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 deliberated for four hours and 25 minutes. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Ohio Cheerleader Sentenced to Probation After Judge Says She Showed 'Grotesque Disregard for Life'," 13 Sep. 2019 The jurors spent several hours deliberating on Wednesday before being sequestered in a hotel overnight. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Deliberations continue in Temple sentencing," 8 Aug. 2019 Jurors spent about three hours deliberating the punishment for Mathews, who this week pleaded guilty to injury to a child in the October 2017 death of Sherin Mathews. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Richardson dad who let 3-year-old Sherin Mathews die 'over milk' gets life in prison," 26 June 2019 Following that, the jurors will be given their instructions from the judge and sent to deliberate on a verdict. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "In closing argument, prosecutor says Lundergan's campaign mistakes were 'deliberate'," 11 Sep. 2019 But the hiatus Johnson engineered was the longest of its kind since 1945, and would leave almost no time for lawmakers to deliberate about how and whether to exit the EU on the deadline day. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Court ruling suggests Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have broken the ultimate taboo: lying to Her Majesty," 11 Sep. 2019 Cheney noted that Camp David was where President George W. Bush assembled his senior advisers and Cabinet officials to deliberate the response to the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Why Donald Trump's plan to host Taliban at prestigious Camp David stirred bipartisan outrage," 9 Sep. 2019 Jurors at the Leighton Criminal Court Building took less than two hours to deliberate. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Woman convicted in killing of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis’ grandson in spat over gym shoes," 24 July 2019 Jurors left the courtroom just after 5 p.m. to deliberate after hearing fiery closing arguments from prosecutors and attorneys for Derick Wiley following a week of testimony. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Jury deliberating fate of former Mesquite police officer accused of shooting unarmed man in the back," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Battle told the council that the city was moving forward in a deliberate slow pace on scooters to avoid pitfalls experienced by other cities such as Nashville and Atlanta. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Why Huntsville’s city council killed downtown scooter proposal," 13 Sep. 2019 However, the issue may come if United, who have made very deliberate changes to their recruitment policy in recent months, don’t want to be seen ditching that already. SI.com, "5 Midfielders Man Utd Could Attempt to Sign in January Transfer Window," 12 Sep. 2019 Some combination of deliberate tactics and the unprecedented loathing of his opponents causes anything bombastic, silly, or overly self-centered to be played up and employed to reinforce the caricature of him as a blustering, narcissistic windbag. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump’s Only Real Weakness Is His Style," 11 Sep. 2019 The best answer seems to be in the Padres’ decision makers’ desire to be deliberate in thoroughly examining the team’s condition and potential in the face of numerous factors that make numbers essentially meaningless at this point in time. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Will Padres manager Andy Green return in 2020? Stay tuned," 5 Sep. 2019 But all this austerity romanticizes an idea of deliberate focus long gone. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Limit My Screen Time," 5 Sep. 2019 Tip: Be deliberate with your bra choice and pick a visibly different color than the tank. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Revives the ’00s Bra Strap Reveal," 21 June 2019 The request carried a low-urgency level, meaning parliament has up to two years, or until 2021, to deliberate and possibly approve the bill. Washington Post, "Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency," 21 Aug. 2019 The five members of the SAG disciplinary committee present then halted the proceedings for an hour to deliberate, but ultimately allowed Bogart to share her story via video conference. Amy Kaufman, latimes.com, "SAG finds Kip Pardue guilty of serious misconduct. What repercussions will he face?," 7 July 2019

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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

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

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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