hour. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2022 To pick this up, throw this down on a little boy's head, does that suggest calm, deliberate action? CBS News, 26 Mar. 2022 But with his relentless and deliberate bombing of civilians, Mr. Putin has crossed a line the world cannot forget. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Party leaders have promised swift but deliberate consideration. Arkansas Online, 26 Feb. 2022 Party leaders have promised swift but deliberate consideration. Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of deliberate

Verb

1536y, in the meaning defined at transitive 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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“Deliberate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliberate. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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