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careful
American English: /ˈkɛrfəl/
British English: /ˈkɛːfʊl/
, /ˈkɛːf(ə)l/

Translation of careful in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 (cautious) you should be more careful in future
    tendrías que tener más cuidado en el futuro
    you can't be too careful
    toda prudencia es poca
    (be) careful be careful going down the stairs
    (ten) cuidado al bajar las escaleras
    (be) careful you don't fall!
    ¡cuidado, no vayas a caerte!
    be careful she doesn't trick you
    ten cuidado de que no te vaya a engañar
    be careful where you step/what you say
    (ten) cuidado dónde pisas/con lo que dices
    to be careful of somebody/something
    tener cuidado con alguien/algo
    be careful of pickpockets/the dog
    ten cuidado con los carteristas/el perro
    I have to be careful of drinking too much
    tengo que tener cuidado de no beber demasiado
    to be careful to + infinitive
    procurar + infinitive
    be careful not to upset my mother
    procura no disgustar a mi madre
    I was careful to invite her as well
    no se me pasó por alto invitarla
    to be careful with something
    tener cuidado con algo
    be careful with that vase
    ten cuidado con ese jarrón
    to be careful with one's money (thrifty)
    cuidar el dinero
    (mean) [euphemistic]
    mirar mucho el dinero
    Example sentences
    • They were careful to make sure Robinson's helmet and feet did not contact the fragile ship.
    • In taking forward his company, he must be careful to make sure that the business case works for each part separately.
    • An unadmitted lack of confidence makes him careful to avoid open conflict and he feels he must make the best of things as they are.
    Example sentences
    • Yes, these are tough times for everyone, but that is not why he was being so careful with his money.
    • He has a reputation for being careful with money, but not with time and laughs.
    • Apparently she was that she was a bit too careful with her money and died leaving millions of pounds.
  • 2 (painstaking)
    (planning)
    cuidadoso
    (work)
    cuidado
    esmerado
    bien hecho
    (worker)
    meticuloso
    after careful consideration of all the options
    después de considerar detenidamente todas las opciones
    Example sentences
    • Anti-speed campaigners in Guiseley have been rewarding careful drivers with a smile.
    • Considering I was the world's most careful driver, I felt some tension creep into my body.
    • It is measured objectively by the care to be expected of an experienced, skilled and careful driver.

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