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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The jury in Montgomery County Circuit Court deliberated about one hour and 45 minutes Friday before finding against the hospital in the case for the family of Alice Mae Reed. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Jury awards $5 million to family in Jackson Hospital case," 17 June 2019 The Warren County jury deliberated for four hours before acquitting 20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges. CBS News, "Woman accused of killing newborn acquitted of aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter," 12 Sep. 2019 The Warren County jury deliberated for four hours before acquitting 20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. Fox News, "Ohio mom, 20, acquitted of killing newborn, convicted of corpse abuse," 12 Sep. 2019 The jury deliberated less than four hours before acquitting Matthew Berger on all five counts of sending threatening communications by phone and threatening the life of a federal officer. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban man acquitted of charges he threatened to kill FBI agents," 9 Sep. 2019 An Arapahoe County District Court jury deliberated for about three hours Friday before returning the guilty verdict against Michael Christopher Taylor, 36, according to the 18th Judicial District. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Repeat felon guilty of attempted murder for shooting Aurora auto shop owner in the face," 6 Sep. 2019 Jurors deliberated less than a day before vindicating Craig, 74, a former top legal adviser to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Anchorage Daily News, "High-powered Democratic lawyer found not guilty of lying to investigators about work for Ukraine government," 4 Sep. 2019 The jury deliberated for less than four hours before delivering the verdict. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Medina County man found guilty of murder at Cleveland’s Steelyard Commons," 27 Aug. 2019 Six jurors deliberated for six hours before convicting Michael Drejka for the July 19, 2018, death of Markeis McGlockton. Terry Spencer And Mike Schneider, USA TODAY, "Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting of black man," 24 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While segregation may not be deliberate today, the level of separation between white students and students of color is higher. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "More than half of Denver’s public schools are segregated, 25 years after busing ended," 8 Sep. 2019 Of course, a city can try to instead take a more deliberate approach. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Democratic candidates’ school integration plans, explained," 3 July 2019 Long search for a New York launchpad The company had been looking for a spot in New York since the 1990s and typical of its deliberate approach to expansion, waited patiently for years for the right opportunity. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Nordstrom's New Men's Store Is the First Step in Its Plan to Conquer New York," 9 Apr. 2018 Analysts have almost universally pointed out that the government’s six-year timeline necessarily precludes a deliberate, comprehensive and careful planning and construction process. Gabriel Diaz Montemayor, The Conversation, "Mexico wants to run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland — should it?," 13 Aug. 2019 The government made a very deliberate decision to become the world’s leading exporter of culture (hallyu), which resulted in not only the massive success of K-Pop, but soap operas and its film scene as well. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "A K-beauty lover makes a pilgrimage to Seoul, the capital of skincare and K-Pop," 23 July 2019 The protesters’ deliberate decision to use cash, despite its seeming inconvenience, also shows how increasingly cashless societies can present dire privacy concerns. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why Hong Kong’s protesters were afraid to use their metro cards," 13 June 2019 Each track is deliberate and, in some way, unlocks information about what's to come on Game of Thrones' final season. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Game of Thrones Ending Is Hidden in This Playlist," 9 Apr. 2019 If so, is that deliberate, perhaps because those tasks are being handed off to some of the other specialized logic blocks? Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018

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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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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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