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DELIBERATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deliberate mean? 

DELIBERATE (adjective)
  The adjective DELIBERATE has 5 senses:

1. by conscious design or purpose
2. with care and dignity
3. produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation
4. marked by careful consideration or reflection
5. carefully thought out in advance

  Familiarity information: DELIBERATE used as an adjective is common.


DELIBERATE (verb)
  The verb DELIBERATE has 2 senses:

1. think about carefully; weigh
2. discuss the pros and cons of an issue

  Familiarity information: DELIBERATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DELIBERATE (adjective)


Sense 1deliberate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

By conscious design or purpose

Synonyms:

deliberate; intentional; knowing

Context examples:

intentional damage / a knowing attempt to defraud / a willful waste of time

Similar:

intended (intentional or planned)


Sense 2deliberate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With care and dignity

Synonyms:

deliberate; careful; measured

Context examples:

walking at the same measured pace / with all deliberate speed

Similar:

unhurried (relaxed and leisurely; without hurry or haste)


Sense 3deliberate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation

Synonyms:

studied; deliberate

Context examples:

a studied smile / a note of biting irony and studied insult

Also:

affected; unnatural (speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression)


Sense 4deliberate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by careful consideration or reflection

Context example:

a deliberate decision

Similar:

thoughtful (exhibiting or characterized by careful thought)


Sense 5deliberate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carefully thought out in advance

Synonyms:

calculated; measured; deliberate

Context examples:

a calculated insult / with measured irony

Similar:

premeditated (characterized by deliberate purpose and some degree of planning)


DELIBERATE (verb)


Sense 1deliberate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Think about carefully; weigh

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

deliberate; moot; debate; consider; turn over

Context examples:

They considered the possibility of a strike / Turn the proposal over in your mind

Hypernyms (to "deliberate" is one way to...):

discuss; hash out; talk over (speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "deliberate"):

see (deliberate or decide)

premeditate (consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand)

debate (argue with one another)

wrestle (engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate)

think twice (consider and reconsider carefully)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Sense 2deliberate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discuss the pros and cons of an issue

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

deliberate; debate

Hypernyms (to "deliberate" is one way to...):

discuss; hash out; talk over (speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "deliberate"):

vex (subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue deliberate
Sam wants to deliberate with Sue


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