Definition of deliberate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deliberate
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪt//
he / she / it deliberates
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪts//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪts//
past simple deliberated
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪtɪd//
past participle deliberated
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪtɪd//
-ing form deliberating
BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪtɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪbəreɪt//
[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to think very carefully about something, usually before making a decision The jury deliberated for five days before finding him guilty. The sergeant deliberated for a moment and then agreed to unlock the door. deliberate (on) whether, what, etc… They deliberated (on) whether to continue with the talks.
Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin deliberatus, ‘considered carefully’, past participle of deliberare, from de- ‘down’ + librare ‘weigh’ (from libra ‘scales’).
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