Definitions for carefulˌkɛər fəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

care•ful*ˌkɛər fəl(adj.)

  1. cautious in one's actions:

    careful when crossing the street.

  2. taking pains in one's work:

    a careful typist.

  3. done or performed with accuracy or caution:

    careful research.

  4. solicitously mindful:

    careful about one's behavior.

  5. Archaic. troubled; anxious.

* Syn: careful , cautious , discreet , wary imply a watchful guarding against something. careful implies guarding against mistakes, harm, or bad consequences by paying close attention to details and by being concerned or solicitous: He was careful not to wake the baby. cautious implies a fear of some unfavorable situation and investigation before acting: cautious about investments. discreet implies being prudent in speech or action and being trustworthy: discreet inquiries about his credit rating. wary implies a vigilant lookout for a danger suspected or feared: wary of polite strangers.

Origin of careful:

bef. 1000


Princeton's WordNet

  1. careful(adj)

    exercising caution or showing care or attention

    "they were careful when crossing the busy street"; "be careful to keep her shoes clean"; "did very careful research"; "careful art restorers"; "careful of the rights of others"; "careful about one's behavior"

  2. careful, heedful(adj)

    cautiously attentive

    "careful of her feelings"; "heedful of his father's advice"

  3. careful, deliberate, measured(adj)

    unhurried and with care and dignity

    "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed"

  4. careful(adj)

    full of cares or anxiety

    "Thou art careful and troubled about many things"-Luke 10.41

  5. careful, thrifty(adj)

    mindful of the future in spending money

    "careful with money"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. careful(adjective)ˌkɛər fəl


    I was careful to speak slowly.; Be careful of the cars!


  1. careful(Adjective)

    Full of care or grief; sorrowful, sad.

  2. careful(Adjective)

    Full of cares or anxiety; worried, troubled.

  3. careful(Adjective)

    Having care (for); attentive to potential danger, error or harm; cautious.

    He was a slow and careful driver.

  4. careful(Adjective)

    Conscientious and painstaking; meticulous.

    They made a careful search of the crimescene.

  5. Origin: From careful, from carful, cearful, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Careful(adj)

    full of care; anxious; solicitous

  2. Careful(adj)

    filling with care or solicitude; exposing to concern, anxiety, or trouble; painful

  3. Careful(adj)

    taking care; giving good heed; watchful; cautious; provident; not indifferent, heedless, or reckless; -- often followed by of, for, or the infinitive; as, careful of money; careful to do right


  1. Careful

    "Careful" is Guster's second single released off the Keep it Together album. It is also on the live CD and DVD Guster on Ice. Brian Rosenworcel does backup vocals during the "na na na nas" on "Careful". This is only the second time he has been credited with vocals.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'careful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2171

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'careful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1129

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'careful' in Adjectives Frequency: #264

Translations for careful

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


taking care; being cautious

Be careful when you cross the street; a careful driver.

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