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UK [ˈkeə(r)f(ə)l] / US [ˈkerf(ə)l] 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 proofreader will miss the occasional error.

careful about:

People should be more careful about the things they say.

careful who/what/how:

You must be careful who you accept a lift from.

careful (that):

Be careful that the medicine is kept away from children.

be careful to do something:

She was careful to keep her records up to date.

a) trying hard not to cause harm or damage

Brighton welcomes careful drivers.

careful with:

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.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used with careful
▪  analysis, assessment, consideration, deliberation, examination, handling, observation, planning, preparation, scrutiny, supervision, thought, timing, watch
2) spending money only when it is necessary

We're going to have to be more careful now that Dad's lost his job.

be careful with (your) money:

She's always been careful with money.

(be) carefulspoken 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!


Derived word:
carefully
UK / US adverb

a carefully worded letter


He washed the antique plates very carefully.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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