Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: de¦lib|er¦ate¦ly
Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪb(ə)rətli

Definition of deliberately in English:


1Consciously and intentionally; on purpose: the fire was started deliberately
More example sentences
  • The language of central banking is obscure, deliberately obscured, in my view.
  • At times, they have been more or less deliberately constructed for public relations purposes.
  • I'm not trying to be deliberately provocative here, by the way.
2In a careful and unhurried way: slowly and deliberately he rose from the armchair
More example sentences
  • Slowly, deliberately maintaining eye contact with him, Beth drew one arm around Charlotte's waist.

Definition of deliberately in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coxcomb
Pronunciation: ˈkɒkskəʊm
a vain and conceited man; a dandy