[ UK /kˈe‍əfə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈkɛɹfəɫ/ ]
  1. mindful of the future in spending money
    careful with money
  2. exercising caution or showing care or attention
    careful of the rights of others
    they were careful when crossing the busy street
    careful art restorers
    did very careful research
    careful about one's behavior
    be careful to keep her shoes clean
  3. unhurried and with care and dignity
    walking at the same measured pace
    with all deliberate speed
  4. full of cares or anxiety
    Thou art careful and troubled about many things
  5. cautiously attentive
    heedful of his father's advice
    careful of her feelings
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How To Use careful In A Sentence

  • First, the entire science of astronomy had depended on careful measurement from the very beginning.
  • Carefully, she moved a hand forward and eased back the white sheets.
  • But he has to be a little more careful about how he reacts. The Sun
  • The mass media give little background, and what they do is carefully expurgated.
  • Your daughter may indeed welcome your new friend but tread carefully. The Sun
  • As soon as this began to thicken, Neb carefully removed it with a wooden spatula; this accelerated the evaporation, and at the same time prevented it from contracting an empyreumatic flavor. The Mysterious Island
  • Their preferences ultimately shaped the place of worship that Warren built, and the result of that consumer-driven approach to creating Saddleback is a deliberately contemporary, highly professionalized operation with a carefully orchestrated feel-good atmosphere. American Grace
  • The cue maker then carefully chooses and seasons the wood, before tapering and sanding it down on a lathe.
  • A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. C.S. Lewis 
  • This very careful attitude to money can sometimes border on meanness.
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