UK [ˈkeə(r)f(ə)l] / US [ˈkerf(ə)l]
1) if someone is careful, they think about what they are doing so that they do not do anything wrong or so that they avoid problems
Teachers have to be careful when criticizing pupils.careful about:
Even the most careful proofreader will miss the occasional error.careful who/what/how:
People should be more careful about the things they say.careful (that):
You must be careful who you accept a lift from.be careful to do something:
Be careful that the medicine is kept away from children.
She was careful to keep her records up to date.a) trying hard not to cause harm or damagecareful with:
Brighton welcomes careful drivers.
Please be very careful with those plates!b) used about someone's actions
The project needs careful planning.
After careful consideration, we are giving the prize to a children's book.
She took a few careful steps into the water.•
Nouns frequently used with careful
▪ analysis, assessment, consideration, deliberation, examination, handling, observation, planning, preparation, scrutiny, supervision, thought, timing, watch2) spending money only when it is necessarybe careful with (your) money:
We're going to have to be more careful now that Dad's lost his job.
She's always been careful with money.•
(be) careful— spoken used for telling someone to pay attention, for example in order to avoid an accident
There's some ice there – be careful!
Careful, Peter! You'll fall!
UK / US adverb
a carefully worded letter
He washed the antique plates very carefully.
English dictionary. 2014.
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careful — 1 solicitous, anxious, worried, concerned (see under CARE n) Analogous words: disquieted, perturbed, discomposed, disturbed, upset (see DISCOMPOSE): troubled, distressed (see TROUBLE vb): *watchful, vigilant, alert 2 Careful, meticulous,… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
Careful — Care ful (k[^a]r f[.u]l), a. [AS. cearful.] 1. Full of care; anxious; solicitous. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Be careful [Rev. Ver. anxious ] for nothing. Phil. iv. 6. [1913 Webster] The careful plowman doubting stands. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
careful — [ker′fəl] adj. [ME & OE: see CARE & FUL] 1. acting or working in a thoughtful, painstaking way 2. cautious, wary, or guarded [a careful reply] 3. accurately or thoroughly done or made; painstaking [a careful analysis] 4 … English World dictionary
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careful — I adjective accuratus, alert, attentive, attentus, cautious, circumspect, concerned, diligens, discreet, foresighted, guarded, heedful, judicious, meticulous, mindful, on one s guard, on the alert, overcautious, painstaking, precautious,… … Law dictionary
careful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) taking care to avoid mishap or harm; cautious. 2) (careful with) prudent in the use of. 3) done with or showing thought and attention. DERIVATIVES carefully adverb carefulness noun … English terms dictionary
careful — O.E. cearful mournful, sad, also full of care or woe; anxious; full of concern (for someone or something), thus applying attention, painstaking, circumspect; from CARE (Cf. care) (n.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Carefully (O.E. carful lice) … Etymology dictionary
careful — [adj] cautious; painstaking accurate, alert, apprehensive, assiduous, attentive, chary, choosy, circumspect, concerned, conscientious, conservative, cool, deliberate, discreet, exacting, fastidious, finicky, fussy, going to great lengths*,… … New thesaurus
careful — care|ful [ kerfl ] adjective *** 1. ) if someone is careful, they think about what they are doing so that they do not do anything wrong or so that they avoid problems: Teachers have to be careful when criticizing pupils. Even the most careful… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
careful — care|ful W2S1 [ˈkeəfəl US ˈker ] adj 1.) (be) careful! spoken used to tell someone to think about what they are doing so that something bad does not happen ▪ Be careful there s broken glass on the floor! 2.) trying very hard to avoid doing… … Dictionary of contemporary English