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

deliberately adverb
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 three days and returned a verdict Tuesday that found San Jose police officers Michael Santos and Anthony Vizzusi used excessive force against Nunez on July 4, 2016. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "The Scanner: Jury sides with family of San Jose teen shot by police in 2016," 8 July 2019 No public announcement was made, but a Court of Appeals opinion this week noted that Greene had heard the case and deliberated with fellow judges, but retired before the opinion was finalized. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Judge Clayton Greene Jr. retires from Maryland's highest court," 5 July 2019 The Woodford County Fire Department is deliberating when to extinguish the fire. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Distilling the Jim Beam fire: What we know about the cause, river impact and more," 3 July 2019 The jury is still deliberating punishment for that charge, which could potentially result in a loss of rank. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher is not guilty of murder, was acquitted of most charges," 2 July 2019 During Duckenfield's first trial, the BBC note that jurors deliberated for more than 29 hours, but were unable to reach a decision as to whether Duckenfield should be found guilty for gross negligence manslaughter. SI.com, "Hillsborough Match Commander David Duckenfield to Face Retrial Over Stadium Disaster," 25 June 2019 Jurors deliberated Friday afternoon for about one hour — then found Philidor not guilty of the crime. David Ovalle, sun-sentinel.com, "Accused burglar threw his poop at a Miami judge. Then, the jury acquitted him.," 21 June 2019 After hearing final arguments Tuesday, the jury of eight men and four women now will deliberate that privately. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Closing arguments in Kellen Winslow rape trial: 'You hold this man's life in your hands'," 30 July 2018 Some of the documents were filed in court in May, just as the U.S. Supreme Court deliberated on whether the Census Bureau should be allowed to ask everyone in the country the citizenship question. Washington Post, "Gerrymandering architect’s files figure in census, map cases," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But others think that Johnson's decision to lead the Brexit campaign was nothing more than a deliberate political move. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson, the divisive Brexit-backing populist or the charming liberal metropolitan? UK has no idea which leader it'll get," 13 July 2019 No way of knowing the role travel, or the team’s deliberate spring training build-up, or the more frequent conversations about off-field issues has played in the team’s good-not-great performance. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "All that travel was a prominent player in Red Sox’ ‘stop and go’ start," 12 July 2019 Westbrook, 30, can collapse defenses, get to the free throw line, and inject pace to an incredibly deliberate attack. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "Rockets reunite Harden and Westbrook, trading old problems for new ones," 12 July 2019 That’s a deliberate delay to arrange Tennor’s investment, a spokeswoman said. Thomas Beardsworth, Fortune, "German Entrepreneur Bets on a Favorite Meghan Markle Fashion Brand," 11 July 2019 From Smith’s research, the five most deliberate pitchers were: Bud Norris (28.4 seconds between pitches), Junichi Tazawa (27.1), Joe Kelly (27.0), Brad Hand (26.8) and Darren O’Day (26.7). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Time to put major league pitchers on the clock? Not so fast," 10 July 2019 Biblical books tend not to read like deliberate fabrications, so emphasis falls on the latter. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘A History of the Bible’ Review: Scripture Under Scrutiny," 9 July 2019 As a deliberate throwback to 1980′s blockbusters that prioritized thrills and jokes over characterization, most everyone can be described in just a couple basic words. Caroline Framke, chicagotribune.com, "‘Stranger Things’ finally does right by female characters with Maya Hawke’s Robin," 6 July 2019 Aster handles the windup shrewdly with a persuasive realism, a deliberate pace and crepuscular lighting. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Midsommar’ Review: Building a Horror Møusetrap With Swedish Bait," 2 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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