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Definition of graceful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1moving in a controlled, attractive way or having a smooth, attractive form The dancers were all tall and graceful. He gave a graceful bow to the audience. the graceful curves of the hills Dolphins are incredibly graceful and efficient swimmers.
  2. 2polite and kind in your behavior, especially in a difficult situation His father had always taught him to be graceful in defeat. At the age of 70, she withdrew into graceful retirement.
adverb The cathedral's white towers climb gracefully into the sky. I think we should just give in gracefully. Deer ran gracefully between the trees.
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noun [uncountable]
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