Definition of precious
- precious jewels
- a precious friend
diamonds and other precious stones
We can save precious time by taking this shortcut.
They were able to be together for only a few precious hours.
the family's most precious moments
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She had precious little to say.
There are precious few hours of sunlight left.
: very or extremely
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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